The Hopman Cup makes a comeback!
By Caroline Sempé
Le joueur espagnol Carlos Alcaraz.© 2022 Quality Sport Images. All rights reserved.
Reflecting its love of sport, Nice is gearing up to host the legendary Hopman Cup from 19 to 23 July, when some big names in tennis will be in the South of France.
It’s a first! After thrilling Australia from 1989 to 2019, and welcoming such legends of the game as Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, the mixed-gender team competition has bounced out of Perth and landed on the courts of the Nice Lawn Tennis Club.
The key strength of this tournament – which is a fairly unique event on the tennis circuit – is that each team consists of one female player and one male player, who compete in a women’s singles,
a men’s singles and a mixed doubles match. Tennium, the company organising the event, is certainly thinking big. Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest ever world number one, will represent Spain alongside his fellow countrywoman Paula Badosa. They will share the bill with another rising tennis star, the young Dane Holger Rune, currently ranked no. 6 in the world, who will team up with Clara Tauson. The French team will include Alizé Cornet, who will be battling it out on the clay courts of her childhood club with Richard Gasquet. “It will be an emotional experience in July,” she says. “My whole family and, of course, the spectators in Nice will be right behind me. Richard and I have never played together, but we know each other very well. We’ll be able to really communicate with each other and give it our best shot.” A total of six teams will be in action, with Belgium, Switzerland and Croatia completing the line-up. Tennis fans will be in their element in the Fan Zone, featuring kids’ activities, concerts and autograph sessions. There will also be a VIP village where guests can enjoy gastronomic delights created by Michelin-starred chef David Faure, as well as delicious food and wine pairings. The Hopman Cup is expected to welcome 20,000 spectators over five days and looks set to keep the Côte d’Azur buzzing for even longer, as Nice will stage this prestigious event for the next five years.