Murray and Robson Complete Hopman Field
The Hyundai Hopman Cup today announced that World Number 4 Andy Murray will partner Laura Robson for Great Britain at January’s ITF International Mixed Teams Championship in Perth. Murray joins World Number 2 Novak Djokovic headlining an impressive array of tennis talent that also includes the two greatest female players of the modern era, Serena Williams and Justine Henin.
Murray had this to say, "I'm looking forward to going back to the Hopman Cup. For me, it was a good start to the year and we went pretty close to winning. I look forward to playing with Laura once again".
Murray and Robson competed in last year’s Hopman where they went all the way to the Final, losing to an inspired Spain. Murray was in outstanding form throughout the week and delighted the Perth crowd and audiences back home in the UK with his majestic play. He continued this impressive form in Melbourne, notching a brilliant semi-final victory over World Number 1 Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open before a gallant defeat in his second Grand Slam Final by Roger Federer.
Robson, at only 15 years, was also enchanting and her singles victory in the Final displayed the poise that has carried her to a Junior Wimbledon title and her second successive Final appearance at the 2010 Junior Australian Open. Robson also partnered Australian Sally Peers in the doubles at the 2010 Australian Open where they reached the quarterfinal.
Tournament Director, Paul McNamee, said, "Andy Murray is a rare talent so we are delighted he is coming back. His racquet work last year was a joy to watch. Laura continues to develop and get better..... they have a real chance once again".
The eight teams competing in the 2011 Hyundai Hopman Cup are:
* USA - Serena Williams and John Isner
* Belgium – Justine Henin and Steve Darcis
* Serbia – Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
* France – Kristina Mladenovic and Gael Monfils
* Kazakhstan – Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev
* Italy – Francesca Schiavone and Potito Starace
* Australia – Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt
* Great Britain – Laura Robson and Andy Murray
The Official Draw will be conducted next Monday, 18 October.