Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza – all former world No.1s and multiple Grand Slam champions – headlined one of the most star-studded fields ever in the memorable 31st staging of the Mastercard Hopman Cup.
Combined with other big names, including world No.4 Alexander Zverev in his fourth consecutive Perth visit, the fans came out in droves. A record 110,364 attended in total throughout the week.
And what a tournament they experienced. Most memorable for many was the New Year’s Day tie between USA and Switzerland, which saw Federer face Williams for the first time in mixed doubles.
Underlined the significance of that occasion, a crowd of 14,064 marked the highest single-attended session in the event’s history.
Further records came as Switzerland met Germany in a repeat of the 2018 final. Federer continued his unbeaten record in singles as he defeated Zverev in the men’s singles rubber; Kerber too, continued a remarkable winning streak as she defeated Bencic to keep her nation’s hopes alive.
It meant that the final came down to the mixed doubles and ultimately, to a winner-takes-all point that the Swiss team seized.
Federer became the first player to feature in three Hopman Cup titles, with Federer and Bencic also the first players to return and defend their crown – both a fitting end and fitting milestones to what many suggested was the best Mastercard Hopman Cup ever staged.
Seventeen years after Roger Federer teamed with Martina Hingis to win a second Hopman Cup title for Switzerland, the prolific champion partnered Belinda Bencic to triumph again for his nation.
Featuring five top-10 stars, multiple Grand Slam champions and a trio of Olympic medallists, a superb standard was expected at Mastercard Hopman Cup in 2018 – and as a series of hard-fought and entertaining ties were completed, the record 106,424 fans at Perth Arena certainly weren’t disappointed.
Just one player, though, amassed a perfect Perth record in 2018 – Roger Federer doing so with round-robin singles wins over Karen Khachanov (Russia), Yuichi Sugita (Japan) and Jack Sock (USA) and a three-set win over Alexander Zverev in the final against Germany.
Belinda Bencic was similarly impressive for Team Switzerland, winning every match of the round-robin stage against higher ranked opponents (Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Japan’s Naomi Osaka and USA’s CoCo Vandeweghe).
With Switzerland also winning every one of the team’s round-robin mixed doubles rubbers, the only blip was Bencic’s three-set loss to former No.1 Angelique Kerber – who made a stunning Hopman Cup debut with victory in every singles rubber she contested – in the final.
But victory was soon assured as the Swiss duo combined to defeat Germany in the decisive mixed doubles, ensuring that Federer was only the second player (after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who represented Spain in 1990 and 2002) to experience such a lengthy break between Hopman Cup victories
France steals the show
As records toppled at Perth Arena, a first-time pairing between Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic delivered a second Mastercard Hopman Cup title for France.
Roger Federer’s first Hopman Cup appearance in 15 years set the stage for a record-breaking week. In an event first, the prolific champion staged an open practice session, attracting over 6000 fans before the competition had officially commenced. Competing alongside Belinda Bencic for Switzerland, Federer also headlined another record-breaking session, with the 13,917 fans who attended the France v Switzerland creating the biggest tennis crowd in Perth history. It was Kristina Mladenovic and Richard Gasquet, however, who emerged triumphant from a stunning week, with their win over USA’s CoCo Vandesweghe and Jack Sock in the final securing a second Hopman Cup title for France. The French team was unbeaten in mixed doubles in 2017, with Gasquet sensationally saving a match point over Sock to level the hugely entertaining final. “A lot of great players have won here, so that’s why we’re happy to have our names on the Cup,” said Gasquet. “We are very proud.”
Worth the wait
Stunning performances from Hopman Cup debutantes Daria Gavrilova and Nick Kyrgios saw Australia end its 17-year wait for a second Hopman Cup title.
With special sentiment surrounding the retiring Lleyton Hewitt there were two Australian teams at the Hopman Cup, the long-time favourite competing alongside Jarmila Wolfe for Australia Gold. However it was Australia Green in the opposite group who won headlines, hearts and eventually the title as Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova defeated Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov and Elina Svitolina in the final. Kyrgios was a winner of every singles match he contested at Perth Arena – one of which was against world No.2 Andy Murray – and the pair combined flawlessly for mixed doubles. The final round robin rubber against France was most dramatic, the Australians saving match point to earn a place in the final.
Poland created history in defeating USA to become the 13th nation to win a Hopman Cup title in 2015
The runner-up in their first-ever Hopman Cup appearance in 2014, Poland created history in defeating USA to become the 13th nation to win a Hopman Cup title in 2015. Poland’s title included Agnieszka Radwanska’s first-ever win over world No.1 Serena Williams in the final, a fight back from American John Isner against Jerzy Janowicz and a dramatic live mixed doubles rubber, in which the first-time champions eventually prevailed.
France wins its first ever Hopman Cup, defeating Poland 2-1 in a hard-fought final.
January 2014 In front of more than 10,000 fans at the Perth Arena, France held their nerve to defeat Poland in the final. Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Alize Cornet to level the tie at 1-1 after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had given France the early lead with a three-set win over Gregorz Panfil. In the deciding mixed doubles rubber France were simply too strong.
October 2013 Former player Paul Kilderry is named as the new Hopman Cup Tournament Director.
Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues celebrate an upset victory over the No.1 seeds.
January 2013 Spanish duo Anabel Medina Garrigues and Fernando Verdasco come from 1-0 down to defeat top-seeded Serbian pair Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic.
January 2013 The 25th edition of the mixed teams championships smashed the previous attendance record of 82,000 with 104,468 fans attending. More than 13,500 fans watched Australia take on Serbia to set a new session record.
Czech defeats France
Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych kissing the cup as they celebrate their victory over French pair Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet.
January 2012: The tournament’s top seeds Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic were close to unstoppable, dropping just one match for the week. The powerful duo didn’t drop a set in the final, defeating French pair Marion Bartoli and Richard Gasquet 2-0.
March 2012: The ITF takes over management of the Hopman Cup until the end of 2014 when Tennis Australia will take on increased involvement. Paul McNamee’s tenure as Tournament Director comes to an end.
April 2012: Tennis Australia is contracted by the ITF to provide services to assist the ITF in running the 2013 and 2014 events. The Hopman Cup is returned to the Australian Open Series ahead of the 2013 event.
October 2012: Hopman Cup 2013 is officially launched with the eight competing teams announced. The 25th instalment of the event will be broadcast on Network Ten and live streamed on multiple platforms. The event will also be played in its new home at the newly constructed Perth Arena for the first time.
US duo claims cup
Big server John Isner and partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat the top seeded favourites Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic for the title.
January 2011: More than 78,000 people attended the 23rd instalment of the Perth teams event. Top-seeded Serbian duo Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic were the hot favourites, but it was big serving American John Isner and the colourful Bethanie Mattek-Sands who walked away with the title.
Victory for Spain
Spanish team Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Tommy Robredo beats Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Laura Robson in the finals.
January 2010: The Spanish team of Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Tommy Robredo didn’t drop a single rubber during the group stage and continued to win a hotly contested final over Great Britain’s Andy Murray and Laura Robson.
April 2010: Hopman Cup General Manager Andrew Firman announces that Hopman Cup will move to the new Perth Arena.
Slovakians Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty go undefeated in their group matches and takes the cup with a 2-0 win in the final.
January 2009: Seventh-seeded Slovakians (Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty) stun their more-fancied opponents to go undefeated in their group matches before sweeping Russian siblings Marat Safin and Dinara Safina 2-0 in the final.
Williams & Fish
Top seeds Serena Williams and Mardy Fish beat Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic to claim the cup.
January 2008: Top seeds Serena Williams and Mardy Fish prove too strong for Serbian duo Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic. After Jelena Jankovic was unable to play the opening rubber, Novak Djokovic levelled the tie at 1-1 but the United States won the mixed rubber to claim the Cup 2-1.
Cup expands to asia
The Hyundai Hopman Cup expands into Asia.
January 2007: The Hyundai Hopman Cup expands into Asia, with the traditional Play-off replaced by an Asian Hopman Cup qualifying tournament, with India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna emerging from the six-nation round-robin to win a place in the Perth championship. In the main draw, top seeds Russia (Nadia Petrova and Dmitry Tursunov) justify their No.1 ranking to beat Spanish pair Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo to win their first Hopman Cup.
Sam Stosur Debuts
Australia’s Sam Stosur makes her Hopman Cup debut.
January 2006: Australia unveils two new contestants with Sam Stosur and Wayne Arthurs making their Cup debuts. However, an injury to Arthurs sees youngster Todd Reid fly in as his replacement for the final two ties. Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova and Marat Safin were the designated top seeds, but a late injury forced Safin out and Teimuraz Gabashvili is named as his replacement, but he too was injured and eventually Yuri Schukin played for Russia.
January 2006: The introduction of the Hawk-Eye system proves a success at its initial testing and ITF endorsement seems likely.
January 2006: Netherlands duo Michaella Krajicek and Peter Wessels win the play-off and fight their way through three rounds undefeated to meet the fourth-seeded Americans Taylor Dent and Lisa Raymond in the final. For the first time the final is played at night, allowing the ABC to televise it live, with victory going to the Americans in a thriller.
Slovak Republic wins
Slovak Republic beat Argentina with a stellar 3-0 victory for the Hopman cup.
January 2005: History repeats itself in the days immediately before Hopman Cup 2005 when defending champion Lindsay Davenport withdraws with a damaged shoulder. Meghann Shaughnessy steps in for her Cup debut, but victory couldn’t be repeated by the USA. And for the first time, the event sees the replacement of a player mid-week with young South Australian Paul Baccanello flying in from Adelaide to deputise for injured Mark Philippoussis in Australia’s last match, losing a tough contest to James Blake.
January 2005: third seeds Slovak Republic (Dominik Hrbaty and Daniela Hantuchova) play fourth-seeded Argentina (Giselo Dulko and Guillermo Coria) in the final. The Slovakian duo storms to a 3-0 victory. A total of 77,176 people attend the Cup.
Two in a row for the US
Lindsay Davenport stepping in for an injured Serena Williams with partner James Blake produced a triumphant win against Slovak Republic pair in the finals.
January 2004: Three well-known Cup stalwarts in Mrs Lucy Hopman – the widow of Harry Hopman – international TV commentator Fred Stolle and Davis Cup legend Neale Fraser are named as Ambassadors for the Cup. British pop star Sir Cliff Richard is the special guest at the New Year’s Eve Ball, 16 years after he appeared at the inaugural tournament.
January 2004: The USA makes it two in a row, with Lindsay Davenport stepping in at the last minute to replace an injured Serena Williams and partner James Blake to victory over Slovak Republic pair Daniela Hantuchova and Karol Kucera. Australia qualifies first in its group, but is forced out of the final with an injury to Alicia Molik.
Second win for the US
Top seeded American pair Serena Williams and James Blake celebrate their victory over Australia’s Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt to win the cup.
January 2003: Top-seeded American pair Serena Williams and James Blake break through to win a second Cup, beating Australians Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt. It is the first time that both world No.1s are in the field – Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt. The week’s attendance of 82,079 shatters the previous Cup record and the one-millionth patron attends the Cup.
Veteran wins again
Spanish veteran Aranxta Sanchez Vicario returns for the seventh time and teams up with Tommy Robredo to win the cup tens years after her first victory.
January 2002: Hyundai Hopman Cup 2002 sees the introduction of the match tie-break for mixed doubles. This new scoring system will be used when scores are locked at one set all, regardless of whether the rubber is “live” or “dead”. The first team to score 10 points, with a margin of two, wins with the set counting as a full 7-6 set.
January 2002: The tournament signals the end of Paul McNamee’s ownership, with his company, Paul McNamee Enterprises, handing over the rights to the International Tennis Federation. McNamee continues as Tournament Director, with former General Manager Rick Williams becoming Chief Executive Officer, reporting to a newly formed ITF Board. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti makes his first visit to Perth for the Cup.
January 2002: Tournament major sponsors Hyundai Automotive Distributors Australia announce a five-year $5-million extension of their sponsorship for naming rights.
January 2002: Ten years after her first Hopman Cup victory, Spanish veteran Arantxa Sanchez Vicario returns for the seventh time. She teams with Tommy Robredo to beat Americans Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill, who are runners-up for a second successive year.
Martina Hingis and Roger Federer beats American duo Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill in the finals to win the cup.
January 2001: Prize money for Hyundai Hopman Cup 2001 rises to $1 million, with $240,000 to be shared by the winners. Switzerland atones for its dramatic 1996 loss, with Martina Hingis and Roger Federer beating American duo Monica Seles and Jan-Michael Gambill. Another attendance record is set, with 79,057 people watching the 12 sessions.
South Africa wins cup
South Africans Amanda Coetzer and Wayne Ferreira beat Cup debutants Thailand in the finals.
January 2000: Hyundai Hopman Cup 2000 is the first tournament to experiment with new ITF rules, including a two-minute break at the end of each set regardless of the games played. Also, the 90-second break after the first game of a set is eliminated. Perth tennis identity Rob Casey is appointed assistant to Tournament Director Paul McNamee.
January 2000: South Africans Amanda Coetzer and Wayne Ferreira beat Cup debutants Thailand, after Tamarine Tanasugarn and Paradorn Srichaphan win their way to the final after beating Japan in the first Asian play-off. The event draws a record crowd of 75,858 people.
First win for Australia
Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic beats Sweden’s Asa Carlsson and Jonas Bjorkman in the finals to claim a first victory for Australia.
January 1999: France beats Zimbabwe in the play-off to complete the eight-nation field. Australia wins the Hopman Cup for the first time with adopted teenage star Jelena Dokic proving a giant-killer as she teams with Mark Philippoussis to beat Sweden’s Asa Carlsson and Jonas Bjorkman.
Slovak pair beats France
Slovak pair Karina Habsudova and Karol Kucera beats France’s Mary Pierce and Cedric Pioline in the finals.
January 1998: Prize money rises to $900,000, with Romania and the Slovak Republic contesting the play-off. An amazing win for the Slovak pair Karina Habsudova and Karol Kucera who won entry to the tournament and then marched through to top their pool and beat France (Mary Pierce/Cedric Pioline) in the final to claim the first prize of $220,000.
United States Wins cup
College graduate Justin Gimelstob and Chanda Rubin claims first prize.
January 1997: A magic moment for unheralded American college graduate Justin Gimelstob who came into the field at the last minute and partnered Chanda Rubin to victory over South Africa (Wayne Ferreira/Amanda Coetzer) to claim the first prize of $220,000.
May 1997: Hyundai named as major title sponsors in a five-year deal aimed at keeping the Hopman Cup in Perth.
October 1997: A new format is announced with two countries to contest a play-off the day before the event to determine the eighth nation in the round-robin field.
Default win for Croatia
Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli celebrates their victory over Switzerland.
January 1996: A new format sees eight countries contest a round-robin series, in two groups with each side playing three rivals and the top two nations meeting in the $700,000 tournament (the richest sporting event in Western Australia) with $200,000 for the winners.
January 1996: Croatian pair Goran Ivanisevic and Iva Majoli create history for their new country with victory over Switzerland (Marc Rosset/Martina Hingis) in a final where Rosset injured his hand (in a show of anger thumping a backboard) at 5-5 all in the deciding set of the mixed doubles and the team defaulted.
August 1996: The International Tennis Federation announces it will officially sanction the Hopman Cup.
October 1996: Record prize money of $800,000 is announced for Hopman Cup 1997.
Anke Huber and Becker beats Andrei Medvedev and Natalia Medvedeva.
January 1995: Germany’s Anke Huber and Becker beat Ukraine (Andrei Medvedev/Natalia Medvedeva) to win the Cup.
October 1995: A round-robin format with eight countries in two groups is announced for Hopman Cup 1996.
December 1995: Contracts are signed to keep the Hopman Cup in Perth for three more years.
Czech beats Germany
Czech Republic players, Petr Korda and Jana Novtna receiving the cup.
January 1994: Top seeds Czech Republic (Petr Korda and Jana Novotna) beat Germany (Bernd Karbacher/Anke Huber) to win the Cup.
Graf & Stich
Germany’s Steffi Graf and Michael Stich beats Spain’s brother-sister duo Arantxa and Emilio Sanchez for the cup.
January 1993: Germany wins the Cup with Steffi Graf and Michael Stich beating Spain’s brother-sister duo Arantxa and Emilio Sanchez. Another record attendance, with 70,500 for the week.
May 1993: Hopman Cup prize money rises to $760,000, with $200,000 for the winners.
December 1993: The TEL electronic lines system is introduced for the first major tournament in the world.
Swiss Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere and Jakob Hlasek beat Czechs, Helena Sukova and Karel Novacek for the Hopman cup.
January 1992: German TV company SAT sends a full crew to cover the Boris Becker-Steffi Graf appearance, reporting record ratings back home. Switzerland are the new champions with Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere and Jakob Hlasek beating the Czechs, Helena Sukova and Karel Novacek.
March 1992: Pepsi-Cola announce a four-year sponsorship deal with the Hopman Cup; prize money increases to $700,000.
Upset win for Yugoslavia
Yugoslavian Monica Seles and Goran Prpic beat American pair Zina Garrison and David Wheaton to win the cup.
January 1991: The final produces an upset result as Yugoslavian teenage star Monica Seles and hardened campaigner Goran Prpic beat American pair Zina Garrison and David Wheaton, in front of a sell-out crowd of 8500 taking the week’s total to 63,000.
March 1991: Paul McNamee announces that the Hopman Cup will stay at Burswood for the next five years, with prize money jumping to $600,000.
October 1991: German champions (and former world No. 1s) Boris Becker and Steffi Graf named to pair up for the first time in their careers.
Spain celebrates win
Spain’s Emilio Sanchez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario celebrates victory over the United States in the Final.
January 1990: Spain celebrates New Year’s Day with victory over the United States in the Final, with Emilio Sanchez beating John McEnroe and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario downing Pam Shriver, with the US taking the mixed doubles in between the singles.
March 1990: Tennis Australia officially sanctions the Hopman Cup.
December 1990: The Hopman Cup format changes with the ladies singles to open each tie, followed by the men’s and then the mixed doubles. In another boost, prize money increases to $400,000.
Twelve Countries Compete
Swan Gold announces that 12 countries will compete in the second Hopman Cup.
January 1989: After the inaugural New Year’s Eve Ball, a packed house of 7500 fans watch Czechoslovakia’s Helena Sukova and Miloslav Mecir beat Australia’s Cash and Mandlikova in the Final, which was watched by a worldwide viewing audience of millions.
April 1989: The second Hopman Cup by Swan Gold announces that 12 countries will compete with a 40 per cent prize money lift to $350,000.