Last night players who are participating in Perth’s annual Hopman Cup attended the ‘Peace, Love and Tennis’ ball. Amongst the players arriving, who play for their country, was Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic who were reuniting to play for Serbia.
Lleyton Hewitt who has recently returned to play after suffering from a broken hand also attended the party along with Nicolas Mahut, John Isner and Justine Henin.
“I’m really happy to be back here. Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here and I’m really excited about the possibility of maybe getting further here,” Ivanovic said. It’s tough this year and there’s lots of good players. It’s going to be a great field and great for us to get tough matches, but also for spectators to see some good matches.”
“It’s going to be real interesting playing Justine. It’s tough and we always have tough matches, and she’s the kind of player who challenges you a lot. I enjoy that so I look forward to that match.” – Ana talking about playing Justine Henin.
“He is a joker and is a very nice guy. I’ve known him since before we started playing tennis so we’ve been friends for a very long time. It’s always enjoyable to catch up and here it’s a mixed event and you get the chance to catch up and do some fun things.” – Ana discussing her partnership with Djokovic who was recently part of the Davis Cup win for Serbia.
“I’m very excited about this upcoming year because I think there is a lot of potential to do really well because there is a lot of great players out there, but it has been a little bit up and down and lots of players are battling injuries or not playing that many events. If you can start good and be consistent, you can get really far next year.
I want to get back to top 10 and hopefully win another Slam. That’s basically what I work for. I was really fortunate in my career already to have won a Slam and reached No. 1, but Grand Slams are something you will never forget and I will always choose that over the No. 1 ranking. I know I have potential to win some more and one would be a good start to next year.”
The groups, as per the Hopman Cup website are as follows:
1) SERBIA – Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic
3) BELGIUM – Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans
AUSTRALIA – Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt
KAZAKHSTAN – Yaroslava Shvedova and Andrey Golubev
2) GREAT BRITAIN – Laura Robson and Andy Murray
4) ITALY – Francesca Schiavone and Potito Starace
FRANCE – Kristina Mladenovic and Nicholas Mahut
USA – Bethanie Mattek-Sands and John Isner