Japan at the Hopman Cup

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Japan
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First year 1989
Years played5
Best finishRound One (1989, 1992, 1993)
Most total wins Kimiko Date (2–2)
Ai Sugiyama (2–3)
Takao Suzuki (2–2)
Most singles winsKimiko Date (2–0)
Most doubles winsAi Sugiyama (1–1)
Takao Suzuki (1–1)
Best doubles teamAi Sugiyama & Takao Suzuki (1–1)
Most years playedKimiko Date (2)
Ai Sugiyama (2)
Takao Suzuki (2)
Yasufumi Yamamoto (2)

Japan is a nation that has competed at the Hopman Cup tournament on five occasions, the first being at the inaugural annual staging in 1989. Before the introduction of the round robin competition format in 1996, Japan never passed the first round and since its introduction, the nation has never passed the qualification stage of the tournament. [1]

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Japan also participated in the first two stagings of the now defunct Asian Hopman Cup, a qualifying tournament which ran from 2006 until 2009 and granted the winners entry into the Hopman Cup the following year. In both 2006 and 2007, Japan failed to progress past the round robin stage of the event, thus failing to gain entry into the main tournament in Australia. [2] [3]

Players

This is a list of players who have played for Japan in the Hopman Cup.

NameTotal W-LSingles W-LDoubles W-LFirst year playedNo. of years played
Kimiko Date 2–22–00–2 1992 2
Shuzo Matsuoka 1–11–00–1 1989 1
Naomi Osaka 1–31–10–2 2018 1
Yūichi Sugita 1–41–20–2 2018 1
Ai Sugiyama 2–31–21–1 2000 2
Takao Suzuki 2–21–11–1 2000 2
Yasufumi Yamamoto 0–40–20–2 1992 2
Masako Yanagi 0–20–10–1 1989 1

Results

YearCompetitionLocationOpponentScoreResult
1989 Round One Burswood Dome, Perth Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 1–2Lost
1992 Round OneBurswood Dome, Perth Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia 1–2Lost
1993 Round OneBurswood Dome, PerthFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1–2Lost
2000 1Qualification Play-OffBurswood Dome, PerthFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1–2Lost
Round RobinBurswood Dome, PerthFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3–0Won
2001 Qualification Play-OffBurswood Dome, PerthFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1–2Lost
2018 Round Robin Perth Arena, PerthFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0–3Lost
Round RobinPerth Arena, PerthFlag of the United States.svg  United States 1–2Lost
Round RobinPerth Arena, PerthFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 1–2Lost

1 Despite losing the qualification play-off in 2000, the Japanese team replaced the injured Belgium team for the tie against Australia. In this tie, Australian opponent Mark Philippoussis was unable to play either of his matches, thus defaulting two points to Japan. [1]

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