Stars line up for Perth tournament

Alicia Molik gets ready for the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena.
Alicia Molik gets ready for the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena.

Instead, Molik predicted an Italy versus Great Britain final when she spoke at the recent team announcements at Perth Arena.

The Cottesloe Tennis Club member said at age 32, Italy’s Flavia Pennetta was one of the oldest players on the field and with boyfriend ” world No. 18 Fabio Fognini ” should make the final.

Molik also rated Great Britain ” with this year’s Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and world No. 47 Heather Watson ” as finals contenders.

Dellacqua and Kyrgios, who last month played in the Davis Cup at Cottesloe Tennis Club, will face France (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Alize Cornet), Poland (Jerzy Janowicz and Agnieszka Radwanska) and Great Britain in Group B.

Tournament director Paul Kilderry said American superstar Serena Williams, who was forced to pull out of the 2013 Hopman Cup because of injury, was one of the first players to sign on for the 2015 event.

‘She transcends tennis, it’s really exciting,’ he said.

The Hopman Cup will be held at the Perth Arena from January 4 to 10.