Find out who will be playing in the next Hopman Cup which will be held at the new Perth Arena.
The Hopman Cup, which will run from 29 December 2012 to 5 January 2013, was launched this week. It’s a fantastic tennis event which kicks off the Australian summer of tennis.
Players get the chance to play three guaranteed matches on hard courts in hot conditions, similar to the Australian Open.
The Czech Republic team of Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych won this year, but they won’t be back to defend their title.
Hopman Cup Teams
Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic
John Isner and Venus Williams
Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone
Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic
Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson
Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty
Tickets went on sale on 10 October 2012. You can buy them from Ticketek.
The New Perth Arena
The Hopman Cup will have a new home, being held for the first time the new Perth Arena. Not that it was too difficult getting to the previous venue in Burswood, but being able to walk to the new venue from the Perth CBD is a great bonus for spectators.
Australian Live TV Coverage
Live TV coverage and streaming will be increased for 2013.
I was in Perth for the Hopman Cup last January and was disappointed that the few times we weren’t at Burswood Dome watching the event we couldn’t actually watch it live on TV. So the fact that day sessions will be broadcast live on Channel TEN is definitely good news for me and all the other tennis fans in Australia.
Night sessions will be broadcast in prime time (I take that to mean delayed) but it will be live streamed for web, mobile and tablets. Read more about the TV coverage.
I went to the Hopman Cup this year to kick off the fan slam. Here are my thoughts on why I loved it, although some things will change this year with the new venue: The benefits of a boutique tournament.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal