Thankfully, the Hopman Cup begins on December 28, 2013.
The Hopman Cup used to have the best trophy in all of tennis, doling out diamond encrusted gold/silver tennis balls to the winning teams.
In 2014, the tournament will be debuting a new trophy created by Solid Gold Diamonds. The trophy contains just under an ounce of 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold and is set with over 180 sparkling diamonds including half a carat of West Australia's world-renowned Argyle Pink Diamonds. Read more about the new design, here.
2014 Hopman Cup Superlatives:
Most likely to get cited for a PDA Violation:
Team Czech Republic - Radek Stepanek & Petra Kvitova
Team France - Jo-Willy Tsonga & Alize Cornet
Team USA - Sloane Stephens & John Isner
Team Italy - Flavia Pennetta & Andreas Seppi
Also in the running for the Aged like a Fine Wine category.
Winningest team players
Team Spain - Tommy Robredo & Anabel Medina Garrigues
Tommy has 2 Hopman Cup Titles - 2002 (w/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario) and 2010 (w/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez)
Anabel is the reigning Hopman Cup Titlist - 2013 (w/Fernando Verdasco)
Runners-up: Team Czech Republic - Petra in 2012 (w/Tomas Berdych) and Team USA - John Isner in 2011 (w/Bethanie Mattek-Sands)
Most likely to win a major in 2015:
(and runners-up to in the most attractive category)
Team Canada - Eugenie Bouchard & Milos Raonic
Most likely to be on the receiving end of a bagel:
Team Poland - Aga Radwanska &
Updated - Most likely to win the Hopman Cup:
Team Czech Republic - Assuming on-court PDA is kept to a minimum
Most likely to have a disappointing Australian Open 2014 campaign:
Team Australia - Sam Stosur & Bernard Tomic