Three-time doubles Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic medallist Lucie Hradecka will replace world No.11 Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic at Mastercard Hopman Cup from 1 to 7 January 2017.
Kvitova has been recovering from a stress fracture in her foot and needs more time to regain full health ahead of Australian Open 2017.
“I am so disappointed I will be unable to play at the Hopman Cup. The results of an MRI have confirmed that my foot is healing but not as quickly as we would have liked,” Kvitova said.
“The Hopman Cup is a fantastic event and I’m sorry I won’t be able to represent my country in front of the great fans there,” she added.
Hradecka will make her debut in Perth when she partners world No.75 Adam Pavlasek. The pair will open the first day of play at the tournament against the United States’ Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe.
Thirty-one-year-old Hradecka is an experienced doubles player who has won 21 doubles titles, including a US Open and French Open women’s doubles title and a French Open mixed doubles title. In singles, her biggest singles win to date was against Ana Ivanovic in the first round of the Australian Open in 2015.
The right-hander has represented the Czech Republic at Fed Cup level since 2010 and in two Olympic Games. She holds one silver and one bronze Olympic medal in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
“We wish Petra all the best with her recovery over the coming weeks and hope to see her on court in Australia soon,” Paul Kilderry, Hopman Cup Tournament Director, said today.
“We welcome Lucie Hradecka to Perth for the first time and look forward to watching her and Adam Pavlasek on day one at Perth Arena for the Czech Republic.”
2017 field (ATP and WTA rankings as of 19 December 2016):
|Australia|| Nick Kyrgios and  Daria Gavrilova|
|Czech Republic|| Adam Pavlasek and  Lucie Hradecka|
|France|| Richard Gasquet and  Kristina Mladenovic|
|Germany|| Alexander Zverev and  Andrea Petkovic|
|Great Britain|| Daniel Evans and  Heather Watson|
|Spain|| Feliciano Lopez and  Lara Arruabarrena|
|Switzerland|| Roger Federer and  Belinda Bencic|
|USA|| Jack Sock and  Coco Vandeweghe|