Perth - Two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza will
team with veteran David Ferrer in a strong Spanish pairing at the Hopman Cup
mixed teams tennis tournament in Perth from December 29.
Ninth-ranked Muguruza and former World No 3 Ferrer are among
players making their debuts at the tournament, a major lead-up event for the
first grand slam of the season, the Australian Open.
Rising Greece star Stefanos Tsitsipas, ranked 15, will also
make his Hopman Cup debut alongside 31-ranked Maria Sakkari. Playing at the
Canadian Open last week Tsitsipas, 21, became the youngest player in the
history of the ATP Tour to beat four top-10 players in consecutive matches at
"I'm super excited to be playing in Perth and, together
with Maria, being the first Greek team playing in Perth for many years,"
Tsitsipas said. "I've worked so hard for it and being part of this event
is so important for me."
Muguruza and Ferrer will attempt to give Spain its fifth
Hopman Cup win.
"I'm looking forward to Perth and to play there. I've
heard so many things about Hopman Cup, chatting about it to other Spanish
people that went, and they say it's magic," Muguruza said.
Defending champion Switzerland will again be represented by
20-time grand slam singles champion Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic while
Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber, both ranked four in the world, are
returning for 2018 runner-up Germany.