Hopman Cup: Nole and Ana for Serbia in 2011!

World no.2 Novak Djokovic will partner world no.60 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in Serbia’s team at the 23rd edition of Perth’s Hopman Cup. The eight-nation event will be held in January 1-8, 2011.

“I’m looking forward to going back to the Hopman Cup,” said Djokovic. “For me it was a good preparation for the Australian Open.”

The pair represented Serbia & Montenegro in 2006, when the two rising talents finished second in their group.

The 2008 Australian Open champion also teamed up with Jelena Jankovic in 2008, when the pair were runners-up to the USA.

Alongside Djokovic and Ivanovic, four more teams confirmed their participation.

John Isner and Bethanie Mattek-Sands will represent USA, Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans will play for Belgium, Nicolas Mahut will be partnered by 2009 junior world no.1 Kristina Mladenovic, while Lleyton Hewitt’s playing partner for Australian team will be Alicia Molik.

The complete line up for the 23rd Hopman Cup should be revealed in October.

The eight competing teams are separated into two groups of four (with two teams being seeded) and face-off against each of the other three teams in their group in a round-robin format. These seedings ensure that each group has approximately similar strength. The top team in each group then meet in a final to decide the champions.

Each match-up between two teams at the championships consists of one women’s singles match, one men’s singles match and one mixed doubles match.

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