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The Hopman Cup is one of very few team competitions in tennis, putting together the best male and female players of each country.
|Nice Lawn Tennis Club
|6 countries (2 players per country)
The Hopman Cup is a mixed men’s and women’s team event. Nice Lawn Tennis Club in France hosted the competition for the first time in 2023 after it had been held in Australia for three decades. Previous venues include Burswood Dome and Perth Arena - both of which are in Perth, Australia.
The first-ever Hopman Cup took place in Burswood Dome. It remained here until 2012 before moving to Perth Arena. This venue hosted the competition for almost a decade before it became defunct in 2020, and before it returned to Nice, France, in 2023.
The Hopman Cup was created by three former Australian tennis players in 1988. Paul McNamee, Charlie Fancutt, and Pat Cash formed the competition. The three players wanted a mixed event to compete with the other international ITF competitions, like the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.
Harry Hopman is the namesake of this competition. He was a former Australian Davis Cup captain who led the nation to 16 victories in the competition. Compared to other team events in tennis, the Hopman Cup has a different setup. For instance, players choose to represent their nation by invitation without a head coach.
Moreover, as the event is arranged by the ITF, ranking points by the ATP and WTA are not awarded. In 2023, only six teams took part, but from 2025 eight teams should compete in the tournament each season, as they did also when the event was held before in Australia.
Teams are separated into two groups of four, or three in 2023, and the top two teams in the groups progress to the final. One female and male player represents their nation. These competitors play in three matches in the event - a women's and men’s singles and mixed doubles.
The United States have sealed the most Hopman Cup titles in the competition’s history with six. However, Spain and Switzerland have also achieved great success in the event as both nations have won four titles.