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ATP 2020 Calendar confirmed - ATP Cup to debut, and shot clocks to be used at all tournaments

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 15 Mar 2019
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The ATP has released its calendar for the 2020 season, with inaugural ATP Cup among the major highlights of next year’s tour, while the governing body has also confirmed that shot clocks will be employed in all tournaments from the 2020 season.

The shot clock was first trialed at the Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017, and has been adopted in each of the last two Grand Slams. The 25-second countdown, designed to speed up play, will now be mandatory for all tournaments from the 2020 season.

The season serves off with the newly-formed ATP Cup, a team event featuring 24 countries, to be staged across three cities in Australia. Two of the host cities have already been confirmed- Brisbane and Sydney- while the third will be announced at a later date. The ATP Cup is a 10-day meet which starts on January 3, and offers a maximum of 750 ranking points and an overall prize money of $15million.

“The 2020 ATP Tour calendar will provide a global stage for the world’s greatest players to battle over 11 months for prestigious ATP titles, coveted ATP rankings points, and the ultimate prize of finishing the season as year-end ATP Tour No.1”, ATP Executive Chairman & President, Chris Kermode said. “2020 will also see the launch of the ATP Cup, an event that has all the ingredients to become something very special at start of the season, and we look forward to seeing it come to fruition through our partnership with Tennis Australia.”

While the Australian cities of Brisbane and Sydney give up their regular ATP World Tour events, Adelaide makes a returns the tour for the first time since 2008, with the Adelaide International set to hold from the 13th of January, in the same week as the ASB Classic in New Zealand. It should be noted that Adelaide and Auckland will be held in the week after the conclusion of the ATP Cup. The ATP 500 tournament in Doha keeps its place on the calendar, and will run concurrently with the ATP Cup, as it’s scheduled to start on January 6, one week later than its regular start date, while the Maharashtra Open in Pune has been moved from week 1 to week 5. The ATP 250 meet in India will begin on February 3, and will be staged simultaneously with tournaments in Cordoba and Montpellier. 

ATP Sofia is a notable absentee from February’s events, but the meet hasn't been wiped off the calendar. It has instead been moved to much later in the year, with the new start date fixed at September 28, along with tournaments in Chengdu and Zhuhai. There ATP is accepting applications from European venues for a grass court ATP 250 tournament to be held in the week before Wimbledon- a portion of the calendar currently occupied by Antalya.

The 2020 season ends with the 50th edition of the Nitto ATP Finals, to be staged at London’s O2 Arena for the 12th straight year. 

In all, there will be 63 tournaments across 29 countries, plus the four Grand Slams and the ATP Cup.

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ATP 2020 Calendar confirmed - ATP Cup to debut, and shot clocks to be used at all tournaments

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