It has been rumoured for quite some time but the ATP and Tennis Australia have today announced that the ATPCup will arrive in 2020.
The event will take place 6 weeks following the conclusion of the Davis Cup which next year see’s a revamp and must now have the ITF worried?
The ATPCup will take place in early January across three cities in Australia and will be 24 teams in 6 groups of 4 battling it out. There will be prize money and ranking points on offer, The ITF cannot offer this with the Davis Cup.
How do you qualify? Countries will qualify based on if a player from their country is in the top 24 in the world and a team is then created.
In the launch of the event Novak Djokovic who is the president of the player council, Chris Kermode who is the president of the ATP and Craig Tiley who is the CEO of Tennis Australia who are in on the deal.
Novak Djokovic said it will be a great way to start the year with points and prize money on offer is what makes it appealing.
ATP chief Chris Kermode said in May when quizzed about the idea that it would be insane to have Davis Cup and ATP Cup 6 weeks apart but that is what will happen.
The ATP interviewed players on YouTube including; Djokovic, Anderson, Federer, Zverev, Cilic, De Minaur, Tiafoe, Isner, Edmund and Jamie Murray who all pretty much said the same thing that they are excited, points on offer makes it an attractive proposition and prize money as players ranked as low as outside 200 in the world could play.
For example, Greece will qualify via Stefanos Tsitsipas is he is top 24 by then and right now Greece’ number two is ranked outside top 1000, think how the points and prize money will benefit him. The extra income will help big time.
Are the ITF worried? I’d imagine they are a little scared and expectation is on the top players to play here rather than season ending Davis Cup.