Hopman Cup 2017
The ITF’s official mixed doubles tournament the Hopman Cup at Perth Arena smashed tennis records for Western Australia.
French tennis stars Richard Gasquet and Kristina Mladenovic claimed the title after defeating Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe of the USA.
103,167 fans saw the 16 players from eight countries while a further 6000 fans attended a free open training session for 18 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer who had returned from injury.
Federer, who went on to win the Australian Open Grand Slam in Melbourne, described Perth Arena as “amazing”.
Three sold out matches each set a new record as the highest attended tennis events in the state’s history, which peaked at 13,917 fans for a single match.
Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett confirmed that the tournament has been secured at the venue for at least the next five years.
"This agreement with the International Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia means the Hopman Cup will be played at Perth Arena through to 2022," Mr Barnett said.
"Congratulations to everyone involved to make the tournament a success," he said.
The Premier said events such as the Hopman Cup were an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow the tourism industry in Western Australia to AU$12 billion by 2020.
Perth Arena general manager Michael Scott congratulated the team on the venue’s fifth staging of the tournament.
“The tournament which started New Year’s Day saw 3,240 tennis balls used, 1,500 towels, 24,764 bottles of water sold and 30,000 serves of hot chips and 16,000 cups of coffee consumed,” Mr Scott said.
“Hopman Cup is a highlight on the Perth Arena’s event calendar. The level of support from Western Australians helps Tennis Australia attract the world’s best like Roger Federer to Perth.
“We’re thrilled that the state government has secured the tournament at Perth Arena for a further five years,” he said.
The following week Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed three sold out shows at the venue in front of over 42,000 fans.