Australian Tennis Tournaments Battling Over Star Attractions

Novak Djokovic will play in Perth ahead of the Australian Open.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

World No.2 Novak Djokovic has been announced as the star attraction at December’s Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia.

The Hopman Cup pits nation against one another, based on mixed teams, is competing with the Brisbane International, an ATP 250 event, and has already bagged some big names.

Djokovic will play with Ana Ivanovic, world No.12, the fourth time the former world No.1 has played in Perth and the third time the duo has featured together.

The Western Australian tournament has also lured young Australian star Bernard Tomic who will make his debut at the event and organisers are allegedly talking to world No.5 women’s ranked player Sam Stosur, also an Aussie.

Djokovic, who played Andy Roddick in the second round of the Olympic tournament Tuesday, said the Hopman Cup provides excellent preparation for the January Australian Open.

"I love the atmosphere – you have lots of great players taking part in the tournament," Djokovic said.

"I've reached the finals on two previous occasions so I sincerely hope that now this time, with Ana, we can actually win a trophy."

Tomic, who was so impressive at the 2011 Wimbledon tournament but has had a disappointing 2012, feels similarly.

"I can't wait to play against the top players in the world and get guaranteed three matches of a high standard … something great before the Australian Open," Tomic said.

"I think where Davis Cup has helped me … is playing the doubles and singles a lot in practice and the opportunity to play mixed doubles is something new for me … I can't wait to get on the court and help Australia win."

The tournament will be held at the brand new Perth Arena, which has seemingly been under construction for the past decade.

Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova claimed the title for the Czech Republic in 2011.

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