The Mastercard Hopman Cup in 2018 will feature one of the strongest fields, including three top 10 players, as it shapes up to be one of the most exciting in the tournament’s 30-year history. Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion and world No.2 Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland are back to play Western Australia’s most prestigious tennis competition from 30 December to 6 January at Perth Arena. Two-time Grand Slam champion – Australian Open 2016 and US Open 2016 – and former world No.1 Angelique Kerber will represent Germany, alongside sizzling young gun and current world No.4 Alexander Zverev. Kerber, who holds 10 career singles titles, is a 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medalist and a seasoned Fed Cup player, will make her debut at the tournament. “I’m excited to play in Perth at the Hopman Cup for the first time,” Kerber said. “I’ve watched the tournament from afar and have always wanted to play. The crowd and atmosphere at the arena looked incredible this year and I can’t wait to be a part of it in 2018.” Russia will see two-time Grand Slam champion and world No.9 Svetlana Kuznetsova pair up with rising Next Gen star Karen Khachanov. Australia will be represented by 2016 champion and world No.22 Daria Gavrilova and rising star Thanasi Kokknakis. “It’s going to be unreal. To have three to four quality matches in the heat, maybe it’s hotter than it is in Melbourne and getting ready for the Aussie Open, is going to be perfect. Quality opposition – what better way to prepare?” Kokkinakis said. Belgium’s number one and world No.11 David Goffin will team up with Hobart International 2017 champion Elise Mertens. Former world No.7 Eugenie Bouchard and Wimbledon doubles champion Vasek Pospisil will play for Canada. This year’s finalists, America’s world No.24 Jack Sock and world No.16 Coco Vandeweghe, are back following seasons where both achieved career high rankings. Rounding out the field are Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka, marking Japan’s return to the event for the first time in 16 years. In total, the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2018 field includes:
Six current top 20 players
Ten current top 40 players
Eight players who each recorded career-high rankings in 2017
Seven players have won ATP or WTA singles titles this year, a total of 16
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