Star-studded Hopman Cup line-up strongest yet

Launching the 2014 event at Crown Perth last week, Mr Ayles said three former Hopman Cup champions were returning to Perth for the December 28-January 4 event and nine players were in the top 20.

A Kids Tennis Day where children aged 16 and under get free entry with a paying adult will kick-start the tournament on December 28 and feature SpongeBob SquarePants and player autograph signing.

There will be airconditioned areas outside Perth Arena with TV screens and a schedule of players hitting on the practice court will also be released.

Australia is in Group A with the top-seeded Poland, Canada and Italy and Group B consists of the US, France, Czech Republic and Spain.

Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic will represent Australia, while Tommy Robredo and Anabel Medina Garrigues will play for defending champions Spain.

Former player Alicia Molik said a guaranteed three singles games had attracted Stosur to Perth.

Molik said Australia had a good chance of making the final.

Acting Tourism Minister John Day said it would be one of the strongest and most evenly balanced fields in the event’s history.

‘A record-breaking 104,000 spectators attended the Hopman Cup in 2013 and the quality of the 2014 field is likely to give that mark a real nudge,’ Mr Day said.