Jeweller hopes Hopman trophy’s a smash

Former Australian tennis player Alicia Molik and Hopman Cup event director Steve Ayles with the new trophy.
Former Australian tennis player Alicia Molik and Hopman Cup event director Steve Ayles with the new trophy.

The Cottesloe resident said his jewellers had spent 60 hours on the $26,000 trophy that depicted a tennis racquet and ball.

Mr Greene said he was a regular at the 26-year-old event so was keen to take up an invitation to design the new trophies using just under an ounce of 18-carat white, yellow and rose gold.

Each trophy is set with more than 180 diamonds equalling 2.5 carats, including about half a carat of Argyle Pink Diamonds, which have been donated by Rio Tinto.

Winners will also each receive a replica of the trophy in the form of a pendant for the female and pin for the male.

Mr Greene said it would be great if the two Australians ” Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic ” won the first trophies.

Sold Gold Diamonds, which has taken over from Brinkhaus Jewellers in Claremont as the trophy designers, will have a limited edition pendant and pin in 18-carat white or yellow gold available for sale to the public.