Trimmed ATP Cup attracts top players – Tennis Sports

The ATP Cup, temporarily cut from the 2021 calendar, will eventually take place in Melbourne from February 1st to 5th, but will be a reduced version of the successful team tournament held in three Australian cities. .. At the beginning of 2020.

It’s not my decision, but the final composition of the team in the Trimmed Team Cup is based on the world rankings of the players involved-based on this, South Africa is 15th and 3 above it. If the country does not join the tournament team, the last 12th place. Craig Tylie, AO Tournament Director and CEO of Tennis Australia

Twenty-four countries were divided into four teams and six groups in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, and the first event in which eight teams advanced to Sydney’s Final 8 was won by Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one defeated Spain. In the final.

The next edition is a five-day event in 12 countries leading to the Australian Open, with 11 teams qualifying based on the highest FedEx ATP rankings due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The ranked singles players and Australia were given wildcards as host countries and Canada was nominated as an alternative if necessary.

The event will be held in Melbourne Park and 12 teams will be divided into 3 groups for group stage and round robin play.

The winners of each group will have a knockout stage in the semi-final round on Thursday, February 4th, followed by a final match on Friday, February 5th.

Roger Federer has been reportedly named as one of the Swiss players, further suggesting that he is preparing for the Australian Open.

The lineup is subject to change, but it seems that all of the world’s top 11 players are considering joining, including Kei Nishikori using protected rankings to get Japan into the competition.



(Scheduled to change)
  • Serbia – Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajović
  • Spain – Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Austria – Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak
  • Russia – Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev
  • Switzerland – Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka
  • Greece – Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Perolarakis
  • Germany-Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Strough
  • Argentina-Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella
  • Italy – Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini
  • Japan – Kei Nishikori and Yoshihito Nishioka
  • France – Gael Monfils and Benoit Paire
  • Australia (Wildcard) – Alex de Miñaur and Nick Kyrgios
  • Canada (Alternative) – Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic

Each team has a captain on the court who can guide the replacement of players. Although not yet named in most countries, Germany has confirmed that Mischa Zverev will be the team captain of Melbourne.

After both Boris Becker and Michael Coleman were unable to travel to Australia, Zverev’s brother, 33, who is still competing on the tour, took over as captain.

Becker resigned from his position at DTB in November.

“So we decided that Missha should take over that function,” Coleman said.

Rafael Nadal signed up for Spain with the second edition of the ATP Cup

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In addition to reducing the number of teams, the 2021 ATP Cup prize will also be reduced from $ 15 million to $ 7.5 million.

Last year, awarding total prize money to players involved three different factors: total participation, winning prizes for individual matches, and additional winnings for Thai wins.

Depending on the attendance of spectators at the event next year, a 40% reduction may be applied.

Undefeated players playing the event can earn up to 500 points compared to 750 points in 2020, but in doubles the points remain the same as 250 points in the first year.

There are some notable absentees, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa, as the number of teams that can compete in the ATP Cup is decreasing due to organizational complexity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not my decision, but the final composition of the team in the Trimmed Team Cup is based on the world rankings of the players involved. Based on this, South Africa is in 15th place and the top three countries. “The last 12th place if you don’t join the tournament team,” said diligent Craig Tylie, South Africa-born AO’s tournament director and tennis Australia CEO.

Tylie added that things could change. Top players in some countries are unable to participate in the ATP Cup and are taking another route to prepare for the upcoming Australian Open Grand Slam event.

“In fact, I know some countries in this predicament, and we have to see how the problem spreads with respect to the submitted lineup.”

However, Djokovic plans to use the ATP Cup as a warm-up event prior to the AO, as he did last year when Nenad Zimonzic was captain of the Serbian team that won the first ATP Cup. Since then, he has clearly been fired.

Former World No. 12 Victor Troiki, the new team captain of the Davis Cup in Serbia, said: “Novak Djokovic was as surprised as I was. He didn’t want to get involved too much. His goal was to help the Davis Cup with the young people, they carry the national team and he was there. It was to do it.

“Krajinović, Lajović, Kemanovich, Jere, they are all younger than our generation who won the Davis Cup,” Troicki added. “Novak is a key member and many depend on him. He slowly wants to give way to young people.

“To avoid confusion, he didn’t say he would retire, but I know when he can play. Of course, he will be available.”

There seems to be a change in the ATP Cup lineup, but there is news that Tsitsipas will probably skip the event to play in the ATP250 tournament in Melbourne before the AO.

After recovering from Tekar therapy in London, the Greeks preparing for a new season in Dubai decided not to play Delray Beach or Antalya.

Also, while 6th in the world is keen to play in his country, his teammate Pervolarakis is ranked 456th and can only enter the first major of the year through wildcards. So it seems more reasonable for Tsitsipas to play the ATP250 in Melbourne instead of the ATP Cup.

– Tennis Sports

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