The Hopman Cup will be held in Perth from 4 to 10 January 2015. Read on to find out who’s playing.
The Hopman Cup is a unique tournament where a male and female player form a team to play for their country. There are eight teams split into two groups of four. Each team plays the other three teams in their group in men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles. The winning team in each group play each other in the final.
2015 Hopman Cup Player Line-up
Watch the official Hopman Cup video on The Field
The teams are listed below, plus photos of the players where they were available from the GSG archives!
France – Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – The Reigning Champions Return
Currently ranked No.12 and No.19 respectively, Tsonga and Cornet won one title each this year. The reigning champions return for more quality hard court matches in Australian conditions to get ready for the 2015 Australian Open.
Benoit Paire has replaced Tsonga, who has had to pull out due to an arm injury.
Canada – Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil
Bouchard, who played Hopman Cup 2014 with Milos Raonic, had an incredible year making the Wimbledon final and Australian Open and French Open semi-finals. She competed in the end of year WTA Finals in Singapore and won the WTA Most Improved Player of the year.
Vasek Pospisil, currently ranked 53, will join Bouchard in the Canada team.
Czech Republic – Lucie Safarova and Radek Stepanek
Stepanek played in the 2014 Hopman Cup with Petra Kvitova and this year will play with Lucie Safarova. Safarova made her first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon this year.
Adam Pavlesek has replaced Stepanek.
Italy – Flavia Penetta and Fabio Fognini
Penetta had a good year making the quarter-finals of both the Australian and US Open and winning Indian Wells. She made the US Open doubles final partnering Martina Hingis. Panetta played in the 2014 Hopman Cup with Andreas Seppi and I’m looking to seeing how the Fognini/Penetta team plays out.
United States – Serena Williams and Jack Sock
Williams won her 18th grand slam title at the US Open, won the WTA Finals and finished the year as World No.1. She was part of the winning Hopman Cup team in 2003 and 2008 and this year partners with Sock.
John Isner has stepped in to replace the injured Jack Sock.
Australia – Casey Dellacqua and Nick Kyrgios
Dellacqua, now ranked 29, who first competed in the Hopman Cup in 2009, had a great 2014 season and will be looking to play well in front of her home crowd. Partnered by Nick Kyrgios, who defeated Nadal in fourth round at Wimbledon and went through to the quarter-finals, the Aussie crowd (and GSG) will have high hopes for this team to do well.
Matt Ebden has replaced Nick Kyrgios.
Great Britain – Heather Watson and Andy Murray
GSG is a big fan of Hev and couldn’t be happier that she’s making her Hopman Cup debut with Andy Murray. Recently engaged Murray will be looking to get all important Australian conditioning to improve on his 2014 Australian Open when he was defeated in the quarter-finals by Federer.
Poland – Agnieszka Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz
Radwanska was part of the 2014 Hopman Cup Runner Up team with Grzegorz Panfil and this year plays with Jerzy Janowicz.
I’ll be travelling to Perth for the Hopman Cup so stay tuned for blog posts and lots of pics and updates via social media!
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal