ITF Press Release, March 28, 2019
The International Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia have confirmed an agreement for Tennis Australia to end the licensing agreement for the Hopman Cup, with immediate effect.
The highly successful and long-standing mixed men’s and women’s tournament was due to take place in Perth through to 31 January 2022.
The ITF strongly believes in the importance of combined men and women’s events in the international tennis calendar and is committed to continuing to stage the Hopman Cup. The ITF has begun the search for a new tournament partner and received interest from cities around the world, following the Hopman Cup’s success over the past three decades with men and women players, sponsors, broadcasters and tennis fans.
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David Haggerty, ITF President said, “We would like to thank Tennis Australia and the Western Australian government for their involvement in staging an outstanding event over the past 30 years. The event would also not be what it is today without the longstanding support of Lucy Hopman and Paul McNamee. The ITF is committed to upholding the core values of the Hopman Cup in the future and are encouraged by the interest that has already been expressed. We are in discussions with potential partners to decide where and when this tournament will be next hosted. We will keep the Hopman Cup alive and look forward to successful future editions of this unique event.”
Kris Dent, Senior Executive Director, Professional Tennis, added, “The ITF will engage with players and other stakeholders about evolving the Hopman Cup in line with the spirit of reform and innovation at the ITF. It is important that international mixed-gender events like the Hopman Cup that attracts fans in person and broadcast around the world are protected.”
The International Tennis Federation oversees and invests in developing tennis at all levels, from grassroots to elite international competition, and for players of every level of ability. The ITF’s fundamental mission is to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, delivering tennis for future generations in association with its 210 member nations.