At the Hopman Cup, Nations a comparison in tennis with a focus on the Mixed game occur on eight national teams. They will play a men's and a women's singles and a mixed doubles. The Hopman Cup has equal status with the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. The event was named after the Australian tennis player Harry Hopman, who played with his wife mixed.
The idea for the event was first discussed in 1984. However, it took until 1988 that the competition was actually performed. Since then, he is played each year shortly before or shortly after the turn of the year in Perth, Australia.
The tournament mode has been changed over the years several times. The number of participating nations alternated between eight ( at the inaugural tournament in 1988/89) and twelve ( second to seventh staging ), with the eighth edition of the Hopman Cup there was a return to eight participants Nations. The order of the matches changed after two years of the women's singles, mixed, men's singles at the women's singles, men's singles, Mixed, to help the Mixed a more attractive, sometimes game-winning role. Since the eighth event no longer the usual at tennis tournaments knock-out system is used, but it was a round- robin system introduced with two groups of four participants, which is mainly concessions to the viewers. Also qualifying for the tournament mode as well as the number of set Nations and their placement in the seedings were changed several times.
Record winner is the U.S., which met six times won the tournament (2011 last). The U.S. is the only nation that could defend the title already.
The first victory of a German couple succeeded in 1993, when Steffi Graf and Michael Stich against the Spanish team won the title, with Graf took in the final despite an ankle injury. She was already in the first edition of the Hopman Cup as a player and also as a promotional winner here, although they otherwise rarely played mixed doubles. Two years later, could also Boris Becker and Anke Huber recorded with a hard-fought victory against the Ukrainian mating success.
For the viewer this tournament is particularly interesting because of that, often because the two top ranked player ( women and men) take a country and then even stand in mixed both on the court. So you had, among other things, the opportunity to see the rare combination Becker / Graf on the square at the Hopman Cup.
By 2012, the Burswood Dome was the venue of the tournament, since 2013 it is the arena in Perth instead.
As of January 2014
Hosts Australia was in all 25 tournaments without. The following statistics are taken into account only nations who have participated in at least five times.
As of January 2014
Most frequently participated (at least five appearances ) have:
- Amanda Coetzer South Africa with nine appearances (1993-2001 )
- South Africa Wayne Ferreira with 7 appearances (1993, 1996-2001)
- Australia Lleyton Hewitt with 7 appearances (2002-2004, 2009-2012 )
- Australia Alicia Molik with 7 appearances (2002-2005, 2007, 2008, 2011)
- Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario with 7 appearances (1990-1993, 1998-2000)
- Australia Mark Philippoussis with 6 appearances (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007 )
- United States James Blake with five appearances (2000, 2003-2005, 2009)
- Emilio Sánchez Vicario Spain with five appearances (1990-1994).
The brother and sister Arantxa Sánchez and Emilio joined together at four times (1990-1993 ).
As of January 2013