Number One For Hopman
The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII today announced a new Television partner in the TEN Network’s ONE HD and one of its greatest-ever fields featuring 5 Grand Slam Champions including world number 1 Serena Williams; world number 2, 2009 Australian Open Champ Novak Djokovic; the glamorous French Open Champ Ana Ivanovic; Australia’s Wimbledon and US Open Champ Lleyton Hewitt and for the first time 7 time Grand Slam Champion Justine Henin.
Joining these champions are French world number 17 Gael Monfils who is joined by 2009 world junior number 1 Kristina Mladenovic both making their Hopman Cup debuts.
Justine Henin will be partnered by Steven Darcis and Serena will be joined by marathon man world number 19 John Isner.
This smorgasbord of international stars is set to dazzle local tennis fans. And the news for the Hyundai Hopman Cup television viewer is just as good.
The Official ITF Mixed Teams Championship has engaged a new Television partner in the TEN Network’s ONE HD. A daily session will feature on the Network’s acclaimed Sports Channel One HD, complemented by 20 hours of national coverage on the TEN Network
“This is such an exciting time for the event,” said Tournament Director, Paul McNamee. “We are delighted to partner up with the newest player in Australian tennis being the TEN Network, and our viewers will no doubt enjoy the fresh perspective of our telecast.
“And it’s a spectacular line up. Some of the biggest and most celebrated names in the sport will play-off for the coveted diamond-encrusted trophies in January, Justine Henin will become the 22nd number one to participate and it is fantastic that Perth fans will get to see her in action”.
The teams announced today are:
* USA - Serena Williams and John Isner
* Serbia - Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
* Belgium - Justine Henin and Steve Darcis
* France - Kristina Mladenovic and Gael Monfils
* Australia - Lleyton Hewitt (partner tbc)
“There is potential for some really great match-ups for both the men and the women, not to mention the mixed,” said McNamee. “That’s exactly what we aim for and our unique format can deliver it. So we all have something to look forward to.”
Novak Djokovic, a Hopman Cup finalist in 2009, has this to say;
"I'm looking forward to going back to the Hopman Cup. For me, it was a good preparation for the Australian Open. I look forward to playing with Ana and trying to win the Hopman Cup"
His partner, Ana Ivanovic says;
"I'm very happy to be returning to Perth to play in the Hyundai Hopman Cup. Playing there in 2006 is one of my fondest memories in tennis, because I enjoyed it so much. The organizers treat the players so, so well and the atmosphere is great.
"Novak and I are good friends and I often play my best tennis when I'm relaxed, but for sure we're going to be competing hard and doing our best to win the competition."
The remaining Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII Teams will be announced in October.
The Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII runs from 1-8 January 2011 at Perth’s Burswood Dome. Season tickets on sale 30 August 2010 via Ticketek and Corporate Tickets are now available (hopmancup.com).
The Hopman Cup is proudly supported by title sponsor Hyundai Motor Company Australia; Major Sponsors Burswood Entertainment Complex, Eventscorp Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Amcom Telecom;
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