Hey all, I hope those of you who celebrate it are having a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to what the 2018 tennis season might bring 🙂 . Like last year Roger will be starting his season at the Hopman Cup with Belinda Bencic as his partner.
The schedule is already out so I thought I'd post it here and Benderer will be playing all their matches in the evening slot. Their first match is on December 30th against Japan's Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka, the next on January 2nd against Khachanov and Pavlyuchenkova and the final group match on January 4th against Sock and Vandeweghe. Should they top the group then the final will be played on Saturday January 6th with a 4pm start.
The formula is the exact same as last year: one women's and one men's best of three sets singles matches, plus a FAST4 mixed doubles. The team who tops their respective group qualifies for the final.
|Saturday 30th December||day||10.00 am||Russia v USA|
|Saturday 30th December||evening||5.30 pm||Japan v Switzerland|
|Sunday 31st December||day||10.00 am||Australia v Canada|
|Monday 1st January||evening||5.30 pm||Belgium v Germany|
|Tuesday 2nd January||day||10.00 am||Japan v USA|
|Tuesday 2nd January||evening||5.30 pm||Russia v Switzerland|
|Wednesday 3rd January||day||10.00 am||Canada v Germany|
|Wednesday 3rd January||evening||5.30 pm||Australia v Belgium|
|Thursday 4th January||day||10.00 am||Japan v Russia|
|Thursday 4th January||evening||5.30 pm||Switzerland v USA|
|Friday 5th January||day||10.00 am||Belgium v Canada|
|Friday 5th January||evening||5.30 pm||Australia v Germany|
|Saturday 6th January||evening||4.00 pm||Winner Group A v Winner Group B|
|Group A||Group B|
|Australia: Thanasi Kokkinakis & Daria Gavrilova||Japan: Yuichi Sguita & Naomi Osaka|
|Belgium: David Goffin & Elise Mertens||Russia: Karen Khachanov & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova|
|Canada: Vasek Pospisil & Eugenie Bouchard||Switzerland: Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic|
|Germany: Alexander Zverev & Angelique Kerber||USA: Jack Sock & Coco Vandeweghe|
Can Benderer go one better this year and make it out of the group? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.