Perth - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and
Olympic gold medallist Jack Sock are the latest players confirmed to compete at
the Hopman Cup in January, one of the key warm-up events for the Australian
They'll join Roger Federer, who earlier this summer
announced he would play in the exhibition event for the first time in 15 years.
Kvitova, who helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in
the 2012 Hopman Cup, will partner with Adam Pavlasek for the Czech team, while
Sock will represent the United States alongside Coco Vandeweghe, making her
debut in the mixed-team event.
The Czech and American teams were announced Monday, along
with the other teams to take part in the 2017 event: Australia, Britain,
France, Spain and Germany. The players for those teams have yet to be decided.
Federer, who decided to sit out the rest of this season
following his loss in the Wimbledon semi-finals to protect his surgically
repaired left knee, will play for Switzerland with partner Belinda Bencic. He
teamed with Martina Hingis to win the event in 2001, then played the following
year with his now-wife Mirka Federer.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova are the
defending champions, beating Ukraine in the final in January.