A Great Way To Watch The Hopman Cup
With a new year comes a new set of sports events, tournaments and championships to be excited about. Some occur every year, while others are every few years or even less often, although most don’t start this early in the new year.
Nevertheless, one event that is often overlooked is the Hopman Cup, which is hosted in Perth, Australia every year, either in late December or early January. This year will be the 27th edition of the cup and it a hard indoor tennis game.
Tennis competitions are relatively common, but there are a few interesting ones about this specific event. It is an event that involves eight teams and each team has a male and a female player. In itself this is unusual, and it is a relatively rare chance to watch men and women competing within the same event.
Additionally, the players to this particular event are invited, rather than being selected by coaches. This can make the lineup a little bit unusual, although the event is always interesting to watch.
The Issue Of Regional Restriction
Unless you happen to be in Australia for the new year, the best way of watching the games from this event is online. Unfortunately, this is never as easy as it seems.
A major issue is a process called regional restriction. Regional restriction is a common practice, but you probably won’t notice it until it directly affects you.
Regional restriction works by using your IP address to figure out where you are located physically and then using this to determine whether you can access the content you are looking for.
This process can become a major issue, because if you are in the wrong place, your access to the content you are interested in might be blocked entirely. This is often an issue when it comes to sports, particularly if you are outside of where the sport is being played.
The good news is that there is a way around this issue – specifically, through a VPN.
VPNs can be quite powerful tools. Basically, a VPN is a type of network, one that is much more secure than normal. When you are connected to this type of network, you have higher privacy and security. That’s something most people want online to start off with.
However, the real beauty of a VPN is something else.
With a VPN, you connect to a server (normally in a different country). That server then provides information that masks your own information. In particular, the server will mask your IP address. This makes it look like you are somewhere else.
By picking your VPN server carefully, you can tailor your apparent physical location. So, if you are interested in watching something that only allows Australians to stream, then you choose a VPN server located in Australia.
Many VPN providers will give you the ability to change your VPN server multiple times, which is great for different sports events.
Personally, I love using a VPN, and my preferred provider is VyprVPN. I have found them to be very reliable and effective.