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History of Hopman Cup

Along with the best internationally acknowledged game tournaments is the Hopman cup which is usually done annually at Perth, Western Australia during the last week of December or on January. The tournament is a combination of male and female teams from different countries, proving their physical power and energy in the field of tennis. The game was founded in the year 1989 and was named after Harry Hopman –a great Australian tennis player who had bagged 16 Davis cup for the country, getting the grand slam title for mixed doubles and doubles for seven times.

Hopman has never attended each game without his brilliant plans for the play and did not allow his rivals get the cup from Australia. That is the reason why many tennis players from 1950’s up to the present time consider his exceptionally clever and impressive ideas towards the game. Hopman has not only claimed his fame in the country but also in the United States of America and all over the world.

In the year 2005 and 2006, the elite level was first introduced. At this point, the players were allowed to challenge point-ending line calls and through the use of a Hawk-Eye technology, the calls are abruptly reviewed.

In the year 2008, which was the 20th Hopman cup, was supposed to be played at Burswood Dome for the last time. However, the same place handled four more yearly tournaments because at that time, Perth Arena was still under construction. Hence, the silver anniversary of the Hopman tornament happened in the year 2013 at the Arena.

The tournament was first aired by the Seven Network until the year 1994. In the year 1995 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation continued airing until 2010. It was then 2011 when the Network Ten got it but ended on 2013 for no clear reason.

In the history of Hopman cup, the best players to be remembered are Ivan Lendi, Justin Henin, John McEnroe, Steffi Graf, Arantca Vicario, Martina Hingis. Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijters, Justine Henin, Boris Becker, Mats Wilander, Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Cast, Yannick Noah, Monica Seles, Boris Beckker and Novak Djokovic.

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