The United Cup, a powerful new hallmarked sterling silver and 24-carat gold-plated trophy, was at this time unveiled at Cottesloe Seashore in Perth, Western Australia.
Grand Slam blended doubles champion and Perth-born Casey Dellacqua, Western Australian Minister for Sport, the Hon. David Templeman MLA, United Cup Event Director Stephen Farrow, and United Cup Perth Normal Supervisor Brett Patten revealed the brand new silverware, 10 days out from the inaugural occasion.
The United Cup will showcase equality on the highest stage of the game when the world’s greatest gamers unite and compete aspect by aspect throughout Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from Thursday 29 December to Sunday 8 January 2023.
Standing at 50cm tall, the hand-crafted United Cup options 36 sweeping rods to characterize the 18-country blended doubles partnerships, every formed by hand.
“We needed a trophy that was immediately iconic, that was very particular and distinctive for the United Cup. And we needed one thing that actually symbolises bringing collectively the female and male gamers,” Farrow stated.
The trail the rods take from the plinth to the rim of the bowl suggests the motion of a tennis ball and the way a ball can change velocity and route.
The reflective surfaces of the trophy seize the power and liveliness of the game.
“The bowl is symbolic of a prize made for sharing and bringing individuals collectively as a result of finally this occasion is about bringing collectively one of the best male and one of the best feminine gamers to play for his or her nation,” Farrow continued.
The United Cup has been crafted by Thomas Lyte, a Royal Warrant holder as silversmiths and goldsmiths to Her Late Majesty The Queen and former Head of the Commonwealth.
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They’re greatest referred to as world class designers, makers, and restorers of most of the world’s most iconic trophies together with the Laver Cup, trophies for the ATP Finals, the FA Cup, the Rugby World Cup and the Six Nations Championship.
The design of the United Cup was led by Thomas Lyte’s Head Silverware Designer, Trevor Brown, an Australian primarily based in East Gippsland in regional Victoria, earlier than a group of ten grasp silversmiths and goldsmiths handcrafted the trophy of their high-quality silver workshops in London. Greater than 400 craft-hours have been wanted to create this masterpiece.
“Our craftspeople, and designers are so happy with this piece. It’s one among our favorite commissions,” Thomas Lyte’s Director and former English cricketer Neil MacLaurin stated.
“As a result of interaction of the gold and silver, and the complicated reflections from each angle, we consider that in addition to having the potential to turn into a revered, iconic sporting trophy, the United Cup is actually a murals.”
Including to the trophy’s extraordinary story, the United Cup’s hallmark additionally carries the Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Mark. This can be a particular commemorative mark, solely accessible to commissions hallmarked in London in 2022, designed to have a good time the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Pat Rafter Area in Brisbane, RAC Area in Perth and Ken Rosewall Area in Sydney will host the United Cup group stage from Thursday 29 December to Wednesday 4 January 2023.
Every host metropolis will function two teams of three nations, competing in a round-robin format.
Group winners in every metropolis will play off for one among three semi-final spots.
Three Metropolis Champions will advance to the United Cup Last 4 in Sydney from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 January. The following greatest performing group from the group stage will full the quartet.
The United Cup trophy will go to every host metropolis earlier than the primary winner is topped.
For additional info on the United Cup please go to www.UnitedCup.com and comply with @UnitedCupTennis on social media.