I have had a confirmation from Paul McNamee (via Tennis West news) that both Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters will play. Daniela Huntachove is also playing as well as Serena Williams. Alicia Molik will partner Hewitt.
An article from Tennis West
Hopman Cup lands two No.1's
Tuesday, 15 October, 2002
PERTH, Oct 15 AAP - The $1 million Hopman Cup tournament has landed a coup by attracting both world No.1 ranked tennis players for the first time in its history.
Men's No.1 Lleyton Hewitt will again bypass hometown Adelaide to represent Australia with Alicia Molik in the eight nation, mixed teams event from Dec 28-Jan 4.
And women's world No.1 Serena Williams will play for the United States along with James Blake.
Hewitt's decision to play the Cup for a second year means he will forego the AAPT Championships in Adelaide which is played in the same week.
The 21-year-old scored his breakthrough ATP Tour title victory at the Adelaide tournament as a 16-year-old schoolboy and continued to play it until last summer when he decided to change his schedule in a bid to be fresher going into the Australian Open.
However, his Hopman Cup debut last summer was marred by a bout of chicken pox which continued to affect him as he was beaten in the first round of the Australian Open. Other big names to sign for the Hopman Cup include Hewitt's girlfriend, world No.5 Kim Clijsters of Belgium and No.9 Daniela Hantuchova from the Slovak Republic.
Australia is seeded No.2 behind the Americans, the other countries competing are the Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovak Republic, defending champions Spain, Italy and with the last team in the tournament to be decided between the winner of Paraguay and Uzbekistan.
Tournament director Paul McNamee said: "Serena Williams is raising the bar in women's tennis and it is a real milestone that in the 15th Hopman Cup Serena becomes the 15th No.1 to play. "I've watched James Blake progress through the last two years, he has developed into a formidable player with a fantastic forehand. "Serena and James are part of the new wave of players."