Hopman Cup will be the next tournament that Serena Williams plays and the American champion looks forward to it. The 23-time Grand Slam winner will pair up with her compatriot Frances Tiafoe and on January 1 they will face the Swiss duo made up of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic.
'I always enjoy playing in Western Australia in front of the crowd at Perth Arena', said Serena. 'The Aussie fans are so warm and supportive and the Hopman Cup always gives me a great start to the season, especially ahead of the Australian Open.
I haven’t played with Frances in mixed doubles before, but have watched him from a far this year. He has a very bright future and I’m looking forward to being on court with him, it will be a lot of fun.' Tiafoe said: 'I hear it’s extremely nice… all the top guys play and it’s a very relaxed event but pretty serious at the same time.
Everyone feels right at home to start the year. So I’m pretty excited for it. I’m extremely nervous to play with Serena, a complete legend. But I’m sure it’ll be fine. We’ll have a good time and hopefully get some wins.' Ashleigh Barty, who will compete alongside Matthew Ebden, added: 'I’m really excited to be back at the Hopman Cup.
The fans are amazing and Perth Arena is phenomenal. It’s one of my favourite courts around Australia. The fans are passionate, they love their sport, and I think it’s the perfect preparation leading into the Australian Open.
Mixed [doubles] is always so much fun. I think for the girls it’s a bit of a challenge to play against the guys. For me, I get to play with a little bit more freedom, little bit extra fun, just going out there and trying to do my best against some of the best guys in the world.' ALSO READ: I thought marriage would have made me play bad, says Daniil Medvedev