Hop was your main rival in Pokemon Sword & Shield. He was more like a best friend than a rival.
His brother Leon is the Pokemon League champion. Hop always was in his shadow.
Like you, he defeats all the Pokemon gym leaders.
He was never much of a challenge, but his last match was his best.
But I definitely embarrassed him at the end.
But he never grew bitter or angry when defeated.
He even helps you defeat and catch a legendary Pokemon at the end.