Ana Ivanovic of Serbia hits a return against Polona Hercog of Slovenia. (WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic will be absent from this year's Hopman Cup, with other commitments getting in the way.
Although it's an exhibition event with no ranking points on offer, the Hopman Cup continues to be one of the most popular events on the tennis tour.
In 2013 the tournament was lit up by the presence of the Serbian duo of Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic, who entertained the crowds in Perth with their on-court showmanship and tennis. However, it's been reported that the two players will not be in attendance for the 2014 edition of the competition.
Djokovic's absence has been explained by his participation in the Davis Cup final in November. The World No. 1 is spearheading a Serbian side that is aiming to dethrone defending champions Czech Republic, so he's allowing himself enough time for a reasonable off-season after the crucial clash.
Despite the non-participation of Djokovic and Ivanovic, the Hopman Cup has managed to pull in some big names this time around. America will be represented by Sloane Stephens and John Isner, whilst the home nation will be represented by Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur.
This year's Polish side look like genuine title contenders, with Agnieszka Radwanska pairing up with big serving Jerzy Janowicz. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be representing France, though the tournament organisers are still searching for a partner for him. He'd signalled his intention to join forces with Marion Bartoli earlier in the year, but Marion retired this season shortly after winning her maiden slam title at Wimbledon.