The eight-team Hopman Cup playing field will be slightly altered in its upcoming, 2016 edition to be held from the 3rd to 9th January. Though the team numbers aren’t going to be changed, hosts Australia will however have an advantage over the other teams, putting up two teams instead of one.
The two Australian teams will be called ‘Australia Gold’ and ‘Australia Green.’ US Open finalist Casey Dellacqua and Lleyton Hewitt will be representing the former, while the players to represent the latter team are yet to be announced.
Hewitt, who’s set to retire after the Australian Open next year, will be playing his last Hopman Cup and will hope to get a good result at the tournament. Great Britain, Ukraine, United States of America, France, Germany and Czech Republic are the other six nations which have confirmed their participation in the event.
World no. 3 Andy Murray has also confirmed his participation in the event and will partner Heather Watson. Poland won the event this year, with Jerzy Janowicz and Agnieszka Radwanska leading the team to victory. The hosts meanwhile last won the event in 1999, with the partnership of Jelena Dokic and Mark Philippoussis bearing success at the turn of the century.
Australia double-represented certainly slides Hopman Cup further down scale toward purely being an exhibition, despite its ITF sanction. — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 16, 2015