Japan at the Hopman Cup

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First year 1989
Years played 5
Best finish Round One (1989, 1992, 1993)
Most total wins Kimiko Date (2–2)
Ai Sugiyama (2–3)
Takao Suzuki (2–2)
Most singles wins Kimiko Date (2–0)
Most doubles wins Ai Sugiyama (1–1)
Takao Suzuki (1–1)
Best doubles team Ai Sugiyama & Takao Suzuki (1–1)
Most years played Kimiko Date (2)
Ai Sugiyama (2)
Takao Suzuki (2)
Yasufumi Yamamoto (2)

Japan is a nation that has competed at the Hopman Cup tournament on five occasions, the first being at the inaugural annual staging in 1989. Before the introduction of the round robin competition format in 1996, Japan never passed the first round and since its introduction, the nation has never passed the qualification stage of the tournament.[1]

Japan also participated in the first two stagings of the now defunct Asian Hopman Cup, a qualifying tournament which ran from 2006 until 2009 and granted the winners entry into the Hopman Cup the following year. In both 2006 and 2007, Japan failed to progress past the round robin stage of the event, thus failing to gain entry into the main tournament in Australia.[2][3]


This is a list of players who have played for Japan in the Hopman Cup.

Name Total W-L Singles W-L Doubles W-L First year played No. of years played
Date, KimikoKimiko Date 2–2 2–0 0–2 1992 2
Matsuoka, ShuzoShuzo Matsuoka 1–1 1–0 0–1 1989 1
Sugiyama, AiAi Sugiyama 2–3 1–2 1–1 2000 2
Suzuki, TakaoTakao Suzuki 2–2 1–1 1–1 2000 2
Yamamoto, YasufumiYasufumi Yamamoto 0–4 0–2 0–2 1992 2
Yanagi, MasakoMasako Yanagi 0–2 0–1 0–1 1989 1


Year Competition Location Opponent Score Result
1989 Round One Burswood Dome, Perth Czechoslovakia 1–2 Lost
1992 Round One Burswood Dome, Perth Czechoslovakia 1–2 Lost
1993 Round One Burswood Dome, Perth Switzerland 1–2 Lost
2000 1 Qualification Play-Off Burswood Dome, Perth Thailand 1–2 Lost
Round Robin Burswood Dome, Perth Australia 3–0 Won
2001 Qualification Play-Off Burswood Dome, Perth Belgium 1–2 Lost

1 Despite losing the qualification play-off in 2000, the Japanese team replaced the injured Belgium team for the tie against Australia. In this tie, Australian opponent Mark Philippoussis was unable to play either of his matches, thus defaulting two points to Japan.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Nations Records". www.hopmancup.com. Retrieved 26 Oct 2011. 
  2. ^ "Taiwanese pair win place in Asian Hopman Cup final". www.taipeitimes.com. 26 Nov 2006. Retrieved 27 Oct 2011. 
  3. ^ "ASIAN HOPMAN CUP, 8-11 November 2007". www.asiantennis.com. Retrieved 27 Oct 2011.