France has claimed its first Hopman Cup crown

TENNIS: France has claimed its first Hopman Cup crown on the back of an unbeaten run in singles and mixed doubles by world No.10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The 28-year-old survived a second-set scare to beat unheralded Pole Grzegorz Panfil 6-3 3-6 6-3 in Saturday's final in Perth. Tsonga then combined with Alize Cornet, beaten 6-3 6-7 6-2 by Agnieszka Radwanksa in her singles match, to take the mixed doubles 6-0 6-2 in just 47 minutes.

"I'm really happy to win ... it's always good to hold the trophy," Tsonga said.

Despite being disappointed to lose the final, the tournament was a triumph for Panfil. The 26-year-old, ranked 288 in the world, had picked up just $A154,294 in his ATP career.

But he pocketed $A90,000 for his week's work, which included a win against world No.11, Canada's Milos Raonic, after being called into the team at the last minute as a replacement for the injured Jerzy Janowicz.


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