Belinda Bencic 'sad' for not starting 2020 with Roger Federer at Hopman Cup

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Belinda Bencic 'sad' for not starting 2020 with Roger Federer at Hopman Cup

Hopman Cup could return on the calendar in 2021, but it will probably have a different format and calendar position than when it was played in Perth, Australia, until early this year. Belinda Bencic paired up with Roger Federer for three consecutive years and she feels sad for not having this opportunity again.

"That's really a shame for me," said Bencic. "The first week of the season in Australia was the best one for me. And I was naturally envyed by all the other players as I was able to compete there with Roger.

I always replied, I was just born in the correct country," she joked. Asked if she learned a lot from playing with Federer, Bencic replied: "For sure. It has no price. If I noticed something, it's his cool, relax playing world class tennis.

It's a shame that a team competition like that ended. I like playing in a team. I hope there will be a WTA Cup where we can compete for Switzerland." On the 15-year-old American Cori Gauff not being able to play the amount of tournaments any WTA player can, Bencic added: "I see Coco as a very strong personality.

She will definitely be a strength in women's tennis. I think it's not right to ignore a rule. Because if you are not playing too many tournaments, you are much less under pressure as you have to show something in those tournaments.

When you play more often, it's much more relaxed. That's how I see it." On what her expectations were heading into this season, Bencic concluded: "We had set the top 30 with my team as a goal. After the Dubai title I was already No.

23 so we wanted to keep improving. I was also free, playing with no stress. The hard work paid off."