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Hopman Cup
Hopman Cup.jpg
 Exhibition
Location Perth, Western Australia
Australia Australia
Venue Burswood Dome (1989-present)
Perth Arena (from 2011)
Surface hard indoor
Draw 8 Teams (Group A+B)
Website Hopmancup.com

The Hopman Cup is an annual international team tennis tournament founded by Paul McNamee and Charlie Fancutt, and held in Perth, Western Australia in early January (sometimes commencing in late December) each year, which plays mixed teams on a country by country basis.

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Format

Unlike other major international team tennis tournaments like the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, which are strictly for men or women only, the Hopman Cup is a mixed competition where male and female players team up together on combined teams and represent their country. Players are invited to attend, national coaches not being involved in selecting teams.

Eight nations are selected annually to compete in the Hopman Cup. (The 'last' team may be decided by play-offs between several nations before competition begins. For Hopman Cup XIX however, this did not occur, due to the Asian Qualifying Tournament creating the eighth team. The official tournament website also has no qualifier listed in its schedule.)

Each team consists of one male player and one female player. Each match-up between two teams at the championships consists of:

  • one women's singles match
  • one men's singles match
  • one mixed doubles match

Each year the eight competing teams are separated into two groups of four (with two teams being seeded) and face-off against each of the other three teams in their group in a round-robin format. These seedings ensure that each group has approximately similar strength. The top team in each group then meet in a final to decide the champions.

If a player is injured then a player of a lower ranking of that nation may be the substitute.

Venue

The matches are played at an indoor hardcourt venue - the Burswood Dome at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. The tournament is a sanctioned event in the calendar of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but individual player results are not included in the calculation of the tennis world rankings. The competition receives extensive television coverage in Australia and is an important lead-up tournament to the Australian Open each January. The winning team receives a silver cup perpetual trophy, and the winning team members are presented with distinctive individual trophies in the shape of a tennis ball encrusted with diamonds from the Argyle diamond mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Harry Hopman

The championship is named in honour of Harry Hopman (1906-1985), an Australian tennis player and coach who guided the country to no fewer than 15 Davis Cup titles in the 1938-1969 period.

Since the Hopman Cup was founded in 1989, it has been attended every year by Harry Hopman's widow, Lucy, who travels to the tournament annually from her home in the United States. Fans have warmly adopted her as the "Queen of the Cup".[1]

Miscellaneous

The Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup is the former Australian tennis player Paul McNamee, who played a key role in the founding of the championships.

The 2005/06 Hopman Cup was the first elite-level tennis tournament where the system was introduced allowing players to challenge point-ending line calls similar to that in clay court tournaments. The challenged calls are immediately reviewed on a large monitor using Hawk-Eye technology.

The XX Hopman Cup, in 2008, was to be the last to be held at the Burswood Dome, however this has been extended until 2011, when the new Perth Arena is due for completion.

Past Champions

Year Winning Country Players
2010  Spain Tommy Robredo & María José Martínez Sánchez
2009  Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý & Dominika Cibulková
2008  United States Mardy Fish & Serena Williams
2007  Russia Dmitry Tursunov & Nadia Petrova
2006  United States Taylor Dent & Lisa Raymond
2005  Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý & Daniela Hantuchová
2004  United States James Blake & Lindsay Davenport
2003  United States James Blake & Serena Williams
2002  Spain Tommy Robredo & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2001  Switzerland Roger Federer & Martina Hingis
2000  South Africa Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer
1999  Australia Mark Philippoussis & Jelena Dokić
1998  Slovakia Karol Kučera & Karina Habšudová
1997  United States Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin
1996  Croatia Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli
1995  Germany Boris Becker & Anke Huber
1994  Czech Republic Petr Korda & Jana Novotná
1993  Germany Michael Stich & Steffi Graf
1992  Switzerland Jakob Hlasek & Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
1991  Yugoslavia Goran Prpić & Monica Seles
1990  Spain Emilio Sánchez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1989  Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř & Helena Suková

Records and statistics

Team

Country Years Won Runners Up
 United States 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 (5) 1990, 1991, 2001, 2002 (4)
 Spain 1990, 2002, 2010 (3) 1993, 2007 (2)
 Slovakia 1998, 2005, 2009 (3) 2004 (1)
 Germany 1993, 1995 (2) 1994 (1)
 Switzerland 1992, 2001 (2) 1996 (1)
 Australia 1999 (1) 1989, 2003 (2)
 Czechoslovakia 1989 (1) 1992 (1)
 Russia 2007 (1) 2009 (1)
 South Africa 2000 (1) 1997 (1)
 Croatia 1996 (1) (0)
 Yugoslavia 1991 (1) (0)
 Czech Republic 1994 (1) (0)
 Argentina (0) 2005 (1)
 France (0) 1998 (1)
 Great Britain (0) 2010 (1)
 Netherlands (0) 2006 (1)
 Serbia (0) 2008 (1)
 Sweden (0) 1999 (1)
 Thailand (0) 2000 (1)
 Ukraine (0) 1995 (1)

References

See also

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Simple English

Hopman Cup
Current season or competition:
2008 Hopman Cup
Sport Tennis
Founded 1989
No. of teams 8
Most recent champion(s)

The Hopman Cup is an yearly international team tennis tournament played in Perth, Western Australia in January each year.

Old Champions

Year Winning Country Players
2008 Mardy Fish & Serena Williams
2007 Dmitry Tursunov & Nadia Petrova
2006 Taylor Dent & Lisa Raymond
2005 Dominik Hrbatý & Daniela Hantuchová
2004 James Blake & Lindsay Davenport
2003 James Blake & Serena Williams
2002 Tommy Robredo & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2001 Roger Federer & Martina Hingis
2000 Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer
1999 Mark Philippoussis & Jelena Dokić
1998 Karol Kučera & Karina Habšudová
1997 Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin
1996 Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli
1995 Boris Becker & Anke Huber
1994 Petr Korda & Jana Novotná
1993 Michael Stich & Steffi Graf
1992 Jakob Hlasek & Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere
1991 Goran Prpić & Monica Seles
1990 Emilio Sánchez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1989 Miloslav Mečíř & Helena Suková

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