Prostejov, Czech Republic, 5 August 2011 | AFP

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will team up with Tomas Berdych to form a powerful combination at this year’s Hopman Cup in Perth.

“They are both thrilled by the idea,” said Miroslav Cernosek, who acts as the pair’s agent.

Kvitova, the world No.7, and Berdych, last year’s Wimbledon finalist and the current world No.9, will use the tournament as training for the mixed doubles competition at the 2012 Olympics in London.

“Mixed doubles will definitely be a very attractive event at the Olympics, with players like (Roger) Federer and (Martina) Hingis taking part,” said Cernosek.

The Hopman Cup, held in Perth from December 31 to January 7, “will be different from the Fed Cup and individual tournaments, so I’m really looking forward to it and I’m sure we’ll have fun there,” said Kvitova.

Jana Novotna and Petr Korda won the Czech Republic’s sole Hopman Cup, in 1994.