By Ros Satar
- The newest cup on the block, the ATP Cup is ramping up its hype
- Andy Murray’s protected ranking guarantees GB a spot in the line up
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – With gathering hype the ATP Cup draw took place in Sydney with GB drawn into a tough group
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Yep folks, hot on the heels of being in the driving seat for the Laver Cup, now Tennis Australia are spear-heading the ATP Cup. It knocked out the much loved Hopman Cup Mixed team competition off the calendar and more importantly follows on just six and a half weeks on from the extended Davis Cup finals.
There is US$15m prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP Ranking points up for grabs.
When and where is the ATP Cup being held?
The inaugural ATP Cup will be held from 3 to 12 January in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. It is a 10 day event starting on the Friday before Week 1 of the new season and clashes with the ATP 250 in Doha, although those players whose countries cannot qualify have the option to compete on the regular tour events in that week.
The competition consists of a group stages competition hosted across the three host cities over six days. The two-day quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all take place in the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.
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Which countries are taking part?
Despite his reservations about there being two team competitions within a month and a half of each other, Andy Murray qualifies Great Britain by virtue of his protected ranking of World No. 2.
The first 19 counties in the ATP Cup Standings have qualified based on the ATP Ranking of its No. 1 singles player on 9 September, and of course their commitment to play the event, which may be subject to change.
The final five teams will qualify on 13 November with rankings based on that day.
- Serbia (Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic)
- Spain (Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut)
- Switzerland (Roger Federer, Henri Laaksonen)
- Russia (Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov)
- Austria (Dominic Thiem, Dennis Novak)
- Germany (Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lennard Struff)
- Greece (Stefanis Tsitsipas, Michail Pervolarakis)
- Japan (Kei Nishikori, Yoshihito Nishioka)
- Italy (Fabio Fognini, Matteo Berrettini)
- France (Gael Monfils, Benoit Paire)
- Belgium (David Goffin, Steve Darcis)
- Croatia (Borna Coric, Marin Cilic)
- Argentina (Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella)
- Georgia (Nikoloz Basilashvili, Alexsandre Metreveli)
- South Africa (Kevin Anderson, Lloyd Harris)
- USA (John Isner, Taylor Fritz)
- Canada (Felix Auger-Aliassime, Milos Raonic)
- Great Britain (Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund)
- [Wildcard] Australia (Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur)
Countries in contention for the final qualification
- Czech Republic
- Chinese Taipei
- South Korea
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
How does this all work?
There are six groups of four in the group stages, playing round-robin matches. The six group winners and the two best second place finishers then make up the final eight teams who head to the ATP Cup Finals in Sydney.
Each tie comprises of two singles and one doubles match. The country winning two matches wins the tie and every country is guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets and doubles will feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of the third set.
There is a day session and an evening session each day, per venue. The first singles matches will be played at 10am local time, starting with the No. 2 players in each tie, and then the No. 1 players, followed by the doubles. Even if the tie is decided in the first two matches, the doubles will be played.
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The ATP Cup takes place between 3-12 January 2020
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