Hopman Cup

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Hopman Cup
Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 logo.jpg
 Exhibition
Location Perth, Western Australia
Australia Australia
Venue Burswood Dome (1989–2012)
Perth Arena (from 2013)
Surface Hard indoor
Draw 8 Teams (Group A+B)
Website HopmanCup.com
Tennis

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-sex teams on a country by country basis. It is also known as the ITF World Mixed Team Championships.[1]

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.[2]

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.

In 2013, the Hopman Cup was played at the Perth Arena for the first time.[3]

Format[edit]

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.

Management[edit]

The 2014 Hopman Cup Tournament Director is Paul Kilderry after the resignation of Steve Ayles.[4][5] Previously, the former Australian tennis player Paul McNamee, who played a key role in the founding of the championships, was the tournament director.

History[edit]

Up to and including 2012, the venue was the Burswood Dome at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.

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.

Telecasts[edit]

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 a deal which ended abruptly in November 2013. 7mate subsequently picked up the telecasting rights.[6]

Records and statistics[edit]

Past champions[edit]

Year Winners Score in final Runners-up Female Champion Male Champion Female Finalist Male Finalist
2014  France 2–1  Poland Alizé Cornet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Agnieszka Radwańska Grzegorz Panfil
2013  Spain (4) 2–1  Serbia (2) Anabel Medina Garrigues Fernando Verdasco Ana Ivanovic Novak Djokovic (2)
2012  Czech Republic (2) 2–0  France (2) Petra Kvitová Tomáš Berdych Marion Bartoli Richard Gasquet
2011  United States (6) 2–1  Belgium Bethanie Mattek-Sands John Isner Justine Henin Ruben Bemelmans
2010  Spain (3) 2–1  Great Britain María José Martínez Sánchez Tommy Robredo (2) Laura Robson Andy Murray
2009  Slovakia (3) 2–0  Russia Dominika Cibulková Dominik Hrbatý (2) Dinara Safina Marat Safin
2008  United States (5) 2–1  Serbia Serena Williams (2) Mardy Fish Jelena Janković Novak Djokovic
2007  Russia 2–0  Spain(2) Nadia Petrova Dmitry Tursunov Anabel Medina Garrigues Tommy Robredo
2006  United States (4) 2–1  Netherlands Lisa Raymond Taylor Dent Michaëlla Krajicek Peter Wessels
2005  Slovakia (2) 3–0  Argentina Daniela Hantuchová Dominik Hrbatý Gisela Dulko Guillermo Coria
2004  United States (3) 2–1  Slovakia Lindsay Davenport James Blake (2) Daniela Hantuchová Karol Kučera
2003  United States (2) 3–0  Australia (2) Serena Williams James Blake Alicia Molik Lleyton Hewitt
2002  Spain (2) 2–1  United States (4) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2) Tommy Robredo Monica Seles (2) Jan-Michael Gambill (2)
2001   Switzerland (2) 2–1  United States (3) Martina Hingis Roger Federer Monica Seles Jan-Michael Gambill
2000  South Africa 3–0  Thailand Amanda Coetzer Wayne Ferreira Tamarine Tanasugarn Paradorn Srichaphan
1999  Australia 2–1  Sweden Jelena Dokić Mark Philippoussis Åsa Carlsson Jonas Björkman
1998  Slovakia 2–1  France Karina Habšudová Karol Kučera Mary Pierce Cédric Pioline
1997  United States 2–1  South Africa Chanda Rubin Justin Gimelstob Amanda Coetzer Wayne Ferreira
1996  Croatia 2–1   Switzerland Iva Majoli Goran Ivanišević Martina Hingis Marc Rosset
1995  Germany (2) 2–0  Ukraine Anke Huber Boris Becker Natalia Medvedeva Andrei Medvedev
1994  Czech Republic 2–1  Germany Jana Novotná Petr Korda Anke Huber Bernd Karbacher
1993  Germany 2–0  Spain Steffi Graf Michael Stich Arantxa Sánchez Emilio Sánchez
1992   Switzerland 2–1  Czechoslovakia Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere Jakob Hlasek Helena Suková Karel Nováček
1991  Yugoslavia 3–0  United States (2) Monica Seles Goran Prpić Zina Garrison David Wheaton
1990  Spain 2–1  United States Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Emilio Sánchez Pam Shriver John McEnroe
1989  Czechoslovakia 2–0  Australia Helena Suková Miloslav Mečíř Hana Mandlíková Pat Cash

[7][8]

Past Finalists[edit]

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)
 France 2014 (1) 1998, 2012 (2)
 Czechoslovakia 1989 (1) 1992 (1)
 South Africa 2000 (1) 1997 (1)
 Russia 2007 (1) 2009 (1)
 Yugoslavia 1991 (1) (0)
 Croatia 1996 (1) (0)
 Serbia (0) 2008, 2013 (2)
 Ukraine (0) 1995 (1)
 Sweden (0) 1999 (1)
 Thailand (0) 2000 (1)
 Argentina (0) 2005 (1)
 Netherlands (0) 2006 (1)
 Great Britain (0) 2010 (1)
 Belgium (0) 2011 (1)
 Poland (0) 2014 (1)


Participation details[edit]

Nation 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
 Argentina - - - - - - 1R - - - - - - RR - - F RR - - - - - - - - 4
 Australia F SF QF 1R QF SF QF RR RR RR W RR RR RR F RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR RR 26
 Austria - QF - - 1R SF QF - - - - RR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
 Belgium - - - - - - - - - - - RR RR RR RR RR - - - - - - F - - - 6
 Bulgaria - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR - - 1
 Canada - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - - - - - - RR 2
 China - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LQ - - - - - RR - - 2
 Chinese Taipei - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR RR - - - - - 2
 CIS - - - QF Defunct 1
 Croatia Competed as Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - - - W RR - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - - - - 3
 Czech Republic Competed as Czechoslovakia SF W SF - - - - - - - RR RR - - RR RR - - - W - RR 9
 Czechoslovakia W SF QF F Defunct 4
 Denmark - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR - - 1
 France RR QF SF QF SF QF SF RR RR F RR - - RR - RR - - RR - - - RR F RR W 18
 Germany SF - 1R SF W F W RR RR RR - - - - - - RR RR - - RR RR - - RR - 14
 Greece - - - - - - - - - - - - - LQ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Hungary - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - - - - - - - 1
 India - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR RR - - - - - - 2
 Israel - - - - 1R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Italy - QF 1R - - - - - - - - - - RR RR - RR - - - RR - RR - RR RR 9
 Japan 1R - - 1R 1R - - - - - - RR LQ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5
 Kazakhstan Competed as Soviet Union - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR RR - - - 2
 Netherlands - 1R 1R QF - 1R 1R RR - - - - - - - - RR F - - - - - - - - 8
 New Zealand - 1R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Paraguay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - LQ - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Poland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - F 1
 Romania - - - - - - - - RR LQ - - - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - 3
 Russia Competed as Soviet Union - - - - - - - - RR - - RR RR RR W - F RR - - - - 7
 Serbia Competed as Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - - - - - - - - - - - - - RR - F - - RR - F - 4
 Slovakia Competed as Czechoslovakia - - - - - W RR RR RR - RR F W - - - W - - - - - 8
 South Africa - - - - 1R 1R 1R RR F RR RR W RR - - - - - - - - - - - RR - 10
 Soviet Union - QF QF - Defunct 2
 Spain - W QF SF F QF QF - - RR RR - - W RR - - - F - - W - RR W RR 15
 Sweden - 1R - 1R - 1R 1R - - RR F RR - - - - - RR - - - - - - - - 8
  Switzerland - - SF W QF QF - F RR - RR - W RR - - - - - - - - - - - - 9
 Thailand - - - - - - - - - - - F RR - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2
 Ukraine Competed as Soviet Union QF 1R F - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3
 United Kingdom 1R - 1R 1R - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - F RR - - - 5
 United States - F F QF QF QF QF RR W RR RR RR F F W W RR W RR W RR RR W RR RR RR 25
 Uzbekistan Competed as Soviet Union - - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - - - - - - - - 1
 Yugoslavia 1R 1R W - Defunct 3
 Zimbabwe - - - - - - - - - - RR - - - - - LQ - - - - - - - - - 2
Total 8 12 12 12 12 12 12 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

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