The Hyundai Hopman Cup - an official team competition of the ITF since 1996 - is an international mixed event that was first contested in 1989.
It is staged at the start of each year in Perth, Australia. In 2013, the Hopman Cup celebrated its 25th year by moving to the state-of-the-art Perth Arena.
The event was born out of admiration for Harry Hopman, the great Australian, with former players Paul McNamee and Charlie Fancutt responsible for conceiving the idea.
The Hopman Cup has consistently attracted the game’s best players. More than 20 former world No. 1's have represented their nation over the years.
Some of the all-time greats to play at the Hopman Cup include John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Yannick Noah, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams.
For the players, it is an entertaining and relaxing way of starting the season before contesting the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. It was clearly good preparation for Djokovic in 2011, as the Serb won his three Hopman Cup singles matches and then went on to lift the trophy at Melbourne Park.
France won the most recent installment of the event as Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated top seeds Poland in the final. The French clinched the title 2-1 with victory in the mixed doubles rubber over Agnieszka Radwanska and Grzegorz Panfil.
For more information about the Hyundai Hopman Cup, including players, nations, news and photos, visit the competition's official website.
Hopman Cup XXVI
The 26th edition of the Hyundai Hopman Cup took place on 28 Dec 2013 - 4 Jan 2014.
Click here to view the Schedule and Results.
Agnieszka Radwanska Sloane Stephens
Grzegorz Panfil John Isner
Alize Cornet Eugenie Bouchard
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Milos Raonic
Czech Republic Italy
Petra Kvitova Flavia Pennetta
Radek Stepanek Andreas Seppi
Sam Stosur Anabel Medina Garrigues
Bernard Tomic Daniel Munoz de la Nava
Helena Sukova / Miloslav Mecir Serena Williams / James Blake
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario / Emilio Sanchez Lindsay Davenport / James Blake
Yugoslavia Slovak Republic
Monica Seles / Goran Prpic Daniela Hantuchova / Dominik Hrbaty
Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere / Jacob Hlasek Lisa Raymond / Taylor Dent
Steffi Graf / Michael Stich Nadia Petrova / Dmitry Tursunov
Czech Republic USA
Jana Novotna / Petr Korda Serena Williams / Mardy Fish
Germany Slovak Republic
Anke Huber / Boris Becker Dominika Cibulkova / Dominik Hrbaty
Iva Majoli / Goran Ivanisevic MJ Martinez Sanchez / Tommy Robredo
Chanda Rubin / Justin Gimelstob Bethanie Mattek-Sands / John Isner
Slovak Republic Czech Republic
Karina Hadsudova / Karol Kucera Petra Kvitova / Tomas Berdych
Jelena Dokic / Mark Philippoussis Anabel Medina Garrigues / Fernando Verdasco
South Africa France
Amanda Coetzer / Wayne Ferriera Alize Cornet / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Martina Hingis / Roger Federer
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario / Tommy Robredo