|Location||Perth, Western Australia
|Venue||Burswood Dome (1989–2012)
Perth Arena (from 2013)
|Draw||8 Teams (Group A+B)|
The Hopman Cup is an annual international team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament 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. It is also known as the ITF World Mixed Team Championships.
The championship is named in honour of Harry Hopman (1906–1985), an Australian tennis player and coach who guided the country to 15 Davis Cup titles between 1938 and 1969. Since the Hopman Cup was founded in 1989, it has been attended each year by Harry Hopman's widow, his second wife Lucy, who travels to the tournament annually from her home in the United States.
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.
Unlike other major international team tennis tournaments such as the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, which are for men or women only, the Hopman Cup is a mixed competition in which male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries. Players are invited to attend and national coaches are not 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 the 2007 Hopman Cup 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
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.
The 2013 Hopman Cup Event Director is Steve Ayles. Previously, the former Australian tennis player Paul McNamee, who played a key role in the founding of the championships, was the tournament director.
The 2005/06 Hopman Cup was the first elite-level tennis tournament in which 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 intended to be the last held at the Burswood Dome, however this was extended until 2012 when the new Perth Arena was due for completion.
2013 marks the 25th year of the running of the Hopman Cup.
The Hopman Cup was originally broadcast by the Seven Network until 1994, then by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1995–2010). From 2011, a five-year deal to broadcast the Hopman Cup was signed by the commercial television station Network Ten.
Records and statistics 
Past champions 
|Country||Years Won||Runners Up|
|United States||1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 (6)||1990, 1991, 2001, 2002 (4)|
|Spain||1990, 2002, 2010, 2013 (4)||1993, 2007 (2)|
|Slovakia||1998, 2005, 2009 (3)||2004 (1)|
|Switzerland||1992, 2001 (2)||1996 (1)|
|Germany||1993, 1995 (2)||1994 (1)|
|Czech Republic||1994, 2012 (2)||(0)|
|Australia||1999 (1)||1989, 2003 (2)|
|Czechoslovakia||1989 (1)||1992 (1)|
|South Africa||2000 (1)||1997 (1)|
|Russia||2007 (1)||2009 (1)|
|France||(0)||1998, 2012 (2)|
|Serbia||(0)||2008, 2013 (2)|
|Great Britain||(0)||2010 (1)|
See also 
- The Harry Hopman Legacy, Hyundai Hopman Cup website (archived), 24 March 2009.
- "Hyundai Hopman Cup". itftennis.com. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- "Honour Roll - Champions". hopmancup.com. Retrieved 15 January 2012.