British fans will have the chance to see their best male and female player team up next year, as Andy Murray and Heather Watson will be representing Great Britain at the Hopman Cup in Perth.
The tournament will take place in January 2015, and matches consist of one men’s singles match, one women’s singles match and one mixed doubles match.
Teams face each other in a round robin system, with the two group winners progressing to the final.
Murray has previously competed in the tournament on two occasions with Laura Robson, and the pair reached the final in 2010, where they were beaten by Spanish pair Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, before being knocked out at the group stage in 2011, losing all three matches.
Playing in the hard court tournament could prove to be a good omen for Murray, as he went on to reach the final of the Australian Open after both of his previous appearances.
The 27-year-old is excited about representing his country at the beginning of next season.
The world number nine said to hopmancup.com: “I find it very good preparation for the Australian Open. The organisers look after everyone extremely well there.
“You get at least three single matches, you get the mixed doubles as well, which is good fun, it sharpens up the net game. Now that it's outdoors too, it's absolutely perfect, so I'm looking forward to it.”
Watson has recently improved her ranking to 46th, and she will be making her Hopman Cup debut, in what will be the first time she has played alongside the two-time Grand Slam winner.
She said: “This will be the first time Andy and I will have played mixed doubles so I hope we can do our best to win the Hopman Cup. That would be brilliant.”
Murray will be looking to keep up a strong record of representing Great Britain in mixed doubles, as he won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic games, once again alongside Robson, as they reached the final at the courts of Wimbledon before losing to the Belarusian pairing of Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka.
Both players have experience in playing for Great Britain in team competitions, as Murray has played in the Davis Cup since 2005, with his last match ending in defeat to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in April, while Watson has played 20 matches for the British Fed Cup team.
Murray’s greatest success while playing for Great Britain came at London 2012, where he also won the gold medal in the men’s singles after defeating Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the final in straight sets, just under a month after Federer had beaten him in the Wimbledon final.
The Dunblane-born player is currently in Cincinnati, where he is taking part in the Cincinnati Masters, and he is looking to win his first singles title since winning Wimbledon in 2013.
In contrast, Watson has seen her world ranking rise by 75 positions from 121st to 46th in 2014, and she will be looking to build on an impressive run to the last 16 in Montreal last week.
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