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Isner and Venus Williams Will Play at Hopman - Thursday, September 20, 2012

Isner and Venus Williams Will Play at Hopman

December 29, 2012the Hopman Cup will be held in Perth, Australia under the retractable roof of the newly built downtown Perth Arena. The tournament will feature Americans Venus Williams and John Isner to begin their 2013 seasons. This tournament is an International Tennis Federation-sanctioned mix competition, which is a unique format on the tennis calendar.

The United States has participated in all the tournaments from 1989 except for one, making their attendance second to only the host nation, Australia. There are six titles that have been won by Americans, making their wins the most of any nation. The only other team that is confirmed as of now is Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

Williams, who is ranked No. 40 has never previouslycompeted in a Hopman Cup after having to withdraw due to a left injury and was replaced by Ashley Harkleroad.

"I've never been to Perth, I've never played the Hopman Cup, so for me to come the first time, it's going to be a wonderful experience for me because Iíve watched it literally every year on TV," Williams said in a video interview posted on the tournament website.

"All the players love the opportunity to play a lot of matches, singles and doubles," Williams said. "Because I play both of those, that's important for me. And if you play a regular tournament and you're not really on your game then you lose the first match and you've got nothing left. SO, for me, it's a wonderful opportunity. I want to play matches, and hopefully can win."

Isner, has competed in Perth twice previously and is ranked as No. 10 is currently the only American man in the top 20.

The duo wants to help restore the United States to its previous heights after a year which saw the defending champion Americans fall far from the podium. Mattek-Sands paired with Mardy Fish lost all three of their matches against Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. This defeat was only the second time the United States has failed to beat a single country in the 17 years since the current round-robin format was introduced.


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