Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Serena Williams joins Roger Federer in world-class Mastercard Hopman Cup line-up

    3/10/2018 9:35 AM
    • Serena Williams confirmed for 2019 Mastercard Hopman Cup
    • State Government, through Tourism WA, a founding sponsor
    • Event to run from December 29, 2018 to January 5, 2019 

    Tennis royalty Serena Williams will face current world No.2 Roger Federer in the 2019 Mastercard Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament, as part of one of the strongest line-ups in the event's 31-year history.


    The 23-time Grand Slam winner will represent the United States of America and will pair with rising star Frances Tiafoe.


    Current world No.2 Roger Federer, who holds 20 Grand Slam titles, will again partner with Belinda Bencic to defend Team Switzerland's 2018 title.


    2018 runners-up, comprising of talented current world No.3 Angelique Kerber and world No.5 Alexander Zverev for Team Germany will return as part of the elite field.


    Australia's highest ranked tennis player, Ashleigh Barty will also take to the court with teammate and world No.48 Matthew Ebden. 


    Barty is currently ranked world No.19 in singles and world No.7 in doubles.


    The Mastercard Hopman Cup will be held at RAC Arena from December 29, 2018 to January 5, 2019.


    Selected single session tickets and ticket packages are available to purchase from Ticketek.


    Night session tickets will go on sale to the general public from 9am on Friday, October 5.


    New in 2019, children will be able to attend all day sessions for free. Tickets can be collected on the given event day at the RAC Arena box office.


    For further details, including ticketing information, visit https://hopmancup.com 


    The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has been a proud founding sponsor of the Hopman Cup since its inception in 1989.


    The full player line-up for 2019 is as follows:


    Australia - Matthew Ebden and Ashleigh Barty

    United States of America - Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams

    Switzerland - Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic

    Germany - Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber

    Spain - David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza

    France - Lucas Pouille and Alize Cornet

    Greece - Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari

    United Kingdom - Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "What better reason for interstate and overseas tennis fans to travel to WA than the unique opportunity to see Serena Williams and partner Frances Tiafoe represent the United States and take on Swiss team Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic for the first time.


    "With Williams and Federer considered to be two of the greatest tennis players of all time, this highly anticipated match will attract worldwide attention and promote Perth and our State on the global stage. 


    "World-class events such as the Mastercard Hopman Cup play a vital role in driving visitation and changing perceptions of Perth, which is part of the State Government's Two-Year Action Plan to grow the number of visitors to WA.


    "These popular events also provide a significant boost to the economy, with last year's Mastercard Hopman Cup attracting a record-breaking crowd of more than 106,000 people and generating $4 million of visitor expenditure from out-of-State visitors.


    "And with children now able to attend the day sessions for free, I'm sure last year's attendance record will be smashed again.


    "I congratulate the Hopman Cup team for putting together a great field and I look forward to the competition starting."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600