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Wimbledon champion Bartoli to partner Tsonga in Hopman Cup

Newly-crowned Wimbledon champion will open 2014 season in international mixed-doubles tournament in Perth.

Marion Bartoli is all set to make her second appearance in the Hopman Cup. Glyn Kirk / AFP
Marion Bartoli is all set to make her second appearance in the Hopman Cup. Glyn Kirk / AFP

PERTH, Australia // Marion Bartoli, the newly-crowned Wimbledon champion, will team with the popular Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for France to open their 2014 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Bartoli blitzed the field at the All England Club to win her first grand slam title and will be making her second appearance at the mixed team tournament from December 28-January 4.

"It's great to play with Jo, obviously. He's an awesome player," said Bartoli, ranked No 7 in the world. "We have known each other for so many years. I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun."

Tsonga, the world No 8 and a four-time grand slam semi-finalist, said he favoured Perth to start his season as it was similar to the courts at the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year.

"It's the best preparation because it's the same court as the Australian Open. It's always really hot there," he said.

France is the first of the eight teams to be announced.

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