Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev sign up for the Hopman Cup again

Roger Federer will once again start his new season Down Under after confirming he will compete in the 2019 Hopman Cup.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner will again partner Belinda Bencic as Switzerland look to defend their title.

“I’m very excited to be coming to the Hopman Cup again in 2019 and trying to defend my title with Belinda Bencic,” Federer said.

“We had a wonderful week. I took a quokka selfie. Western Australia has treated me super well, you, the fans, have been amazing.

“Perth Arena is a wonderful place to start the new year and it’s obviously the perfect preparation for the Australian Open and it worked so well the last couple of years, I can’t wait to come back.”

The 2018 runners-up Germany will also return with two time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev again representing the European country.

“I’m really excited to come back to the Hopman Cup in Perth,” Keber said.

“I had my first surfing lesson there… and I’m looking forward to doing it all again, I’m looking forward to playing with Sascha again.”

Zverev added: “I always like coming back to Perth for the Hopman Cup. It’s my fourth year in a row playing and I always enjoy it.”