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ATP Cup: Sydney and Brisbane confirmed as host cities of inaugural ATP Cup

Leye Aduloju in News 8 Jan 2019
  • The Australian cities of Brisbane and Sydney have been confirmed as host cities of the inaugural ATP Cup
  • A third host city will be announced later
  • The ATP Cup is set to debut on the ATP Calendar in January 2020
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The Australian cities of Brisbane and Sydney have been confirmed as hosts of next year's inaugural ATP Cup, with a third host city to be announced later.

Perth is believed to be the favourite to be named as third host city, ahead of Adelaide.

The ATP Cup, organized by men’s tennis governing body, the ATP, in conjunction with Tennis Australia, was officially launched in November last year, and will be staged across three cities in Australia from 3-12 January, 2020.

The third host city will be announced at a later date while Sydney will host the final at the Ken Rosewall Arena. The Sydney Olympic Tennis Park, which currently hosts the Sydney International, is soon to undergo major renovation work worth up to $50.5m, with a new roof set to be constructed over Ken Rosewall Arena and Court 1 ahead of the 2020 ATP Cup.

The two host cities were named at a gathering at the Sydney Harbour on Monday, with ATP Executive Chairman and President, Chris Kermode reiterating that the event has the full support of the players, and will provide a great way to serve off the new season.

“The ATP Cup fits perfectly with our strategy to innovate and look towards the future. We know from our extensive discussions with the players that the ATP Cup will provide a great way for them to open their season – bringing together the world’s best for a major team event that compliments existing scheduling, provides highly-coveted ATP Ranking points and clearly links to the Australian Open”, Kermode said.

“The first week of the season is when the players want to play and that’s why the tournament has their strong support. By staging the event with Tennis Australia, which is renowned for its experience as an outstanding event promoter, we know that the tournament will be a great success from year one”.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are among the top players who have endorsed the ATP Cup, which takes place just five weeks after the conclusion of the revamped Davis Cup. With the two competitions staged so close to each other, the similarly-styled tournaments feel like rival events, and it remains to be seen how the players will commit to both.

The ATP Cup marks the return of team competition to the ATP calendar, with the most recent being the ATP World Team Cup, held in Dusseldorf, Germany between 1978 and 2012.

The first edition of the ATP Cup will feature 24 countries, initially split into six groups, with eight teams advancing to the knockout stages. Four teams will qualify for the semifinals, with two advancing to the final, from which a winner will emerge.

The tournament has a $15million prize money, with up to 750 ranking points on offer. Each country can present up to five players, while a tie comprises two singles matches and one doubles contest. Entry into the ATP Cup will be dependent on the ranking of the No. 1 player of the country.

“With more than 100 players from 24 nations vying for USD $15 million in prize money and 750 ATP Ranking points, the ATP Cup will help us launch the global tennis season every January in Australia”, said Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley, who was also present in Monday’s event.

The ATP Cup is live from 3-12, January 2020.

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