Now it's my Turn
December 27, 2012 | 11:24 AM
The Hopman Cup – Some Bio-Data on Harry Hopman, History of the event,
and the Format for the Championship
Date: Saturday 29 December 2012 to Saturday 5 January 2013
Venue: Perth Arena (indoor) (See Video)
Bio-Data On Henry Christian Hopman (Harry) 1906-1985
(Thanks to the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
Born: August 12, 1906 - Died: December 27, 1985
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
Induction Category: Master Player
Year of Induction: 1978
Harry Hopman was universally regarded as the greatest Davis Cup captain in tennis history. The placid Australian was at courtside while his country's teams won the Cup 16 times between 1939 and 1967. An adroit doubles player, he won four Australian Championship Mixed doubles crowns and he captured the U.S. Nationals mixed title once in 1939 with Alice Marble. He moved to the United States in the 1970s, continuing to mold youthful aspirants into stars. Among those he influenced during that period was none other than John McEnroe.
History of the Hopman Cup
It is staged at the start of each year in Perth, Australia. In 2013, the Hopman Cup will celebrate its 25th year by moving to the state of the art new Perth Arena.
The event was born out of admiration for Harry Hopman, the great Australian, with former players Paul McNamee and Charlie Fancutt responsible for conceiving the idea.
The Hopman Cup has consistently attracted the game's best players. More than 20 former world No. 1's have represented their nation over the years and there were three past or present Grand Slam champions competing in 2012.
Some of the all-time greats to play at the Hopman Cup include John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.
For the players, it is an entertaining and relaxing way of starting the season before contesting the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. It was clearly good preparation for Djokovic in 2011, as the Serb won his three Hopman Cup singles matches and then went on to lift the trophy at Melbourne Park.
Czech Republic are the reigning champions after the team of Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych clinched their nation's second Hopman Cup title in 2012. The Czechs defeated French duo of Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0 in the final.
The Hopman Cup is a sanctioned event on the calendar of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Individual player results are not calculated in the tennis world rankings.
The Hopman Cup is a mixed competition where male and female players are invited as a team to represent their country.
Eight nations are selected annually to compete in the Hopman Cup.
Each match-up between the two teams consists of:
One Women's Singles Match
One Men's Singles Match
One Mixed Doubles Match
The eight teams are divided into two groups, they face off against each of the other three teams in their group in a round-robin format.
After the round-robin play, the top team from each group plays to decide the championship.
The Teams for 2013
Ashleigh Barty Ana Ivanovic
Bernard Tomic Novak Djokovic
France South Africa
Mathilde Johansson Chanelle Scheepers
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Kevin Anderson
Andrea Petkovic Garrigues Anabel Medina
Tommy Haas Fernando Verdasco
Francesca Schiavone Venus Williams
Andreas Seppi John Isner
Hopman Cup Website: http://hopmancup.com/
Thanks to each of the following, their research and websites were an immense help:
Bud Collins "The History of Tennis"
The International Tennis Federation
The International Tennis Hall of Fame