The inaugural ATP Cup will begin in the New Year. Brisbane, Perth and Sydney will host 10 days of incredible tennis as 24 teams battle for one Cup.
Who are the teams? Who are in which groups and who is playing?
Group A – Brisbane
A few surprise players missing. Expected former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut’s doubles partner Pierre Hugues-Herbert to feature.
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera
Group B – Perth
Roberto Bautista Agut
Pablo Carreno Busta
Juan Martin Fumeaux
Group C – Sydney
Joe Salisbury will make his debut in team competition for Great Britain. Jamie’s doubles partner Neal Skupski who is featuring in Davis Cup will not play. Kyle Edmund not in, Cam Norrie in with Cam missing out in Madrid.
Group D – Perth
No place for Andrey Rublev.
Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe not featuring. No Bryan Brothers either who will feature in their last year on tour.
Lukas Hellum Lilleengen
Group E – Sydney
Juan Ignacio Londero
Juan Martin Del Potro wasn’t in the first selection a few months back. Return from injury has been delayed.
Group F – Brisbane
Ones to watch… Struff has been in good form and Krawitez/Mies are one of the best doubles teams out there right now.
No Milos Raonic or Vasek Pospisil.
Alex de Minaur
Bizarre selection of Chris Guccione. By the time the event kicks off Chris would not have played a match for just under three years. He is using a protective ranking to qualify as he currently has no ranking.
Federer’s withdrawal before the end of the second qualification stage for the rest of the teams meant that Switzerland were kicked out.
If he had withdrawn after the 13th November cut off point then Switzerland would have stayed in and Henri Laaksonen would have been their highest ranked player.
Players still can withdraw. Injuries or over issues including change of schedule could shake things up!
Who isn’t playing?
A lot of high profile players are set to head down under but of the qualified countries which stand out players aren’t playing?
Andrey Rublev – Andrey at 23 in the world is the highest ranked available player not to play. The Russian is the third ranked behind Khachanov and Medvedev.
All players could have scheduling in Qatar instead.
Where are the NextGen stars?
Not only are the names above missing but some NextGen stars from Milan this year who could have qualified.
Corentin Moutet, Ugo Humbert, Miomir Kecmanovic, Jannik Sinner & Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will not feature at the ATP Cup.
Only Casper Ruud and Alex de Minaur will with both the leading players for their respective countries.
Heading to Sydney…
Once the group stage is over all teams will head to Sydney where all knockout stage matches will be played.
Teams based in Sydney for the Group Stage that qualify won’t have to travel. Teams from Brisbane will have a 90 minute flight on their hands where as teams in Perth have a four hour journey to add in.