Photo: Paul ZimmerAndy Murray - 2013 Wimbledon champion
The first two teams of the 2015 Hopman Cup have been named, with Great Britain and Australia the first teams to be finalised.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will lead the British charge alongside Heather Watson, who returned to the Top 50 following an excellent showing at the Rogers Cup.
Murray played Hopman Cup in 2010 and 2011, teaming up with Laura Robson on both occasions. The pair finished as runners-up to Spain in 2010 but failed to progress past the group stage in 2011.
The Australian team features 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who caused such a stir with a great run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July, teaming up with Casey Dellacqua.
Murray has been a runner-up at the Australian Open on three occasions and he considers the Hopman Cup to be the ideal way to start the season ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2015, “I find it very good preparation for the Australian Open. The organisers look after everyone extremely well there”.
Watson is Great Britain’s top-ranked female player but has never played mixed doubles with Murray. “This will be the first time Andy and I will have played mixed doubles so I hope we can do our best to win the Hopman Cup. That would be brilliant”.
Kyrgios, who recently lost to Murray at the Rogers Cup, is the youngest player ranked inside the Top 100 and has improved his ranking by almost 800 places since January 2013 to sit just outside the Top 50, at No. 58.
The young Australian has forced his way into Australia’s Davis Cup team and he is hoping that the crowd in Perth could recreate that atmosphere, “I’ve heard the Perth Arena is a great stadium. The atmosphere in there is really good from what I’ve seen. Hopefully we can get that atmosphere like a Davis Cup tie. That would be just sensational to play in front of a crowd like that because it really gives me the energy and spark to perform out there.”
It will be a return home for Dellacqua, a Perth native, and the Australian, who has moved into the Top 30 in the WTA rankings for the first time, is excited to have the local support, “To play in front of my home crowd in Perth is a bonus. I always love playing in Australia and really enjoy the crowd support.”
Hopman Cup ticket packages are on sale to the general public from 1 October 2014.
For further event information please visit hopmancup.com.