Dates: 28 December – 1 January 1989
Venue: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
|Miloslav Mecir||Patrik Kuhnen||Thierry Tulasne||Shuzo Matsuoka|
|Helena Sukova||Steffi Graf||Pascale Paradis||Masako Yanagi|
|Pat Cash||Mikael Pemfors||Slobodan Zivojinovic||Jeremy Bates|
|Hana Mandlikova||Catarina Lindqvist||Carmen Skulj||Sarah Loosemore|
Czechoslovakia 2 d Australia 0
Helena Sukova d Hana Mandlikova 6-4 6-3
Mecir/Sukova d Cash/Mandlikova 6-2 6-4
Czechoslovakia 2 d Sweden 1
Mikael Pernfors d Miloslav Mecir 6-3 6-2
Mecir/Sukova d Pernfors/Lindqvist 6-3 7-5
Helena Sukova d Catarina Lindqvist 6-3 6-2
Australia 2 d West Germany 1
Steffi Graf d Hana Mandlikova 6-0 6-1
Cash/Mandlikova d Graf/Kuhnen 6-4 6-2
Pat Cash d Patrik Kuhnen 7-3 7-6
Australia 2 d Great Britain 1
Pat Cash d Jeremy Bates 6-4 1-6 6-3
Cash/Mandlikova d Bates/Loosemore 6-4 7-5
Sarah Loosemore d Hana Mandlikova 6-1 6-2
Czechoslovakia 2 d Japan 1
Shuzo Matsuoka d Miloslav Mecir 6-2 6-4
Mecir/Sukova d Matsuoka/Yanagi 7-5 6-3
Helena Sukova d Masako Yanagi 7-5 6-3
Sweden 3 d Yugoslavia 0
Mikael Pernfors d Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-4 6-3
Pernfors/Lindqvist d Zivojinovic/Skulj 6-7 6-3 6-2
Catarina Lindqvist d Carmen Skulj 6-2 6-3
West Germany 3 d France 0
Steffi Graf d Pascale Paradis 6-2 6-1
Kuhnen/Graf d Tulasne/Paradis 7-6 7-5
Patrik Kuhnen d Thierry Tulasne 7-6 7-5
Hopman Cup I summary
There was an uncanny air of expectancy about the first match of Hopman Cup I. December 28, 1988 was the dateline with tennis history as the crowds surged through the doors of what was then known as the Burswood Superdome – now shortened to Burswood Dome.
The build-up had been tremendous; after all, this was the first real dose of big-time international tennis in Perth since the mid-1970s when some of the men’s top players tackled an indoor event at the Perth Entertainment Centre.
And the Queen of Tennis, world No.1 and Wimbledon winner Steffi Graf was headlining the star-studded bill.
The Perth fans had eight countries represented by a leading male and female player and it was all new … the venue was being tested for tennis for the first time; the lighting was very crucial to the success; the court had been laid into the concrete floor; the temporary grandstands were camouflaged to look permanent, the VIP and sponsors boxes were dressed up magnificently.
So enter Pat Cash, Australia’s Wimbledon champion of a year earlier and a man on whom the nation had hung its tennis hat for the previous 18 months.
Partnered by adopted Aussie Hana Mandlikova, the host nation was first up on the centre court, in battle with Great Britain, the mother country, but this time put onto the sidelines with a speedy 2-1 result, courtesy of a Cash blitz on Jeremy Bates, even though the local idol dropped the middle set.
The big attraction about the Hopman Cup was the mixed doubles and up came Cash and Mandlikova to seal the match with a straight-sets win over Bates and British teenager Sarah Loosemore, who went on to beat Mandlikova in the “dead rubber.”
So Australia was the first country to win a Hopman Cup fixture.
They were followed by top seeds Czechoslovakia, with Miloslav Mecir and Helena Sukova downing Shuzo Matsuoka and Masako Yanagi 2-1; Swedish pair Mikael Pernfors and Catarina Lindqvist disposed of Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Zivojinovic and Carmen Skulj 3-0 and West Germany’s super-star attraction Graf combined with Patrick Kuhnen to beat French duo Pascale Paradis and Thierry Tulasne.
That put the top four seeded teams through to the semi-finals where Czechoslovakia beat Sweden 2-1, with the colourful Pernfors displaying tennis prowess as well as entertainment value to beat Mecir, ranked No. 4 in the world at that stage. It was something of an upset win in the singles 6-3, 6-2, but the crowd loved the loveable Pernfors. In the end, the Czechs were too good in the doubles 6-3, 7-5 and Sukova clinched the Tie with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline against Lindqvist.
The Aussies were then up against the West Germans, with Queen Steffi declaring that Cash’s powerful service didn’t frighten her. Australia won a thriller, with Graf winning the women’s but then the Aussie pair atoned in the mixed — and it wasn’t so much Cash’s service that worried Graf, but his returns; the best woman in the world failed to hold service once in four attempts in the mixed. Cash then banked the money by taking the men’s in straight sets, even though he was forced to 11 points to nine in the second-set tie-breaker.
Cash was a comeback man, after being out of the game for almost a year and he rated his victory against Kuhnen as a “10 out of 10” effort considering his lack of match practice.
So into the final and what an organiser’s dream — the top seeds earning their status, but up against the host country, with another full house of 8000 screaming fans urging them on. The dream was spoilt, however, as the seedings proved correct, with Sukova beating Mandlikova and while the scoreline showed a 6-4, 6-3 result, the adopted Aussie had her chances. But her service simply didn’t work; eight double faults confirmed that.
The Czechs were too strong in the mixed; where Cash was obviously suffering from illness. He looked listless and later complained of dizziness and the final “dead rubber” between Cash and Mecir was aborted.
It was a fascinating week, with a total of almost 38,000 people attending the seven sessions, with $100,000 going to the winners and $50,000 to the runners-up.
Burswood Resort had proved a winner as far as a venue went; the players loved the complex and all its facilities and the tennis produced plenty of spirited competition and fierce battles — especially when hard-hitting players like Cash declared that any female on the other side of the net was a fair target!
The reaction of the nation’s press to the inaugural event was interesting.
All the leading tennis writers had invaded Perth for what they initially thought would be a relaxing week’s holiday at a fabulous resort. But the quality of the tennis; the consistency of the big crowds and the sheer professionalism of the event and the players kept them busy …. especially with their glowing reports on the brilliant introduction of the Hopman Cup to the world circuit.