PERTH, Australia (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Olympic gold medalist Jack Sock are the latest players confirmed to compete at the Hopman Cup in January, one of the key warm-up events for the Australian Open.
They’ll join Roger Federer, who earlier this summer announced he would play in the exhibition event for the first time in 15 years.
Kvitova, who helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the 2012 Hopman Cup, will partner with Adam Pavlasek for the Czech team, while Sock will represent the United States alongside Coco Vandeweghe, making her debut in the mixed-team event.
The Czech and American teams were announced Monday, along with the other teams to take part in the 2017 event: Australia, Britain, France, Spain and Germany. The players for those teams have yet to be decided.
Federer, who decided to sit out the rest of this season following his loss in the Wimbledon semifinals to protect his surgically repaired left knee, will play for Switzerland with partner Belinda Bencic. He teamed with Martina Hingis to win the event in 2001, then played the following year with his now-wife Mirka Federer.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova are the defending champions, beating Ukraine in the final in January.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Jeremy Chardy needed five match points to beat fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire and reach the second round of the Hamburg European Open on Monday.
Chardy finally converted match point to win 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-3 against Paire, who at 28th in the world is ranked 49 places higher. The fifth-seeded Paire struggled on serve in the deciding set, racking up six double faults and only one ace.
Chardy next plays either fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet or Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.
Eighth-seeded Christian Garin had reached the final in three of his last seven clay-court tournaments but was beaten 6-4, 7-6 (5) by Andrey Rublev.
Marton Fucsovics defeated German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0, and Martin Klizan dismissed wild card Daniel Altmaier 6-2, 6-2.
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Peter McNamara, an Australian tennis player who won three Grand Slam doubles titles and reached a highest singles ranking of No. 7, has died. He was 64.
His death at his home in Germany from prostate cancer was confirmed by David Law, a family friend and tennis commentator, on behalf of McNamara’s wife Petra.
McNamara formed a successful partnership with compatriot Paul McNamee to win the Wimbledon doubles title in 1980 and 1982 and the Australian Open title in 1979.
The right-hander also won five singles titles, reaching the Australian Open singles semifinals in 1980, the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1981 and the last eight at the 1982 French Open.
After his retirement in 1987 McNamara became a successful coach, working with Mark Philippoussis, Grigor Dimitrov and more recently rising women’s star Wang Qiang of China.