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Save the Hopman Cup

2019 may have been the last Hopman Cup tennis event. If you want to sign a petition to show your support for the Hopman Cup, please click on the link below.

https://www.change.org/p/international-tennis-federation-continue-the-hopman-cup-perth-tennis-tournament

References for the petiton follow.

https://thewest.com.au/sport/tennis/hopman-cup-will-perth-lose-the-tournament-next-year-ng-b881062160z

https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/tennis/hopman-cup-set-to-be-axed-with-funding-set-to-be-diverted-to-new-tennis-event-ng-b88889392z

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/perth-could-lose-hopman-cup-tennis-tournament-within-two-years-ng-f8a6c6269eb9e0f31ce6a0a42a137655

https://au.eurosport.com/tennis/atp-cup-to-shake-up-australian-open-warm-up-landscape_sto7013542/story.shtml

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/tennis-australias-hopman-cup-takeover-to-begin-next-year-ng-eacd9924ea5d8a075f122969445ac3aa

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2019/01/hopman-cup-roger-federer-serena-williams-dual-gender-atp-wta-demise/78596/

PETITION CONTENTS DUPLICATED BELOW

TENNIS SHOULD FOLLOW, NOT ABANDON, HOPMAN CUP’S DUAL-GENDER PATH –   tennis.com

Continue the Hopman Cup because it attracts top class international players, it is one of the few tennis tournaments in the world which brings together both female and male tennis stars, and it is a unique and entertaining event; and a sports icon of Perth.

Abandoning the Hopman Cup would rob tennis of a model for how the sport can be packaged and presented in an equality-minded, dual-gender format that has the added benefit of being TV-friendly.   –  tennis.com

The Hopman Cup international mixed gender team tennis event has taken place in Perth every January (sometimes starting in late December) since 1989 and has attracted more than 20 world number ones.

Hopman Cup founder Paul McNamee  played a key role in the founding of the Hopman Cup tournament in 1988. He served as Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup and the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Open series until 2006.

McNamee, handed control of the Hopman Cup to the International Tennis Federation in 2002 with the understanding that he would remain tournament director, handing over the ownership rights in order to receive the international body’s backing, which he believed was important to the tournament’s survival.  Paul McNamee resigned as tournament director of the Hopman Cup in 2006.

The ITF decided in March 2012 at a board meeting that it would take on the management of the tournament itself, before suggesting a handover to Tennis Australia post-2014.

Tennis Australia had unceremoniously removed the Hopman Cup from the Australian Open series, being the tournaments leading to the Australian Open and the AO itself, being the first Grand Slam of the year, between 2006 and 2012.  

In 2011 Paul Kilderry was appointed tournament director of the Hopman Cup.

Following a year long battle between the Western Australian Government (via Tourism WA) and Tennis Australia over the management rights for the Hopman Cup, the ITF decided to take over management itself, in 2012. 

Initially the ITF stated that they would take on management until the end of the current contract with Tourism WA in 2014, at which point Tennis Australia’s involvement would increase.  

Later the ITF announced it had “signed an agreement with Tennis Australia under which Tennis Australia will be contracted to provide certain services to Hopman Cup for the 2013 and 2014 events”. Tennis Australia has been contracted to; provide a tournament director; procure players, and; provide an operations director.

The trade-off is that the Hopman Cup will be “returned to the Australian Open Series ahead of the 2013 event” said the International Tennis Federation, therefore once again receiving international recognition as an Australian Open Series tournament.

While the Hopman Cup does not give ranking points to the players, it is a hugely loved and very unique, wonderful tournament, and well received and hosted by Perth, a city in Australia which hardly has any major events held at it, but deserves to.  The uniqueness of this event can be read about here

In July 2018, the “Sunday Times” newspaper reported that the State Government — through major partner Tourism WA — is preparing to divert funding to the new ATP World Team Cup men’s event which will come to Australia in January 2020..

The World Team Cup, to be run by the ATP and Tennis Australia, will feature $20 million in prize money to make it the richest tournament in the world outside of the grand slams. Unlike the Hopman Cup, it will also offer players the chance to play for ranking points.  Too bad for women players who had a chance to play in the Hopman Cup and use it for a warm up for the Australian Open.

Hosting the World Team Cup will divert money from running the Hopman Cup.  

Perth Now – Hopman Cup to be Axed

The new tournament will take place in three cities across Australia over 10 days in the lead-up to the 2020 Australian Open, raising questions over the future of the existing warm-up events not only in Perth, but in Brisbane and Sydney.  

Tennis Australia believes the World Team Cup will revolutionise the Aussie tennis summer. However the Australian team, which has generally been a major attraction at the Hopman Cup, may only play in Perth every three years as part of the new teams tournament.

ATP Cup to shake up Australian tennis

Perth also appears likely to miss out on hosting the final of the new event, with the pointy end of the tournament expected to be held in Sydney. Brisbane is also set to host part of the new event.  A recent article in Tennis.com states that the Federer v Williams match at the 2019 Hopman Cup made headlines around the world, and that:

“Losing the only event that brings the top stars of both the ATP and WTA together on a single court would be a serious own goal.”

[ ATP is the Association of Tennis Professionals for men, and the WTA is the Women’s Tennis Association ]

Source:  Tennis.com Pro game mixed competition

Please, Mr McGovern and Mr Papalia, listen to the people whom you claim to listen to.  Tennis is NOT about how much fame and prestige that you or “Australia” receives, or about focusing on the male players gaining ranking points.  It is a sport for all to enjoy.  The Hopman Cup is a superb tennis competition proudly run in Perth and always well attended, and is regarded as unique and essential around the world.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN THE PETITION TO REQUEST THAT THE HOPMAN CUP BE CONTINUED IN 2020 AND BEYOND.  WE WANT THE HOPMAN CUP NOT THE ATP WORLD TEAM CUP.

https://www.change.org/p/western-australian-government-continue-the-hopman-cup-perth-tennis-tournament


Hopman Cup: Scoring – and the Ball Trophy Bounces Back!

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.

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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.

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The Hopman Cup 2013 – Perth Arena

25th Hopman Cup

Photo taken by me on Thursday 3rd January 2013

Right click on image then left click on “View Image” to see full size

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Photograph by Travis Hayto – Outer Bounds Photography

The Hopman Cup is a mixed tennis competition where male and female players are on combined teams and represent their countries.  Players are invited to attend, national coaches not being involved in selecting teams.

The Hopman Cup consists of eight teams, which are made up of one male and one female player. Teams are split into two groups of four, with each team playing the other three teams in their group. The two teams that finish top in their group play off in the finals.

Each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match.  All matches are the best of three sets, except for the mixed doubles. If a mixed match is tied at one set all, a match tiebreak is played to decide the final set.  Play began on 29 December 2012 and ended on 5 January 2013.

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