The 2011 Hopman Cup is the International Tennis Federation Mixed Team Championships exhibition tournament played at Western Australia’s Burswood Dome in Perth, Australia. The 23rd edition of the Hopman Cup is being held at the Burswood Entertainment Complex on 2 blue Plexicushion Prestige hard courts of which the Centre Court is indoors.
This event begins on January 1 and the Final will be played on Saturday 8 January. The Hyundai Hopman Cup 2011 draw is an 8-team draw split into 2 groups, Group A and Group B. Each of the 4 teams in each group plays 3 round robin matches against the other 3 nations. The format for each 3-match tie begins with a women’s singles match then a men’s singles match and is followed by a mixed doubles match.
Each singles match is best of 3 tie break sets and the mixed doubles matches play a Match Tie Break if the match is tied at one set all. A Match Tie Break is when the winning team reaches 10 points first with an advantage of at least 2 points. To win the tie you need to win at least 2 of the 3 matches.
The total prize money for the 2011 Hopman Cup tournament is 1,000,000 Australian dollars with the winning nation’s 2 players to share $240,000. There are 4 seeded nations amongst whom, Great Britain’s 16-year-old Laura Robson and 2010 Australian Open singles runner-up Andy Murray were the runners-up in last year’s Hopman Cup Final against Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Tommy Robredo.
- No.1 seed Serbia – World No.17 Ana Ivanovic and No.3 Novak Djokovic
- No.3 seed Belgium – No.12 Justine Henin and No.178 Ruben Bemelmans
- Australia – No.129 Alicia Molik and No.54 Lleyton Hewitt
- Kazakhstan – No.39 Yaroslava Shvedova and No.36 Andrey Golubev
- No.2 seed Great Britain – No.217 Laura Robson and No.4 Andy Murray
- No.4 seed Italy – No.7 Francesca Schiavone and No.47 Potito Starace
- France – No.300 Kristina Mladenovic and No.132 Nicolas Mahut
- USA – No.58 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and No.19 John Isner
If any of the teams in one group have the same win-loss record after the round robin has been completed then there is a tie. In order to determine the final placings for each team the next factor to determine who finishes higher is whichever team has the better percentage of sets won and lost. Any Match Tie Break’s are counted as one set for the purposes of calculating this sets won and lost percentage.
If there is still a tie then whichever team has the better percentage of games won and lost finishes higher. All tie breaks played are counted as one game for the purposes of calculating this games won and lost percentage. If there is still a tie after that then the team with the better head-to-head record between the two teams finishes higher.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day and that all times listed below are local times in Perth, Australia i.e. Western Standard Time.
The Hopman Cup prize money is awarded to the teams like this:
- The winning team earns $240,000;
- The runners-up earn $120,000;
- The 2nd placed team in each group earn $110,000;
- The 3rd placed team in each group earn $100,000; and
- The 4th placed team in each group earn $85,000.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Hopman Cup event is:
- Saturday 1 January Belgium versus Australia at 3pm;
- Sunday 2 January Serbia v. Kazakhstan at 5pm;
- Monday 3 January Great Britain v. Italy at 9:30am and France v. the USA at 5pm;
- Tuesday 4 January Belgium v. Kazakhstan at 9:30am & Serbia v. Australia at 5pm;
- Wednesday 5 January Italy v. the USA at 9:30am & Great Britain v. France at 5pm;
- Thursday 6 January Serbia v. Belgium & Australia v. Kazakhstan both on at 3pm;
- Friday 7 January Great Britain v. the USA & Italy v. France both on at 3pm; and
- Saturday 8 January: The Final at 3pm between the winners of Group A and Group B.
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