The 31-year-old notable mixed-doubles event of tennis, where tennis duos represent their nation, the Hopman Cup which has been abolished since Perth becomes the host for ATP Cup. The Western Australian city will inaugurate the men’s event in January 2020.
It’s just tennis in the month of January in Australia and the addition of the contemporary men’s event on the ATP calendar has sacked the three-decade-old custom of tennis. The ATP Cup would fetch 750 ranking points and $22m (€19.5m) as prize money.
After the ultimate Hopman Cup champion, Roger Federer won his fourth-round match at Miami Open against Daniil Medvedev, he spoke about the demise of the prestigious event. “Well, I mean, similar to this situation here, you know. We’re not in Key Biscayne anymore,” Roger Federer mentioned. “But let’s say you’re not in Perth anymore for Hopman Cup, and this is where it has always been. This is where the spirit is or was, will always be. Maybe in 50 years, we’ll talk differently.
“Right now obviously it’s a bit sad news that that’s happening,” he continued. “Has it been announced Perth gets the ATP Cup, though? Okay. Well, that at least maybe redeems things a little bit, but, yeah, I mean, look, I enjoyed the last three years playing there. I played there with Mirka, too. With Martina. I look back, always had a wonderful time. Yeah, I don’t know what to say. I’m a bit torn. So that’s it.”
This year, 43 Grand Slams were present on the Hopman Cup’s court as Serena Williams and Roger Federer had set up a match against which other. About 14,000 tennis enthusiasts turned up for the match.
In reference to the battle between the marvels of the sport, the founder of the Hopman Cup Paul McNamee mentioned, “If there was a sign off… to say well, bye bye Hopman Cup, it was the fact that probably the two greatest players in the history of the sport, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, went on court at the Perth Arena and went head-to-head.”
The other Australian cities, Sydney and Brisbane were declared to be the other ATP Cup host cities and Sydney will be organizing knockout rounds and championship match. “The ATP Cup will launch the global tennis season for the men,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said. “Four of the top 12 male players and eight of the top 24 will play in Perth, with 24 teams competing across three cities, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney.”