The Hopman Cup is an annual international team tennis tournament founded by Paul McNamee and Charlie Fancutt, and held in Perth, Western Australia in early-January (sometimes commencing in late-December) each year.
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 Hopman Cup XIX 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:
Each year 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 do not have much of an impact, as all teams meet each other regardless. 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.
Since the Hopman Cup was founded, it has been attended every year by the late-Harry Hopman's wife, Lucy, who travels to the tournament annually from her home in the United States. Fans have warmly adopted her as the "Queen of the Cup".
The 2005/06 Hopman Cup was the first elite-level tennis tournament where 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 to be the last to be held at the Burswood Dome, however this has been extended until 2011, when the new Perth Arena is due for completion.
|2008||Mardy Fish & Serena Williams|
|2007||Dmitry Tursunov & Nadia Petrova|
|2006||Taylor Dent & Lisa Raymond|
|2005||Dominik Hrbatý & Daniela Hantuchová|
|2004||James Blake & Lindsay Davenport|
|2003||James Blake & Serena Williams|
|2002||Tommy Robredo & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|
|2001||Roger Federer & Martina Hingis|
|2000||Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer|
|1999||Mark Philippoussis & Jelena Dokić|
|1998||Karol Kučera & Karina Habšudová|
|1997||Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin|
|1996||Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli|
|1995||Boris Becker & Anke Huber|
|1994||Petr Korda & Jana Novotná|
|1993||Michael Stich & Steffi Graf|
|1992||Jakob Hlasek & Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere|
|1991||Goran Prpić & Monica Seles|
|1990||Emilio Sánchez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|
|1989||Miloslav Mečíř & Helena Suková|