Two Aus­tralian teams for Hop­man

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

NEW hawk eye tech­nol­ogy, dance cam and $10 chil­dren’s tick­ets will be part of Hop­man Cup 2016 at Perth Arena.

An­nounc­ing the draw at Crown Perth last month, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Paul Kilderry said next year’s event would also in­clude two Aus­tralian teams.

Kilderry said Lley­ton He­witt would play the Hop­man Cup for the last time.

“He was keen to play and we were happy to have him,” he said.

He­witt will part­ner Casey Del­lac­qua for Aus­tralia Gold while Nick Kyr­gios will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia Green.

His part­ner an­nounced soon.

Aus­tralia Gold and Aus­tralia

will be Green will play on the open­ing day – Sun­day, Jan­uary 3 – against Ger­many (Sabine Lisicki and Alexan­der Zverev) and Lu­cie Sa­farova and Jiri Ve­sely from the Czech Repub­lic re­spec­tively.

The US team of Ser­ena Wil­liams and Jack Sock will play the Ukraine (Elina Svi­tolina and Alexandr Dol­go­polov) on day two when France’s Gael Mon­fils and Caro­line Gar­cia will play Andy Mur­ray and Heather Watson from Great Bri­tain.

The 2016 field of play­ers in­cludes three world top 10 play­ers and six grand slam cham­pi­ons.

Kilderry said Wil­liams was one of the first con­firmed play­ers for 2016.

“We spoke to her at the French Open,” he said.

Wil­liams won the Aus­tralian Open, French Open and Wim­ble­don and reached the semi fi­nals of the US Open fol­low­ing her ap­pear­ance at this year’s Hop­man Cup.

“Perth definitely started some­thing quite amaz­ing so I think it’s only nat­u­ral and fair and rea­son­able that I go back to Perth,” Wil­liams said.

“For me the Hop­man Cup is su­per great prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian Open.

“In 2016 I want to play dou­bles in Aus­tralia so it will be really ex­cit­ing for me to get there, play some dou­bles and get some lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence at the Hop­man Cup.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d431441

Ser­ena Wil­liams is keen to play dou­bles in Aus­tralia next year.

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