We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries. In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!
My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena. It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm. This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1. The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as the following image for 2015 shows.
Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.
Single Session tickets
|Sun 4 to Fri 9 Jan||Day/Night||Adult||$93.00||$68.00||$35.00|
|Sat 10 Jan (Final)||Night||Adult||$139.00||$99.00||$72.00|
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Above is a photo I took of the team from Poland at their Cup & trophy presentation.
If you are wondering how the Finalists got there, the results below may help. There were no outright winners in either Group A or Group B, i.e. no team / country won all 3 of their “ties” ( a tie being a set of 3 matches – women’s / men’s / mixed doubles ). In this case the number of matches won by each of the teams in a Group, that won the same number of Ties, are then looked at.
As the U.S.A. altogether won 7 matches, which is more than the number of Matches that the other 3 teams in Group A won, they went through to the Final.
As a reminder, a Match can consist of either 2 Sets or 3 Sets. A match consists of 2 sets only, IF one team wins both the first two sets, OR consists of 3 sets if each team wins one set each, and thus a 3rd Set is played to decide who wins two Sets, and thus wins the Match. Each team in a Group plays the other 3 teams, i.e. each Team plays 3 “ties” or 3 lots of 3 matches – women’s single, men’s single & the mixed doubles, a total of 9 Matches.
Now, in Group B, both Poland & Great Britain won 6 matches each.
So next, the Sets statistic is looked at, i.e. the percentage of Sets won overall. GB won 12 Sets from a total of 19, giving 63% won of the sets they played: and Poland won 14 Sets from a total of 21, giving 66% won of the sets they played – so Poland was the Group B Winner!
If the percentage of Sets won was equal, then one would look at the percentage of Games won, and if that amazingly was the same – other actions would be taken to determine the winner. Please see GrandSlam Gal’s post for information.
Round Robin Results
If you watch the Yahoo full replay of the Mixed Doubles, at the Link below, you will see at the end when Agnieska is holding her trophy sideways while giving her acceptance / thank you speech, that the Racquet is swinging a little. This demonstrates that the racquet is held in place by a metal band and can swing. The diamond studded Racquet is not in its own display case, but is on a base and against a mirrored back stand.