Petition to help save the Hopman Cup

Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win the 2019 Hopman Cup Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d489817
Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic win the 2019 Hopman Cup Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489817

A PERTH woman has started a change.org petition to help save the Hopman Cup, which is facing the axe after 30 years.

The event, which is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, but not the ATP or WTA, has been running since 1989.

But the Hopman Cup appears set to be axed from the calendar, with the ATP launching a new World Team Cup next year, which could see some matches played in Perth.

Serena Williams described the possible axing of the event as “heartbreaking”.

Perth woman Gillian Hackwill has now launched a petition to save the event, which was won by Switzerland’s star powered team of Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic on Saturday night.

The Hopman Cup is a completely unique competition which brings some of the world’s best tennis players to Perth for a week of high quality tennis in a fun environment,” Ms Hackwill wrote.

“If the Hopman Cup does not continue Perth will not only lose an incredibly historic event, but will also miss out on hosting some of the world’s best female players as the proposed ATP tournament would be solely a men’s competition.

“Perth tennis fans are calling on Tennis Australia, the ITF, the ATP, the WTA, and the Government of Western Australia to ensure that the Hopman Cup is allowed to continue next summer and beyond.

“There is no tournament in the world quite like the Hopman Cup, and tennis would be worse off for losing it.”

To sign the petition visit change.org.