Tennis superstars Carlos Alcaraz, Nick Kyrgios and Emma Raducanu on the cards for Perth’s revamped tennis event
Perth are in the box to attract the hottest new talent in world tennis as they prepare for the Australian Open in a revamped event at the height of the summer sporting season.
A Hopman Cup-style team event is set to be held in three cities and will mean the demise of the short-lived men’s ATP Cup after just three editions.
Perth are believed to be the favorites to host the top-ranked team, probably Spain, which currently has the two best male players in the world – teenage sensation and US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz and 22-time major winner Rafael Nadal .
Tennis Australia is expected to confirm the long-talked-about event in the coming days.
The tournament, called the United Cup, is set to start around December 29, competing with the Perth Scorchers’ Big Bash League season and the Perth Wildcats’ NBL campaign for the summer rankings.
A reported return to a mixed tournament would be reminiscent of the hugely popular Hopman Cup, which has been held between Burswood and the RAC arena for three decades.
But the event could become even more appealing to the world’s biggest stars than the sometimes lightweight Hopman Cup, with the introduction of ranking points.
At least 16 nations should enter teams.
This exciting development raises the possibility for fans to see US Open quarter-finalists Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanovic teaming up for Australia and Emma Raducanu potentially partnering Andy Murray for Great Britain.
Other possible dream teams could include Greek pair Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, Frances Tiafoe and Coco Gauff for the United States and Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza for Spain.
The Hopman Cup saw tennis titans Roger Federer and Serena Williams face off on the match court for the first and only time in their careers when the tournament was last held nearly four years ago.
Since then, the only opportunity for ATP and WTA players to team up has come at the Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympic Games in mixed doubles.