The Hopman Cup will run at the Perth Arena from December 28 to January 4 but the mixed teams tournament will be without last year's Serbian runners-up Djokovic and Ivanovic, and without any layer in the world's top-three and just two top 10 players overall.
However, the Hopman Cup remains confident the field for 2014, in the second year under Tennis Australia's banner since Paul McNamee was dumped, is the most complete and even in the 26-year history.
Djokovic and Ivanovic have teamed three times previously at the Hopman Cup losing the final earlier this year, making the final once and having to withdraw due to an injury to Ivanovic and in 2008 both were just youngsters on the rise.
Tournament director Steve Ayles feels that the duo will be back again in the future but it became in impossibility for 2014 once Djokovic had committed to taking part in the Davis Cup final.
"I know that they believe they have unfinished business and that's the sort of carrot we will be using and of course when Novak has played here he's always gone on to play well at the Australian Open," Ayles said.
"We will always be approaching marquee players to come and play at the Hopman Cup, but the other thing is that we do make sure we have a strong, even field.
"It's actually the Australian that are the main drawcards for the event so we have Bernard and Sam, and then when you throw in Radwanska, Tsonga and Kvitova then the strength in this field is going to make it hard to pick a winner. It should make for great entertainment."
While there are no players inside either the men's or women's top-three playing at the Hopman Cup, there are nine players inside the top-20.
Women's world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska and this year's Wimbledon semi finalist Jerzy Janowicz are the top seed as they form Poland's first ever Hopman Cup team.
The American team of Sloane Stephens and John Isner are the second seeds, followed by France's Alize Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic, Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova and Radek Stepanek, Italia's Flavia Pennetta and Andreas Seppi and the Australians are the No. 7 seeds.
Meanwhile, the bottom seeds could very well go into the tournament as favourites with Spain's Tommy Robredo and Anabel Medina Garrigues already having three previous Hopman Cup trophies to their credit between them.
And Tomic is set to be without his father John at his side. Hopman Cup officials are set to follow in the footsteps of the Australian Open and other recent tournaments in banning John who doubles as Bernard's father and coach.
"Ultimately it's a decision for the ITF because this is an ITF-sanctioned event," Ayles said.
"Certainly that is the Australian Open's view and normally with these things the governing bodies fall in line so at this stage I would say that is a likely outcome."
Tomic himself, though, has good memories of the 2013 Hopman Cp where he scored a win over then world No. 1 Djokovic and was always keen to return and partner with Stosur.
"I felt that playing over here earlier this year it gave me a very good start to the summer and that was due to playing at the Hopman Cup. I felt very good on the courts, it gave me three quality matches and that later led to my first title in Sydney," Tomic said.
"I was very confident playing in Perth and I'm very happy to get the position to play again. Now playing with Sam I think I have the opportunity to do better and I think we can maybe push Australia to even better than we did earlier this year."
Former US Open champion Stosur has regularly favoured the Brisbane International over the Hopman Cup, but is now coming back to Perth for the second time.
"I just wanted to get back to Perth again. I've played there once before and obviously I've enjoyed my time in Brisbane too, but this time I thought I would try something different and head out to Perth," Stosur said.
Popular Frenchman Tsonga had the time of his life at the last Hopman Cup and it was a no-brainer for him to return.
"Everything – the court was good and the New Year was unbelievable. Everything was good about it so I'm just really happy to go back and hopefully I will have some fun like last year," Tsonga said.
Radwanska is the highest-ranked player signed to play at the tournament and with her eyes still on her first Grand Slam title, she's looking forward to it.
"I'm very excited to play Hopman Cup for the first time. I have watched a couple of players play Hopman Cup before and it was very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to it," Radwanska said.
Poland's Janowicz became one of the stories of 2013 when he made the Wimbledon semi finals and now he's proud to be representing his nation at the Hopman Cup for the first time.
"I was talking to Agnieszka Radwanska and we decided that it might be a lot of fun to play together at Hopman Cup. We have never had a Hopman Cup team before from Poland so it's going to be a lot of fun," Janowicz said.
American giant Isner is another past Hopman Cup champion from 2011 and he's in no doubt it provide the best preparation for the Australian Open.
"Every time I have played it I have enjoyed myself so much and for me playing at the Hopman Cup in Perth is perfect preparation for the Australian Open," Isner said.
American world No. 12 Stephens shocked Serena Williams earlier this year at the Australian Open and is looking forward to kicking off her 2014 on the right note this time around as well.
"It will be good because I will be able to get some matches and be able to get to Australia early, and play a lot to get into it. The Hopman Cup is a great event so it will definitely do me some good," Stephens said.
Canadian big-hitter Raonic is currently ranked No. 11 in the world and is a player on the brink of a major breakthrough, and he's looking forward to coming to Perth.
"It's a great competitive atmosphere and a team event so it's something different and something I haven’t been involved in so it's a great experience for me," Raonic said.
"To come to Australia early too I think is a great option and opportunity to really get used to the climate. I'm really looking forward to playing in front of that atmosphere."
His partner Bouchard is up to No. 35 in the world and has long been a fan of the tournament.
"The venue sounds amazing and I've always watched it on TV and found it so entertaining so I'm really excited to take part in it for the first time," Bouchard said.
Meanwhile, the popular player trophy of the Brinkhaus Jewellery diamond encrusted tennis balls are no more with the tournament switching over to Solid Gold Diamonds and a new prize has been developed.
The two winners of the Hopman Cup of 2014 will now receive 360 diamonds featured on an 18 caret solid gold tennis racket.
HOPMAN CUP FIELD
1 – Poland: Agnieszka Radwanska (4) and Jerzy Janowicz (15)
2 – USA: Sloane Stephens (12) and John Isner (13)
3 – France: Alize Cornet (27) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9)
4 – Canada: Eugenie Bouchard (35) and Milos Raonic (11)
5 – Czech Republic: Petra Kvitova (7) and Radek Stepanek (39)
6 – Italy: Flavia Pennetta (31) and Andreas Seppi (220
7 – Australia: Sam Stosur (20) and Bernard Tomic (51)
8 – Spain: Anabel Medina Garrigues (98) and Tommy Robredo (19)