I didn’t get to attend the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth this year. I tend to address or call the Hopman Cup by the year in which the Final occurs, so this year’s Hopman Cup started on Saturday 30 December 2017 but finished on 6 January 2018 the current year. I must confess that I find it easiest for me to refer to it thus as the 2018 Hopman Cup.
Many others refer to it as the 2017 Hopman Cup and the fact that this tournament may span 2 consecutive years can cause confusion. If you want to get technical, the tournament that just passed is really the 2017 / 2018 Hopman Cup.
To my great surprise, I noted on television and on the tournament’s website, that in 2018, the winners were awarded silver balls as their individual trophies! I puzzled “what happened to the tennis racquet trophies?” I loved those trophies along with the jewellery that was also awarded to the winners – see THIS post for more information. I know from the Solid Gold website, that these tennis racquet trophies are valued at $26,000 each.
These new individual trophies were first commissioned from Solid Gold Jewellers in 2014. My research has found that these tennis racquet trophies were awarded to Hopman Cup winners where the tournaments finished in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Getting back to the wonderful diamond studded sterling silver balls, made to the real-life size of a tennis ball, the trophies are made of sterling silver, 18 carat yellow gold, and encrusted with over 200 diamonds and are jointly donated by Brinkhaus Jewellers and Argyle Diamonds.
Doris Brinkhaus of Brinkhaus Jewellers says about the prestigious gorgeous diamond encrusted silver balls.
“They are now widely considered to be one of the most sought after tennis trophies in the world. Champions Steffi Graf, Boris Becker, Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Roger Federer, Mark Philippoussis, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, James Blake, among many others, are all proud recipients of the prized Hopman Cup Tennis Balls.”
Well, I can’t find out why the tournament managers / sponsors changed to individual trophies provided by Solid Gold jewellers, for 4 years from 2014, and then switched back to the silver balls in 2018, or what the Argyle Diamond studded balls are worth, but I can say that Solid Gold jewellers are no longer the tournament’s official jeweller for the purposes of the individual trophies. The following page from Solid Gold has an awesome video showing the trophies being made, and says:
“Featuring over 180 individual pink and white diamonds, a mixture of yellow, white and rose gold and showcasing the work and expertise of key master craftsmen from the Solid Gold Diamonds workshop team, the Hopman Cup trophies are a stunning celebration of the triumph of champion athletes.”
I went to the Final of the 2015 Hopman Cup (from 4 to 10 January 2015) and noted that the Polish winners each received the Solid Gold individual tennis racquet trophies. The Post below tells how each trophy was then presented upright in what looks like a Perspex or clear case with the racquet held loosely in place by 2 bands or clips.
If you look at the photo below (if still available) of Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova who won the 2016 Hopman Cup (3 – 9 January 2016) you will see the Solid Gold Tennis racquet trophy was presented in a wooden case.
I also found that the Solid Gold Tennis racquet trophies were awarded to France’s Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic who won the 2017 Hopman Cup (1 – 7 January 2017).
That is why I say that the tennis racquet trophies were presented over 4 years from 2014 to 2017 inclusive!
I asked both Solid Gold and the Hopman Cup organisers about the trophies.
My Question to Solid Gold Diamonds
Hi Solid Gold, I was wondering if the diamond studded tennis racquet trophy for the Hopman Cup winners is no longer being provided by you?
The answer, in part, from Solid Gold Diamonds
We are not a sponsor of this year’s Hopman Cup.
My Question to the Hopman Cup
Please can you advise about the ball trophies presented at this year’s 2018 Hopman Cup?
Are they the diamond studded solid silver balls from Brinkhaus Jewelers? In 2014 the individual trophies were from Solid Gold jewelers, being the tennis racquet trophies.
We would like to know about the individual trophies, thanks very much !
The answer from the Hopman Cup
The Mastercard Hopman Cup 2018 field competed for the chance to win the iconic silver and gold tennis ball trophies made by Brinkhaus Jewelers, our official jeweler. Two stunning tennis balls were hand crafted and feature diamonds throughout the design.
So there you have it. The answer from the Hopman Cup official website contact person does not explain why the move back to the iconic tennis ball trophy or why the move away from it between 2014 to 2017. Solid Gold’s reply does not say that they were given a 4 year contract for the new design. It would seem that, for who knows what reason, for a few years those who won the Hopman Cup tournaments from 2014 to 2017 inclusive, will have the iconic tennis racquet individual trophies from Solid Gold Diamonds, and those after will likely receive the iconic sought after diamond studded sterling silver ball trophies.
Brinkhaus Jewelers blog dated July (assumedly 2017) states that they have provided the tennis ball trophy over the past 29 years, so that means since 1988 I think.
If you want to see who has won which, visit the Wikipedia below, for the years won.
I know that Novak Djokovic from Serbia (whom I love) really wanted to win the iconic diamond studded silver tennis ball trophy, but never has. There is still a chance for you though, Novak, you just need to come to Perth and play in the Hopman Cup again !! Serbia reached the Finals of the Hopman Cup tournaments of 2008, 2011 and 2013.
HOPMAN CUP TENNIS – SCORING & RELEVANCE TO TENNIS RANKING – a fascinating subject
The Hopman Cup is an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tennis tournament held in Perth, Western Australia in early January (sometimes commencing in late December) each year, which plays mixed-gender teams on a country-by-country basis.
The tournament is a sanctioned event in the calendar of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but while individual player results are tallied, they are not included in the calculation of tennis world rankings. The competition receives extensive television coverage in Australia and is an important lead-up tournament to the Australian Open each January as part of the Australian Open Series.
A seed is a competitor or team in a sport or other tournament who is given a preliminary ranking for the purposes of the draw. A draw refers to the competitors or teams that are drawn to go into a particular group or a round.
The official Hopman Cup website states that: seedings of the eight teams are based on the players’ singles rankings.
If you really want to know how the seeding is worked out, Grand Slam Gal’s information, in tandem with you looking up the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals – for men’s ranking) rankings of tennis players world-wide, will help you. Good luck!
The eight teams are placed into two groups – Group A and Group B.
A team consists of 1 male player and 1 female player from 1 country.
There are 8 teams in total, representing 8 countries.
The 8 teams are divided into 2 groups ( See here for how this is organised or decided )
Group A consists of 4 teams and Group B consists of 4 teams.
Each team in a Group plays against the other 3 teams in that Group. This way of playing a tournament is called a Round Robin or the Round Robin format.
Let’s call them A, B, C, and D to work out how many sessions are played.
AB AC AD Line 1
BC BD Line 2
DC Line 3
Line 1 above shows that team A plays against teams B, C and D.
Team A plays a Men’s Single Match and a Women’s Single Match and a Mixed Doubles Match i.e. 3 Matches against each of the other 3 teams in the Group. A set of these 3 Matches is called a “tie”.
Team A plays 3 matches (a Single Match and a Women’s Single Match and a Mixed Doubles Match) against team B, and 3 such Matches against team C, and 3 such Matches against Team D. Thus Team A plays a total of 9 Matches (as do all the teams).
A set of 3 Matches is played during either a morning session or an evening session, and is called a “tie”.
A team wins the “tie” if the team wins at least 2 out of 3 of their Matches.
Line 2 Team B has already been matched or paired with Team A, and at this stage of our computations, therefore needs to be matched or paired with Team C and with Team D.
Line 3 Team D has already been matched or paired with Teams A and B, and at this stage of our computations, therefore needs to be matched or paired with Team C.
Therefore, in each Group, a total of 6 sessions is played.
Remember: Game – Set – and Match
In the Hopman Cup, a Match is a play of one player against another (male against male or female against female), or of one team consisting of a male player and a female player from the same country, against another team consisting of a male player and a female player from another country,.
The winner of a Singles Match is the player that wins 2 Sets.
Mixed doubles matches are the best of three FAST4 Tennis sets (since 2017). This format includes a tiebreaker at three games all (first to five points) and first to four games wins a set. The pair that wins at least 2 sets on this basis, wins the Match. See here for info.
The players of 1 Match may play either 2 or 3 Sets, depending upon who wins the Sets. If one player, let’s call them player A, wins the 1st 2 Sets then this player (Player A) wins the Match. If player A wins the 1st Set and player B wins the 2nd Set, the players must then play a 3rd Set and whoever wins the 3rd Set will win the Match.
In a Singles Match, a Set is won when one player wins at least 6 Games AND wins at least 2 Games more than the other player, e.g. player A wins 6 games and player B wins 4 games.
Did you know that in 2009, Roger Federer won over Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, and in their last Set, the score was 16 – 14 (with Roger winning the Set by winning 16 games to Andy winning 14 games?
A Session in the Hopman Cup is also called a “tie” and consists of 3 matches – Men’s Single, Women’s Single and the Mixed Doubles. Each team plays 9 Matches.
If a team in a Group wins all of their “ties”, this means that the team has won between 6 and 9 matches. This is because a Team has to win at least 2 matches in a tie, and as each team plays against 3 teams, if the Team wins 2 matches against each of the 3 teams, they win 6 matches. If the Team wins all 3 matches against each of the 3 competing teams, then that team wins 9 matches.
A and B play 3 Matches (A-B tie), A and C play 3 Matches (A-C tie), and A and D play 3 Matches (A-D tie)
B and A play 3 Matches, B and C play 3 Matches, and B and D play 3 Matches
C and A play 3 Matches, C and B play 3 Matches, and C and D play 3 Matches
D and A play 3 Matches, D and B play 3 Matches, and D and C play 3 Matches
The unique 6 Sessions are highlighted in red.
If one team in Group A wins all of their 9 Matches i.e. has won all 3 matches against each of the 3 teams that they play against in their Group, that Team is the Group Winner and that team goes through to the Final. Likewise, for Group B.
A team in either Group may win the Men’s Single Match, the Women’s Single Match and the Mixed Doubles Match in all 3 “ties” that they play – thus winning 9 Matches.
A team in a Group may win a “tie” by winning 2 of their 3 Matches – so 2 matches from the following – Men’s Single Match, the Women’s Single Match and the Mixed Doubles Match, in every “tie” or session, remembering that a “tie” or a session is made up of the above 3 matches, played against another team. With 3 ties of 3 Matches played and having to win at least 2 of 3 matches to win a “tie”, at least 6 matches are won ( 2 against each of the other 3 teams ). Between 6 and 9 matches ( 2 or 3 matches against the other 3 teams ) are won, if a team in a Group wins all of their “ties.”
In the 2017 / 2018 Hopman Cup tournament, in Group B, the Swiss team won all 9 Matches. They won all 3 Matches – Women’s Match, Men’s Match and the Mixed Doubles – against each one of the 3 teams they played against. Congratulations! Switzerland was the Group B Winner. The following link to the official Hopman Cup tournament website shows the latest Round Robin results. Points mean the number of “ties” won.
Note: the number of Points refers to the number of “ties” that a team has won. My other blog post here shows the different variations for the numbers of “points” or “ties won by all teams of a group.
Alas, the table above for Group A is wrong. I copied and pasted it straight from the official Hopman Cup website (see link below): Australia won only 1 tie and lost 2 of their ties. The number of “ties” or Sessions have to add up to 6 in any Group as demonstrated earlier in this Post. Silly Hopman Cup.
In Group A, team Germany won all of its 3 ties, so went through to the Final.
If no team in a Group wins all 3 ties, and if 2 or more teams win the same number of ties. then the team with the highest number of Matches won in the Group goes through to the Final.
If amazingly, the teams with the same number of ties won also have won the same number of Matches, the percentage of Sets won in that Group, goes through to the Final.
In the 2015 Hopman Cup, both Great Britain and Poland in the same Group won 2 of their 3 “ties” and both teams won a total of 6 matches each. Poland went through to the Final, based upon this team having the highest percentage of Sets won. I attended that Final, which was thrilling. The web pages below are references for this information.
If amazingly the percentage of Sets won was the same, then the best percentage of games won to lost is looked after and if amazingly that was the same, then head-to-head performances are looked at (whatever that means, I don’t know) and failing that, to decide a Group winner – lalala – a coin is tossed !! Haha.
The following explanation is from the official Hopman Cup website –
In the case of a draw in terms of the win–loss record in either group, the following factors, in order, will be used to separate the teams:
The highest total of matches won
Best percentage of sets won/lost *
Best percentage of games won/lost **
The toss of a coin
When a team wins a tie they get a point. The team with the highest number of points goes to the Final. If there is more than one team with the highest number of points won in a Group, then the team who goes to the Final is worked out based upon the above computations.
Previously I think that I worked out the different combinations of numbers of ties or points that can be won, in a Group. Scroll down the page below to just after the orange text, and you will find that if no Team wins all 3 ties in a Group, that means at least 2 teams in the group have won 2 ties.
I am sure that a clever mathematician (which I am not) would be able to work out all the possibilities or combinations of sets that could be possibly played and won, and be able to compute at any time, a running total and the number of sets or games that a team must achieve, in order to go through to the Final if of course that team has not won all 9 of their matches (i.e. has not defeated all 3 teams played against by soundly winning the Men’s Single, the Women’s Single and the Mixed Doubles against each team).
But that is maybe for another Post on this Blog !
Did the team win all 3 ties?
If YES, that team is the outright winner of that Group and goes through to the Final.
If NO then did the team in the Group win more matches in total, than any of the other 3 teams won, in that Group?
If YES, then that team goes through to the Final.
IF NO, then did the team win the highest percentage of Sets?
If YES, then the team goes through to the Final. If no, did the team win the highest percentage of games?
If YES then the team goes through to the Final.
If NO, continue as described above.
READ MY OTHER BLOG POSTS ABOUT THE HOPMAN CUP