By Britwatch Team

  • Who is playing where
  • How does this all work
BRISBANE, PERTH, & SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – A little over six weeks after the end of the new look Davis Cup finals, and hot on the heels of exhibition season starts the ATP Cup! Here’s the latest information.

 

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What is the ATP Cup?

We’re glad you ask. It is a team competition to start the new ATP season offering US$15m prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points.

 

What is the format?

Each tie comprises of two singles and one doubles match (hmm sounds familiar?). The country winning two matches wins the tie. Every country will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.

 

Who are the players?

Andy Murray in the first group match against the Netherlands, of the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, Madrid

Andy Murray in the first group match against the Netherlands, of the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, Madrid | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for LTA)

Now, here comes the science! A minimum of three ATP ranked players, including two members with singles ATP Ranking points, are required for a country to be eligible to qualify. A country may have up to five players. If a team has five players, at least three must have an ATP Singles ranking. If less than five players, a team must have at least two players with an ATP Singles ranking.

For Great Britain, the provisional team is: Andy Murray (PR), Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and in doubles, Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray. However – the inclusion of Murray the younger via his protected ranking means in theory Kyle Edmund is frozen out of the side, despite his resurgence at the end of the year. Also worth noting – Salisbury and Murray senior do not play doubles together on the regular tour, and so will have just one week ahead of the Australian Open to reunite for some match-time before the first slam of the year.

Because this counts as an additional week for ranking points, it is especially hard on those who do not make the ATP Cup sides who miss out on this additional week of ranking capability.

The players currently being listed are for illustrative purposes only on the ATP Cup website, with a caveat that qualification and participation is subject to ATP rules, and that players may withdraw due to injury, illness or other grounds.

 

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Who is playing where?

Brisbane
GROUP A

Serbia

France

South Africa

Chile

GROUP F

Germany

Greece

Canada

Australia

Perth
GROUP B

Spain

Japan

Georgia

Uruguay

GROUP D

Russia

Italy

United States

Norway

Sydney
GROUP C

Belgium

Great Britain

Bulgaria

Moldova

GROUP E

Austria

Croatia

Argentina

Poland

 

What is the schedule?

DAY/DATE LOCATION GROUP TEAMS TIME (GMT)
Day 1 Fri 3 Jan Brisbane Group F Greece v Canada 10:00 (00:00)
Germany v Australia 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group D USA v Norway 10:00 (02:00)
Russia v Italy 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group C Belgium v Moldova 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Bulgaria v Great Britain 17:30 (06:30)
Day 2 Sat 4 Jan Brisbane Group A France v Chile 10:00 (00:00)
Serbia v South Africa 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group B Japan v Uruguay 10:00 (02:00)
Spain v Georgia 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group E Argentina v Poland 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Austria v Croatia 17:30 (06:30)
Day 3 Sun 5 Jan Brisbane Group F Canada v Australia 10:00 (00:00)
Germany v Greece 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group D Italy v Norway 10:00 (02:00)
Russia v USA 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group C Bulgaria v Moldova 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Belgium v Great Britain 17:30 (06:30)
Day 4 Mon 6 Jan Brisbane Group A South Africa v Chile 10:00 (00:00)
Serbia v France 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group B Japan v Georgia 10:00 (02:00)
Spain v Uruguay 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group E Croatia v Poland 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Austria v Argentina 17:30 (06:30)
Day 5 Tue 7 Jan Brisbane Group F Germany v Canada 10:00 (00:00)
Greece v Australia 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group D Russia v Norway 10:00 (02:00)
Italy v USA 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group C Great Britain v Moldova 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Bulgaria v Belgium 17:30 (06:30)
Day 6 Wed 8 Jan Brisbane Group A Serbia v Chile 10:00 (00:00)
France v South Africa 17:30 (07:30)
Perth Group B Spain v Japan 10:00 (02:00)
Georgia v Uruguay 17:30 (09:30)
Sydney Group E Austria v Poland 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
Croatia v Argentina 17:30 (06:30)
Day 7 Thu 9 Jan Sydney QF1 Winner Grp C v Winner Grp F 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
QF2 Winner Grp D v Winner Grp E 17:30 (06:30)
Day 8 Fri 10 Jan Sydney QF3 Winner Grp A v Second Runner-up 10:00 (Thu 23:00)
QF4 Winner Group B v First Runner-up 17:30 (06:30)
Day 9 Sat 11 Jan Sydney SF1 Winner QF2 v Winner QF3 11:00 (00:00)
SF2 Winner QF1 v Winner QF4 18:30 (07:30)
Day 10 Sydney Final Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 18:30 (07:30)

 

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