Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Updated: Hopman Cup 2014 Superlatives

This tennis off-season has been interminable. It seems like its been a 4 whole weeks since the ladies wrapped up in Istanbul and men said adios from London. 

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

Hopman Trophy

2014 Hopman Cup Superlatives

Most likely to get cited for a PDA Violation
Team Czech Republic - Radek Stepanek & Petra Kvitova



Most attractive
Team France - Jo-Willy Tsonga & Alize Cornet



Best personality: 
Team USA - Sloane Stephens & John Isner



Most stylish: 
Team Italy - Flavia Pennetta & Andreas Seppi
Also in the running for the Aged like a Fine Wine category. 



Winningest team players Most difficult to come up with a superlative:  
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 win the Hopman Cup (Updated due to Jerzy's withdrawal) : 
Most likely to be on the receiving end of a bagel:
Team Poland - Aga Radwanska & Jerzy Janowicz no. 287 Grzegorz Panfil (Jerzy withdrew from the tournament on December 17, 2013 citing a foot injury.




















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

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