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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hopman Cup unveils superstar field


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Two of the world's all-time great tennis players, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, will play each other on New Year's Day after the Hopman Cup confirmed its field to kick off a massive month of tennis in Australia.

The blockbuster clash between Federer's Switzerland and Williams' USA will get January off to the perfect start, with the mixed teams event to be broadcast on Nine for the first time.

Federer and Williams are the headline acts but there are plenty of other big names joining them in Perth for the tournament.

Australia's rising star Ash Barty will team with Perth local Matt Ebden, while Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber shape as one of the hottest combinations in the field.

However, it will be on New Year's Day when the eyes of the world will turn to the RAC Arena, with Williams starting her fifth Hopman Cup campaign alongside up and comer Francis Tiafoe.

"I always enjoy playing in Western Australia and in front of the crowd there at Perth Arena," Williams said.

"The Aussie fans are always so warm and supportive and the Hopman Cup has always given me a great start to the season, especially ahead of the Australian Open.

"I haven’t played with Frances in mixed doubles before, but have watched him from afar this year.

"He has a very bright future and I’m looking forward to being on court with him, it will be a lot of fun."

The 41 ranked Tiafoe will be making his Hopman Cup debut.

"I hear it's extremely nice … all the top guys play and it’s a very relaxed event but pretty serious at the same time," Tiafoe said about the Hopman Cup.

"Everyone feels right at home to start the year. So I'm pretty excited for it.

"I’m extremely nervous to play with Serena, a complete legend. But I'm sure it'll be fine. We'll have a good time and hopefully get some wins."

Barty, who has won nine career doubles titles, including her first Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open last month, will play the Mastercard Hopman Cup for the first time in six years. 

"I'm really excited to be back at the Hopman Cup," Barty said.

"The fans are amazing and Perth Arena is phenomenal. It's one of my favourite courts around Australia. The fans are passionate, they love their sport, and I think it’s the perfect preparation leading into the Australian Open. 

"Mixed [doubles] is always so much fun. I think for the girls it's a bit of a challenge to play against the guys. For me, I get to play with a little bit more freedom, little bit extra fun, just going out there and trying to do my best against some of the best guys in the world."

Two of the world's all-time great tennis players, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, will play each other on New Year's Day after the Hopman Cup confirmed its field to kick off a massive month of tennis in Australia.

The blockbuster clash between Federer's Switzerland and Williams' USA will get January off to the perfect start, with the mixed teams event to be broadcast on Nine for the first time.

Federer and Williams are the headline acts but there are plenty of other big names joining them in Perth for the tournament.

Australia's rising star Ash Barty will team with Perth local Matt Ebden, while Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber shape as one of the hottest combinations in the field.

However, it will be on New Year's Day when the eyes of the world will turn to the RAC Arena, with Williams starting her fifth Hopman Cup campaign alongside up and comer Francis Tiafoe.

"I always enjoy playing in Western Australia and in front of the crowd there at Perth Arena," Williams said.

"The Aussie fans are always so warm and supportive and the Hopman Cup has always given me a great start to the season, especially ahead of the Australian Open.

"I haven’t played with Frances in mixed doubles before, but have watched him from afar this year.

"He has a very bright future and I’m looking forward to being on court with him, it will be a lot of fun."

The 41 ranked Tiafoe will be making his Hopman Cup debut.

"I hear it's extremely nice … all the top guys play and it’s a very relaxed event but pretty serious at the same time," Tiafoe said about the Hopman Cup.

"Everyone feels right at home to start the year. So I'm pretty excited for it.

"I’m extremely nervous to play with Serena, a complete legend. But I'm sure it'll be fine. We'll have a good time and hopefully get some wins."

Barty, who has won nine career doubles titles, including her first Grand Slam doubles title at the US Open last month, will play the Mastercard Hopman Cup for the first time in six years. 

"I'm really excited to be back at the Hopman Cup," Barty said.

"The fans are amazing and Perth Arena is phenomenal. It's one of my favourite courts around Australia. The fans are passionate, they love their sport, and I think it’s the perfect preparation leading into the Australian Open. 

"Mixed [doubles] is always so much fun. I think for the girls it's a bit of a challenge to play against the guys. For me, I get to play with a little bit more freedom, little bit extra fun, just going out there and trying to do my best against some of the best guys in the world."

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