The Hopman Cup is the very first tennis tournament on the 2012 tennis calendar. Hopman Cup 2012 is the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) only Mixed Team Championships. The Hopman Cup is played at Western Australia’s Burswood Dome in Perth, Australia at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. To watch the tennis in Singapore the times are the same as listed below.
This event begins on 31 December 2011 and the Final will be played on Saturday 7 January. The Hyundai Hopman Cup 2012 draw is an 8-team draw split into two groups, Group A and Group B. Each of the four teams in each group plays three round robin matches against the other three nations in their group. The format for each 3-match tie begins with a women’s singles match followed by a men’s singles match and finishing with a mixed doubles match. The two teams who finish first in their group will play-off in the Final.
Each singles match is best-of-3 tiebreak sets and the mixed doubles matches play a Match Tiebreak instead of a 3rd set, if the match is tied at one set all. A Match Tiebreak is when the winning team reaches 10 points first with a lead of at least 2 points. To win the challenge against another nation you team needs to win at least two of these three matches. The four seeded nations are: No.1 Czech Republic, No.2 France, No.3 Spain and No.4 seed USA.
The Hopman Cup has been held since 1989 making Hopman Cup XXIV the 24th edition of this event. This event is played on two indoor Blue Plexicushion Prestige hard courts (with the centre court being an indoor court). The official name for the 2012 Hopman Cup is the Hyundai Hopman Cup due to title sponsorship naming rights.
Last year Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS (then ranked No.58) and John ISNER (then ranked No.19) won the Hopman Cup for the USA as an unseeded team, 2-1 against the No.3 seeds the Belgian team, which included the now retired 7-time Grand Slam singles champion Justine Henin. The USA have now won 6 Hopman Cup titles and Mattek-Sands will be partnered by current World No.8 Mardy Fish in 2012. Interestingly, Fish won the 2008 Hopman Cup with Serena Williams and Mattek-Sands moved up as high as No.30 on July 11 this year before ending 2011 at No.55.
Pictured above is current World No.1 Caroline WOZNIACKI in the ready position in preparation to return serve at the 2011 Miami Open. The 21-year-old from Denmark will also be ready to return serve to all her critics in 2012 with her major aims winning Grand Slam singles titles. Wozniacki rose to No.1 on 10 October 2010 and will begin 2012 enjoying her 64th week at No.1.
The 1.77m Wozniacki has made four Grand Slam singles semi finals thus far and went through to the final from one of those four semis. The 18-time WTA singles tournament winner made the 2011 Australian Open semi finals, the final of the 2009 US Open and the US Open semi finals in 2010 and 2011. Wozniacki definitely performs her best on hard courts so will be confident and hungry for success in January 2012.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day, so please visit here often to keep updated with any changes or new developments.
- Czech Republic: (No.2) Petra KVITOVA + (No.7) Tomas BERDYCH
- USA: (No.55) Bethanie MATTEK-SANDS + (No.8) Mardy FISH
- Denmark: (No.1) Caroline WOZNIACKI + (No.236) Frederik NIELSEN
- Bulgaria: (No.46) Tsvetana PIRONKOVA + (No.72) Grigor DIMITROV
- France: (No.9) Marion BARTOLI + (No.19) Richard GASQUET
- Spain: (No.27) Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES + (No.24) Fernando VERDASCO
- Australia: (No.33) Jarmila GAJDOSOVA + (No.189) Lleyton HEWITT
- China: (No.5) LI Na + (No.423) WU Di
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 Tiebreak’s are counted as one set for the purposes of calculating the sets won and sets lost percentage.
If there is still a tie then whichever team has the better percentage of games won and lost finishes higher. All tiebreaks 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 as well, 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 schedule of play for the 2012 Hopman Cup event is:
- Saturday 31 December: France versus China at 9:30am;
- Sunday 1 January: Australia v Spain at 3pm;
- Monday 2 January: Czech Republic v Bulgaria at 9:30am + at 5pm USA v Denmark;
- Tuesday 3 January: Spain v China at 9:30am & Australia v France at 5pm;
- Wednesday 4 January: Denmark v Bulgaria at 9:30am & Czech Republic v USA at 5pm;
- Thursday 5 January: Australia v China & France v Spain both on at 1pm;
- Friday 6 January: Czech Republic v Denmark & USA v Bulgaria both on at 1pm; and
- Saturday 7 January: The Mixed Team Championships Final at 3pm.
Photo credit: Mark Howard Photography