Melbourne - Roger Federer says he plans to keep the Hopman
Cup on his playing schedule leading into the season-opening Australian Open
Grand Slam as it suits his children best.
The Swiss star, who teamed with Belinda Bencic to win the
mixed teams event in Perth over the New Year, says he expects to return for the
"I've done all sorts of preparations (for the
Australian Open)," 19-time Grand Slam winner Federer told reporters after
his second-round win late on Thursday.
"I did preparations with (Australian great) Tony Roche
in Sydney, went back to Doha, then came back for Melbourne. That worked. This
time I've done Perth now twice.
"I feel like having kids, later on in my career it
feels like Hopman Cup is a really good option for me."
Part of the attraction was that it was smaller, more
intimate tournament, and a shorter flight from his winter base in Dubai.
"I love that there is not 450 players like here (in
Melbourne) basically. There's only maybe 20 players, which is great," he
"Wonderful centre court. Great crowds. And it is a
jetlag that's simpler coming from Dubai. It's only four hours. I didn't have
"I always think of the kids first. For us, it worked
very well this year again, like last year. Plus I won, so seems to be working
Federer has two sets of young twins with wife Mirka.
He was unbeaten in his four singles matches at the Hopman
Cup this year where Switzerland beat Germany in the final.