It has been announced that Poland is the top-seeded team in the 2014 edition of Hopman Cup. The country will be represented by Agnieszka Radwańska, who is ranked fourth in the WTA standings, and this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz. The 2014 edition will mark the first time ever a Polish team has competed in the tournament.
The competition, also known as the World Mixed Team Championships, is the only mixed major tennis tournament. Each finalist sends a team with one male and one female player to represent their country.
Poland’s team took over the top seeded spot, after the runners-up in the 2013 edition, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, withdrew from the tournament. The defending champions, Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues and Tommy Robredo (who replaces last year’s participant Fernando Verdasco) are the lowest-seeded team going into the 2014 event.
Each year, Hopman Cup organizers invite eight teams to compete in a week-long tournament in Perth, Australia. The other teams that will compete in the upcoming tournament are Italy, the Czech Republic, the US, Australia, France and Canada.
This edition of the competition is somewhat lackluster when it comes to star power. Ms Radwańska is the top-seeded female participant, and the only one besides the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova currently in the top 10 of the WTA rankings. The only male participant currently in the top 10 of the ATP standings is France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is ranked ninth.
The Hopman Cup begins on December 29, 2013 with the final to be held on January 4, 2014.
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