Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 will field the world No.1 ranked male player for the first time since 2003 when Novak Djokovic takes centre stage at Perth Arena, 29 December—January 5.
Three-time Australian Open champion Djokovic will team up with former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic,representing Serbia for the second time in Hyundai Hopman Cup competition. The pair reached the final of the event in 2011 but were forced to cede their place to Belgium after Ivanovic withdrew with injury.
Event Director Steve Ayles said Djokovic’s No.1 ranking further underlined the strength of the 2013 draw.
“Hyundai Hopman Cup has an impressive tradition of fielding the world’s best players with 15 competitors ranked No.1 or No.2 at the time of the event over its 25-year history,” said Ayles.
“Novak has had another stellar year on the Tour and, knowing how much he loves this event and his Aussie fans, I think we can expect some exciting tennis from the world No.1.”
The last male player to be ranked No.1 at the time of Hyundai Hopman Cup competition was Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt who held the top spot in 2002 and 2003. Djokovic, who will be crowned year-end ATP World Tour No.1 on November 5, is the first player to hold the year-end top spot in consecutive years since Roger Federer achieved four in a row from 2004-07.
Djokovic’s rankings dominance comes courtesy of an outstanding 2012 season that saw him defend his Australian Open title in January, reach six ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals (with Paris to be played this week), win titles at Miami, Toronto, Shanghai and Beijing and reach the finals at the French and US Opens.
In 2011 the five-time Grand Slam champion became the first Serbian man to end the year ranked world No.1, becoming the sixteenth player in the 40-year history of the ATP World Tour rankings to hold the year-end top spot. The 25-year-old will be officially crowned 2012 year-end world No.1 at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
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