What is the Hopman Cup?

What is the Hopman Cup?

The Hopman Cup is a team competition in tennis that started in 1989. The tournament is named after Harry Hopman, who led Australia to 15 Davis Cup titles. The event was held in Perth up until 2019. It was not held between 2019-22 and returned in 2023 at a new venue in Nice, France.

Each team in the Hopman Cup consists of one male and one female tennis player. A total of eight teams were traditionally chosen for the Hopman Cup. The eight team is chosen based on a qualification event. A Hopman Cup match between two teams consists of a men’s singles, women’s singles and mixed doubles match.

As of 2023, the format of the Hopman Cup sees the six teams divided into two groups of three teams. Each group contests matches in a round robin format. The table toppers from both groups contest the final.

United States of America (USA) has been the most successful team, winning the Hopman Cup a record six times. Roger Federer is the only player who has been a part of the Hopman Cup winning side (Switzerland) thrice. Two of those titles came through his pairing with Belinda Bencic, with the duo becoming the only team to ever defend a Hopman Cup title.

The Hopman Cup is officially sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). However, players do not get any ranking points for their performances in the Hopman Cup. Between 2006 to 2009, an Asian version of the Hopman Cup was also played. Chinese Taipei won two of those editions and India and Kazakhstan won one title each.

Author: Nicholas Griffin