The ITF has announced that the Hopman Cup, the ITF’s official mixed team competition, will return for the 2023 tennis season and will be staged by Tennium in Nice, France on from 19-23 July.
We are thrilled to partner with Tennium and that the Hopman Cup will return in 2023. The 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. David Haggerty, ITF President
Last played in 2019, the Hopman Cup has enjoyed an illustrious history as a unique fixture on the annual tennis calendar.
The event has featured a ‘Who’s Who’ of the international game with legends such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Hingis, Boris Becker, Li Na and Andy Murray representing their nation in both singles and mixed doubles.
Founded in 1989, the event spent its first 30 years in Perth, Australia, and was played in the opening week of the tennis season.
The prestigious Nice Lawn Tennis Club will host the Hopman Cup from 2023 to 2027, as part of a 5-year agreement between the ITF and Tennium, a Barcelona-based company who operate multiple ATP and WTA events.
As in previous editions of the competition, each team will consist of one male and one female player, with ties between nations featuring one men’s singles match, one women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match.
Six teams will compete in the 2023 and 2024 editions, with the competition expanding to 8 teams from 2025 onwards, while,. as hosts, France will field a team each year.
The Hopman Cup was named after renowned Australian Davis Cup captain, Harry Hopman who, in addition to a hugely successful playing career that saw him reach 3 Australian Open singles finals and win 7 Grand Slam titles across men’s and mixed doubles, led the Australian team to a record 16 titles between 1939 and 1967.
Hopman’s widow, Lucy, was a regular attendee at the Hopman Cup in Perth until her death at the age of 98 in 2018.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tennium and that the Hopman Cup will return in 2023,” David Haggerty, ITF President, said. “The 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.”
Kristoff Puelinckx, Tennium CEO, said: “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 the 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.”
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice and a former professional motorcyclist, said: “This event confirms once again that Nice is a privileged destination for the biggest international sporting events.
“After the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2020, the Top 14 semi-finals in 2022, the Hopman Cup will precede the Rugby World Cup by a few weeks, and then the arrival of the Tour de France in July 2024.
“Tennis is a major sport in Nice, a discipline that has a strong history, with a club that is more than a hundred years old, and great players who have marked French tennis.”
The Hopman Cup was co-founded by 3 Australian tennis players and friends, Paul McNamee, Charlie Fancutt and Pat Cash, who dedicated the event to the legendary Harry Hopman.
Their dream was for the Hopman Cup, a team event for men and women, to one day stand alongside the ITF’s flagship team events, the Davis Cup for men and the Billie Jean King Cup for women.
Commencing in December 1988, with the support of the Western Australian Government, the Hopman Cup was conducted at the Burswood Dome for 24 years, with the ‘Hopman Cup family’ guidance of Lesley and Paul McNamee, after which it moved to a new home, the purpose-built Perth Arena.
The Hopman Cup is a fitting tribute to the man it was named after and the many people who helped create it.
Tennium is an international sports agency with headquarters in Barcelona and a presence in Argentina, Belgium and the United States, the company is led by Kristoff Puelinckx, of Belgium, and former French tennis player, Sebastien Grosjean.
With the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the Argentina Open, the European Open and the Hamburg European Open, Tennium now adds The Hopman Cup to the list.