The mix-gender tournament of tennis, Hopman Cup is set to make its return tentatively in 2021. The re-elected ITF president of ITF, David Haggerty is planning to revive the mixed doubles tournament of tennis. He addressed his interests to Reuters over a telephonic interview.
“Our plan is to re-introduce it for 2021. We don’t have plans for the Hopman Cup in 2020 but we are going out to the market for expressions of interest and we have already had quite a few inquiries,” Haggerty said.
“It could really be anywhere in the world and any time in the calendar. The reason to do the expressions of interest is really to get the feedback from the nations and cities that have an interest and see what their proposal would be. I can confirm we have interest from every continent,” he added.
Last year, the Hopman Cup 2019 was a massive success with Roger Federer and Serena Williams taking on the Australian court. About 15,000 tennis enthusiasts turned up for the match and the tickets for that event were sold within a few moments.
“We know how successful the Hopman Cup was last year with Serena playing for the United States and Roger representing Switzerland. “When they played the mixed doubles it filled the stadium with over 15,000 fans. Any tournament would love to have that even for their singles final. We know that when men and women come together it’s one of the great things for our sport,” Haggerty continued.
Read More – Hopman Cup Disappears:- Roger Federer Moans Loss
Next year, the ATP Cup, a new team contest amongst the ATP men will be inaugurated. The tournament will be taking place in the Australian cities, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth. The tournament rewards a whopping prize money of $20 million along with ranking points.
The Hopman Cup 2006 was the first elite tournament in tennis to introduce the Hawkeye Challenge system, which now extensively used in professional tennis.