It is, of course, summer Down Under, though air-conditioning will ensure conditions in the Perth Arena, home of the Mastercard Hopman Cup, will be tolerable for players and fans alike.
The Hopman Cup has become the traditional pipe-opener to the new ATP and WTA Tours but its future is in doubt if new sponsorship can not be found.
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Men: Federer, Alexander Zverev, Tsitsipas, Pouille, Tiafoe, Ebden, Cameron Norrie, Ferrer
Women: KERBER, CORNET, BARTY, MUGURUZA, SERENA WILLIAMS, BENCIC, SAKKARI, KATIE BOULTER
DATESESSIONTIMEMATCH_Sat 29 Decday_10.00 amGreat Britain vs Greece_Sat 29 Decevening_5.30 pmAustralia vs France_Sun 30 Dec day_10.00 amGermany vs Spain_Sun 30 Dec evening_5.30 pmGreat Britain vs Switzerland_Mon 31 Dec
day_10:00 amUSA vs Greece_Mon 31 Dec
evening (no play)Tue 1 Janday (no play)Tue 1 Jan evening_5.30 pmUSA vs Switzerland_Wed 2 Jan day_10.00 amFrance vs Germany_Wed 2 Jan evening_5.30 pmAustralia vs Spain_Thur 3 Jan day_10.00 amGreat Britain vs USA_Thu 3 Jan evening_5.30 pmGreece vs Switzerland_Fri 4 Jan day_10.00 amSpain vs France_Fri 4 Jan evening_5.30 pmAustralia vs Germany_Sat 5 Jan evening_4.00 pmWinner Group A v Winner Group B
The Hopman Cup has become an important warm-up event for players ahead of the new season and has a format unlike any other major international team tennis tournament. It’s a mixed competition which sees male and female players play on combined teams in singles and a doubles matches. The players are invited, not selected by their national federations, but obviously organisers want the biggest names they can attract.
Seven countries are selected to compete alongside hosts Australia and are separated into two groups of four (with two teams being seeded) they then play against each of the other three teams in their group in a round-robin format. The top team in each group meet in the final to decide the champions.
Now staged at the Perth Arena having been moved from the Burswood Dome in 2012, the tournament is named in honour of great Australian doubles player and coach Harry Hopman and attracts big crowds. The United States have won it more times than any other country and have also been beaten finalists on six occasions, including in two of the last four years. Hosts Australia have won it twice, the last time in 2016 when they had two teams entered.