Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will be making her Hopman Cup debut.
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John Isner won a Hopman Cup title for the U.S. in 2011 with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
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The United States team of John Isner and Venus Williams will kick off its play in the 2013 Hopman Cup on Sunday, Dec. 30. The U.S. is the No. 2 seed and will play in Group B alongside No. 4 Spain, No. 6 South Africa and No. 7 France. Group A features top seed Serbia, No. 3 Italy, No. 5 Germany and No. 8 Australia.
"I've never played the Hopman Cup, so for me it's going to be a wonderful experience," Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam champion who is currently ranked No. 24, told ITFTennis.com. "I’ve watched it literally every year on TV so now I get to play, I'm very excited."
This will be Isner’s third time competing in Hopman Cup. The No. 14 player in the world—and the top-ranked American man—won the Hopman Cup title in 2011 with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and also played in 2010 with Melanie Oudin.
The Hopman Cup, which started in 1989, is an invitational team-based tournament that consists of eight teams, which are made up of one male and one female player. Teams are split into two groups of four, with each team playing the other three teams in their group. The two teams that finish top in their respective group play off in the finals.
Each tie consists of a men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match. All matches are the best of three sets, except for the mixed doubles. If the mixed doubles match is tied at one set all, a match tie-break is played to decide the final set.
Scheduled Teams for the 2013 Hopman Cup:
Australia - Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty
France - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson
Germany - Tommy Haas and Andrea Petkovic
Italy - Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone
Serbia - Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic
South Africa - Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers
Spain - Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues
United States - John Isner and Venus Williams