France beat America in Hopman Cup final

France defeated the USA 2-1 at the Perth Arena on Saturday to lift the Hopman Cup trophy for the second time in their history.

Richard Gasquet gave his country the lead in the opening men's singles contest by beating Jack Sock 6-3 5-7 7-6 (8-6) in a closely contested encounter.

After two and a half hours on court failed to separate the two players, it was left to a third-set tie-break to decide the contest, with Sock failing to convert a match point at 6-5, only for Gasquet to succeed with his at 7-6.

Caroline Vandeweghe kept the Americans in the contest, however, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Kristina Mladenovic.

A solitary break of serve in each set was enough to hold off the challenge of the Frenchwoman, as the scores were left tied at 1-1.

The players then returned for the mixed doubles contest to decide the trophy, and it was Gasquet and Mladenovic who came out on top, winning 4-1, 4-3 (5-0) as France were crowned champions for the second time in four years following their maiden victory in 2014.