Hopman Cup to Return, But Not In Perth
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the return of the Hopman Cup, which will run from 19-23 July, in Nice, France instead of original home, Perth.
The event was founded in 1989, where Perth played as its host for 30 years, with it serving as a season opener, however, a five-year agreement between the ITF and event promoter, Tennium, will see it moved to the Nice Lawn Tennis Club until at least 2027.
The format for the tournament will stay the same, with a men’s and women’s singles match, and one mixed doubles game, with six teams competing in 2023 and 2024 before it expands to eight teams from 2025 and beyond.
Commenting on the partnership, ITF president, David Haggerty, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Tennium and that the Hopman Cup will return in 2023.”
“We are already looking forward to visiting the beautiful city of Nice next July.
“The Hopman Cup, as a unique mixed team event, has always enjoyed a special place in the hearts of tennis fans, and I am sure that spectators in Nice will relish the chance to see some of the world’s top men and women players on the same court.
“I would like to thank our event partners, Tennium, for helping us reintroduce the Hopman Cup to the tennis calendar, and we look forward to working together over the coming months and years,” he said.
Tennium CEO, Kristoff Puelinckx, added: “We would like to thank the International Tennis Federation for entrusting Tennium to bring the Hopman Cup back to the international tennis circuit.”
“We are looking forward to building out this great event, by leveraging our extensive experience with tournaments, players, and fans from around the world.
“We will work closely with ITF to ensure this event continues to be a milestone on the tennis calendar and we believe that Nice is the perfect stage for it,” he said.
The announcement comes after the ITF signed the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration to support women and girls in sport.