The Hopman Cup is an international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament which plays mixed-gender teams on a country-by-country basis. It was held in Perth, Australia in early January (sometimes commencing in late December) each year, from 1989 to 2019. It will be replaced on the calendar in 2020 by the ATP Cup, a new ATP event, but the ITF has said it will return in 2021 and is currently searching for a new venue.
|Claim to fame||Named in honour of Harry Hopman|
|No. of teams||8 (Group A+B)|
|Competitors||ITF member nations|
|Venue(s)||Burswood Dome (1989–2012)|
Perth Arena (2013–2019)
|Switzerland (4th title)|
|Most titles||United States (6 titles)|
The championship is named in honour of Harry Hopman (1906–1985), an Australian tennis player and coach who guided the country to 15 Davis Cup titles between 1938 and 1969. Since the Hopman Cup was founded in 1989, it has been attended each year by Harry Hopman's widow, his second wife Lucy, who travels to the tournament annually from her home in the United States.
The tournament is a sanctioned official event in the calendar of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) but, while individual player results are tallied, they are not regarded as official ATP matches or included in the calculation of ATP or WTA rankings. The competition receives extensive television coverage in Australia and is an important lead-up tournament to the Australian Open each January as part of the Australian Open Series.
The winning team receives a silver cup perpetual trophy and through 2013 the winning team members were presented with distinctive individual trophies in the shape of a tennis ball designed and created by Brinkhaus Jewellers encrusted with diamonds from the Argyle diamond mine in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In 2014 and 2015, the individual trophies were created in the shape of an intricate diamond encrusted tennis racket and ball, using just under an ounce of 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold and approximately half an ounce of pink argyle diamonds. These trophies are valued at $26,000.
Unlike other major international team tennis tournaments such as the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, which are for men or women only, the Hopman Cup is a mixed competition in which male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries. Players are invited to attend and national coaches are not involved in selecting teams.
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 the 2007 Hopman Cup 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:
- one women's singles match
- one men's singles match
- one mixed doubles match
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 ensure that each group has approximately similar strength. 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.
The 2014 Hopman Cup Tournament Director is Paul Kilderry after the resignation of Steve Ayles. Previously, the former Australian tennis player Paul McNamee, who played a key role in the founding of the championships, was the tournament director.
The 2005/06 Hopman Cup was the first elite-level tennis tournament in which 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 20th Hopman Cup, in 2008, was intended to be the last held at the Burswood Dome, however this was extended until 2012 when the new Perth Arena was due for completion.
In 2019 for the 31st edition of the tournament, a record crowd of 14,064 witnessed the 2019 Hopman Cup match between United States and Switzerland. This was also the highest attendance for a tennis match in Western Australian history.
Roger Federer is the most successful individual player in Hopman Cup history with 3 titles. He and Belinda Benic became the first paring to successfully defend the title, having won it the previous year.
The Hopman Cup was originally broadcast by the Seven Network until 1994, then by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1995–2010). From 2011, a five-year deal to broadcast the Hopman Cup was signed by the commercial television station Network Ten, a deal which ended abruptly in November 2013. 7mate subsequently picked up the telecasting rights. Nine Network broadcast only the tournament in 2019.
Records and statistics
Finals by year
Performance by team
|1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 (6)||1990, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2015, 2017 (6)|
|1990, 2002, 2010, 2013 (4)||1993, 2007 (2)|
|1992, 2001, 2018, 2019 (4)||1996 (1)|
|1998, 2005, 2009 (3)||2004 (1)|
|1989, 1994, 2012 (3)||1992 (1)|
|1993, 1995 (2)||1994, 2018, 2019 (3)|
|1999, 2016 (2)||1989, 2003 (2)|
|2014, 2017 (2)||1998, 2012 (2)|
|2000 (1)||1997 (1)|
|2007 (1)||2009 (1)|
|2015 (1)||2014 (1)|
|–||2008, 2013 (2)|
|–||1995, 2016 (2)|
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Statistics by team
After 2019 edition
Note 1: Teams with index 2 include results only of lower placed team of every appearance in the tournament in instances where two teams from the same country entered the tournament, while team with no index includes results of higher placed team only.
Note 2: Considering there is an extremely high frequency of retirements due to various reasons w.o. wins/defeats are counted in all statistics.
Note 3: "Y Ent" statistic is not complete. Information about Asian Hopman Cup, a qualifying tournament which ran from 2006 until 2009 and granted the winners entry into the Hopman Cup the following year, is missing.
|Italic||non-existing teams (3)|
|most (best or worst) in category & best and worst %|
in last 2 columns highlighted are best and worst +/- ratio
- Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union/CIS, Yugoslavia SFR.
- Since 1996 competition has group stage (2 groups) format where 1st team from each group advances to finals.
Column "All" contains placements in top 2 of each group (meaning top 4; reason below) since 1996 + semi-final appearances before that period; between 1989 and 1995 competition had knockout tournament format, and column "SF" contains semi-final appearances from that period only.
On multiple occasions 2nd placed team in the group replaced that group's 1st placed team in the finals due to latter's retirement.
- Years Entered is a number of times a team has entered qualifications (qualifying tournament) for the tournament, play-off tie or played in the actual tournament; in other words participated in any way in the tournament.
Y Ent >= Y Pld.
- Years Played is a number of times a team has played in the actual tournament. Sometimes, despite the fact they lost in the play-off tie, a team would play in the official tournament as a replacement due to retirement of other team. Those instances are noted after plus sign as "partial participations" since those teams were (in all cases) unable to qualify for the finals.
Y Pld <= Y Ent.
- RoW / Hopman Cup RoW includes qualification play-off ties. RoW including qualifying tournament ties if better than HC RoW is indicated in () parenthesis alongside the HC RoW.
- Does not include qualification play-off ties nor qualifying tournament ties.
- Asian Hopman Cup was a qualifying tournament which ran from 2006 until 2009 and granted the winners entry into the Hopman Cup the following year.
- Does not include Czechoslovakia results (see Czechoslovakia note).
- Out of 5 players that played for Czechoslovakia at Hopman Cup 4 were Czech. The team that won Czechoslovakia's only title included Slovak player.
- Does not include Soviet Union and CIS results (see Soviet Union & CIS note).
- Includes Serbia and Montenegro results (1 appearance) because only players from Serbia represented the team.
- Out of 3 players that played for Soviet Union and CIS at Hopman Cup 2 were Russian.
- Players from Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia represented SFR Yugoslavia at Hopman Cup.
Asian Hopman Cup
|Host: Kazakhstan||Winner: Kazakhstan||Participants: China, Chinese Taipei, India, Kazakhstan, Thailand|
|Group A||Group B||Final|
|Kazakhstan d Chinese Taipei ?-?|
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