Photo: Paul ZimmerJerzy Janowicz (POL)
Polish pair Agnieszka Radwanska and Jerzy Janowicz and Australia’s finest Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic confirmed their participation at the 2014 Hyundai Hopman Cup in a bumper announcement from the Perth event on Tuesday.
Tomic, who played with Ashleigh Barty at last year's event, will link up with Stosur for the first time, while world No. 4 Radwanska and this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Janowicz will also play together for the first time when Poland makes its Hopman Cup debut in January.
“I’m really excited to play the Hopman Cup for the first time,” said 24-year-old Radwanska. “I’ve never played mixed doubles with [Jerzy] before. Actually my last mixed doubles match was I think five years ago so that will be fun for sure.”
At 6’8”, Janowicz, 22, has been standing tall on the men’s circuit this year, leaping 73 places over the past 12 months to a career-high No. 14 in the world soon after reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal on the grass at Wimbledon.
But while he has never played a mixed doubles event at Tour, Challenger or Futures level, Janowicz is looking forward to treading new ground alongside Radwanska.
“We decided it might be a lot of fun to play together at Hopman Cup,” said Janowicz.
Stosur, meanwhile, is looking forward to returning to Western Australia for the first time since 2010.
“I just wanted to get back to Perth. I thought this year I’d try something different again,” said the world No. 13, who is hopeful that the Hopman Cup can help her improve on her fourth-round best at the Australian Open.
“[The Hopman Cup] will be nice to be able to play," said Stosur. "You know that you’re going to get three matches and maybe that’s going to be good for me going into the Aussie Open.
“Hopefully that’s going to be the secret formula to me doing well."
Stosur has a strong partner in Tomic, who is unbeaten at the Perth Arena having won all three of his singles matches at the event’s new venue in 2013, including a surprise 64 64 triumph over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I had some success there earlier this year so hopefully I can do well again in 2014,” said the world No.42. “The event always attracts strong teams so you know you’re going to get some tough matches against high quality players.
“The local crowds love their tennis and it’s always exciting to play in front of them.”