Roger Federer to return to Perth for 2018 Hopman Cup

Roger Federer to return to Perth for 2018 Hopman Cup
Roger Federer to return to Perth for 2018 Hopman Cup
Roger Federer to return to Perth for 2018 Hopman Cup

PREMIER Mark McGowan plans to bring Roger Federer and his family to Rockingham when they are in town later this year.

Mr McGowan said he would invite the tennis star to Rockingham to swim with the dolphins and visit the Rockingham shopping centre.

The Rockingham MLA joined Hopman Cup Tournament director Paul Kilderry at Kings Park on Tuesday to announce the 2017 Australian Open winner and world number 5 would return to Perth for the 30th Hopman Cup.

Federer will again pair up with Swiss compatriot and former world number 7 Belinda Bencic, who is recovering from wrist surgery.

In a video played at the announcement, Federer attributed his Australian Open success to his enjoyable preparation at the 2017 Hopman Cup.

“Me and my family had the best time,” he said.

“It was the perfect preparation because I was in a good mindset and I felt so welcome.

“Belinda played better than I did and she lifted my game. We’ll come back again and try to win it.”

Mr Kilderry said he was excited about Federer and Bencic returning to start their 2018 season in Perth |because the energy and |atmosphere of this year’s tournament “was unbelievable”.

“The opportunity to see Roger, one of the greatest players of all time, back in Perth is unprecedented,” he said.

Hopman Cup 2018 is from December 30 to January 6.