Daria Gavrilova to Partner Nick Kyrgios in Hopman Cup

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Hopman Cup Perth Tennis News

Rising tennis star Daria Gavrilova will partner Nick Kyrgios for Australia Green at Hopman Cup 2016.

Gavrilova, the world No.36, completes an all-star field featuring world No.1 Serena Williams, world No.2 Andy Murray, world No.9 Lucie Safarova as well as French superstar Gael Monfils and Australia Gold’s Lleyton Hewitt and Casey Dellacqua.

“I’m very excited to be heading to Perth. It’s the first time I’m going to represent Australia in a team event,” 21-year-old Gavrilova said.

“I’m sure it’s going to be really fun. Nick (Kyrgios) is going to teach me a lot of his tricks I hope. I’ve known him for a long time, we’re pretty good friends, it’s going to be great.

“I really like the diamond trophy, I have my eyes on it,” Gavrilova added.

The former world No.1 junior reached a career high of 35 in October and finished the year having risen more than 195 spots up the world rankings in 2015. She has posted some of the biggest wins of her career, dismissing the likes of Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Safarova this year.

In 2010 Gavrilova won the US Open juniors and is the ninth junior Grand Slam champion to join the Hopman Cup 2016 field.

When asked about teaming up with Gavrilova, Kyrgios said: “I think we’ll go well. I’ve known her [Daria] for a long, long time. We played juniors together.

“I know she’s a great competitor. She makes a lot of balls which is really good.”

Hopman Cup Tournament Director Paul Kilderry is delighted to add Gavrilova to January’s line-up.

“Daria and Nick are both going to be a big part of the future of Australian tennis and we welcome them both to Perth for the first time,” Kilderry said.

“Daria’s rise up the ranks in the last 12 months indicate her incredible talent and determination to be the best she can be on the tennis court.”

In total, eleven top 40 players, including three top ten players, will start the year in Western Australia in pursuit of becoming the 28th Hopman Cup champions.

The field includes six Grand Slam champions across both singles, doubles and mixed events and five Grand Slam singles finalists.

In 2016 Hopman Cup will host three of the past five Australian Open junior boys’ champions.

2016 field (WTA and ATP rankings as of 30 November 2015)

Australia Green – [36] Daria Gavrilova and [30] Nick Kyrgios
Australia Gold  – [115] Casey Dellacqua and [305] Lleyton Hewitt
Czech Republic – [9] Lucie Safarova and [41] Jiri Vesely
France – [34] Caroline Garcia and [24] Gael Monfils
Germany – [32] Sabine Lisicki and [83] Alexander Zverev
Great Britain – [55] Heather Watson and [2] Andy Murray
Germany – [19] Elina Svitolina and [36] Alexandr Dolgopolov
USA – [1] Serena Williams and [26] Jack Sock

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