There was much shock that there were going to be an unprecedented two Australian teams at this year’s Hopman Cup. With that though, comes more of a chance of nationalism coming out. The teams have been confirmed for one of the two teams with the other team missing a female. The Australian Gold team is comprised of soon-to-be retired Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua. Australia Green is made up of Nick Kyrgios with his female partner still yet to be named.
Hewitt And Dellacqua’s Partnership
The team of Hewitt and Dellacqua have only teamed up once before back in 2009. In their first tie against Germany, they were defeated by a score of 1-2. All three rubbers went to a deciding set or tiebreaker, but the hometown favorites were only able to pick up a win via Hewitt who came from behind against Nicolas Kiefer. The Australians once again only picked up a single win against Slovakia, and it came from Hewitt who defeated Dominik Hrbaty. In their final rubber against the United States, Hewitt was defeated by James Blake, but it was Dellacqua who picked up the win in singles over Meghann Shaughnessy.
This upcoming Hopman Cup, Hewitt’s last, will be his eighth time representing Australia. His best showing was in 2003 where the team finished runner-up to the United States. Dellacqua will be representing the Australians for a third time and for a second straight year.
Nick Kyrgios’ Partner?
With Dellacqua already partnered with Hewitt and Sam Stosur to start her year in Brisbane, the options are limited for who could work with Kyrgios. Jarmila Gajdosova is currently the highest-ranked female from Australia that could play for Australia Green. At 102, Gajdosova is Australia’s number two female behind Stosur. Sisters Anastasia or Arina Rodionova could potentially be partnered with Kyrgios as well.