The Hopman Cup is set to take place for the last time ever in December 2018-January 2019, with the Swiss Roger Federer headlining the field. The event founder Charlie Fancutt believes that Hopman Cup is a 'dead duck' tournament, influenced by the fast four format introduced for the mixed doubles matches. 'With the introduction of the Mickey Mouse, credibility-destroying fast four, the Hopman Cup that Paul and I founded and always dreamt of it being and becoming was already dead.
Given that, and I say this very sadly, Perth is better off with the new ATP event. But there’s no point fighting for a dead duck,' said Fancutt. Paul Mcnamee admitted that Hopman Cup's future is basically marked as well.
The Germans Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber are the other players confirmed so far for the next edition, and more players will be announced in the months to come. The NextGen stars are set to be there, along with some other high-level competitors, who will try to make the last edition ever as the most unforgettable one, for many ways.
About playing Hopman Cup for the third consecutive year, Federer said: 'I’m very excited to be coming to the Hopman Cup again in 2019 and trying to defend my title with Belinda Bencic. We had a wonderful week. I took a quokka selfie.
Western Australia has treated me super well, you, the fans, have been amazing. Perth Arena is a wonderful place to start the new year and it’s obviously the perfect preparation for the Australian Open and it worked so well the last couple of years, I can’t wait to come back.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'My main goal is to win titles, not facing Rafael Nadal'