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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 17 July 2018

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev to begin 2019 season with Hopman Cup return

Federer will partner Swiss player Belinda Bencic, while Zverev will step on court with Angelique Kerber

Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup this year before launching a successful title defence at the Australian Open. Getty
Roger Federer won the Hopman Cup this year before launching a successful title defence at the Australian Open. Getty

Roger Federer will kick off his 2019 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, a tournament he won last year before clinching his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open.

The Swiss player will again partner Belinda Bencic at the mixed-teams event in Perth.

"Perth Arena is a wonderful place to start the new year and it's obviously the perfect preparation for the Australian Open and it worked so well the last couple of years, I can't wait to come back," Federer said on Tuesday.

Also returning next year are the German pairing of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber, the beaten finalists in 2018.

"I always like coming back to Perth for the Hopman Cup. It's my fourth year in a row playing and I always enjoy it," said Zverev, who has solidified his position in the world's top five this year.

The tournament runs from December 29 to January 5.

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