ATP Cup 2020: Schedule, players, format and all you need to know about the ATP Cup

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The 2020 ATP season serves off in style with the ATP Cup in Australia, with 24 nations set to compete at the inaugural edition of the tournament.

The ATP Cup is live from 3-12 January, and will be staged across the Australian cities of Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. The tournament is attracting the best players in the world, with the top two on the ATP rankings- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic- among those set to turn out for their respective countries.

The ATP Cup will feature several new innovations, including Team Zones, Strategy Rooms and Video Review, and boasts an overall prize money of $15 million. A maximum of 750 ranking points are available to any singles player who wins all possible singles matches.

 

ATP Cup Schedule

Day/Venue Brisbane Perth Sydney
Day 1, Friday, January 3 Greece vs Canada (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) USA vs Norway (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Belgium vs Moldova (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Thursday)
Germany vs Australia (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT) Russia vs Italy (5:30pm local time/ 9:30am GMT) Bulgaria vs Great Britain (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)
Day 2, Saturday, January 4 France vs Chile (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) Japan vs Uruguay (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Argentina vs Poland (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Friday)
Serbia vs South Africa (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT) Spain vs Georgia (5:30pm local time/ 9:30am GMT) Austria vs Croatia (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)
Day 3, Sunday, January 5 Canada vs Australia (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) Italy vs Norway (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Bulgaria vs Moldova (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Saturday)
Germany vs Greece (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT) Russia vs USA (5:30pm local time/ 9:30am GMT) Belgium vs Great Britain (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)
Day 4, Monday, January 6 South Africa vs Chile (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) Japan vs Georgia (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Croatia vs Poland (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Sunday)
Serbia vs France (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT) Spain vs Uruguay (5:30pm local time/ 9:30am GMT) Austria vs Argentina (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)
Day 5, Tuesday, January 7 Germany vs Canada (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) Russia vs Norway (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Great Britain vs Moldova (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Monday)
Greece vs Australia (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT) Italy vs USA (5:30pm local time/ 9:30am GMT) Bulgaria vs Belgium (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)
Day 6, Wednesday, January 8 Serbia vs Chile (10:00am local time/ 12:00am GMT) Spain vs Japan (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Austria vs Poland (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT on Tuesday)
France vs South Africa (5:30pm local time/ 7:30am GMT)
Georgia vs USA (10:00am local time/ 2:00am GMT) Croatia vs Argentina (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)

Knock Out Rounds (All knock-out matches will be played in Sydney)

Quarter Finals

Thursday, 9 January
QF 1: Winner Group C vs Winner Group F (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT* on Wednesday)
QF 2: Winner Group D vs Winner Group E (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)

Friday, 10 January
QF 3: Winner Group A vs Second Runner-Up (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT* on Thursday)
QF 4: Winner Group B vs First Runner-Up (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)

Semi-Finals

Saturday, 11 January
SF 1: Winner [QF 2] vs Winner [QF 3] (10:00am local time/ 11:00pm GMT* on Friday)
SF 2: Winner [QF 1] vs Winner [QF 4] (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)

Final

Sunday, 12 January
Winner [SF 1] vs Winner [SF 2] (5:30pm local time/ 6:30am GMT)

 

ATP Cup Players and Captains

The world’s top two players, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the headline acts, while Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Gael Monfils complete a strong top-ten presence. The only players missing from that elite group are Roger Federer, who withdrew for personal reasons,  and Matteo Berrettini, who pulled out in December because of an abdominal injury.

Former world No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray was also set to open his season at the event until he withdrew with a pelvic problem. The tournament still boasts a glittering array of stars, and is set to provide a spectacular opening to the 2020 season.

The 24 teams are presented in alphabetical order. Only the top two players are included in this table. Each team can have up to five players.

Nation Player #1 Ranking Player #2 Ranking Combined Ranking Captain
1 Argentina Diego Schwartzman 14 Guido Pella 25 39 Gaston Gaudio
2 Australia Alex De Minaur 18 Nick Kyrgios 30 48 Lleyton Hewitt
3 Austria Dominic Thiem 4 Denis Novak 109 113 Thomas Muster
4 Belgium David Goffin 11 Steve Darcis 157 168 Steve Darcis
5 Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 20 Dimitar Lazarov 423 443 Grigor Dimitrov
6 Canada Denis Shapovalov 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime 21 36 Adriano Fuorivia
7 Chile Cristian Garin 33 Nicolas Jarry 77 110 Paul Capdeville
8 Croatia Borna Coric 28 Marin Cilic 39 67 Luka Kutanjac
9 France Gael Monfils 10 Benoit Paire 24 34 Gilles Simon
10 Georgia Nikoloz Basilashvili 26 Aleksandre Metreveli 679 705 David Kvernadze
11 Germany Alexander Zverev 7 Jan-Lennard Struff 35 42 Boris Becker
12 Great Britain Daniel Evans 42 Cameron Norrie 53 95 Tim Henman
13 Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 6 Michail Pervolarakis 487 493 Apostolos Tsitsipas
14 Italy Fabio Fognini 12 Stefano Travaglia 84 96 Alberto Giraudo
15 Japan Yoshihito Nishioka 73 Go Soeda 121 194 Satoshi Iwabuchi
16 Moldova Radu Albot 46 Alexander Cozbinov 818 864 Vladimir Albot
17 Norway Casper Ruud 54 Viktor Durasovic 332 386 Christian Ruud
18 Poland Hubert Hurkacz 37 Kamil Majchrzak 101 138 Marcin Matkowski
19 Russia Daniil Medvedev 5 Karen Khachanov 17 22 Marat Safin
20 Serbia Novak Djokovic 2 Dusan Kajovic 34 36 Nenad Zimonjic
21 Spain Rafael Nadal 1 Roberto Bautista-Agut 9 10 Francisco Roig
22 South Africa Kevin Anderson 91 Lloyd Harris 99 190 Jeff Coetzee
23 USA John Isner 19 Taylor Fritz 32 51 David Macpherson
24 Uruguay Pablo Cuevas 45 Martin Cuevas 523 568 Felipe Maccio

 

ATP Cup Groups

Group (Venue) A (Brisbane) B (Perth) C (Sydney) D (Perth) E (Sydney) F (Brisbane)
Serbia Spain Belgium Russia Austria Germany
France Japan Great Britain Italy Croatia Greece
South Africa Georgia Bulgaria USA Argentina Canada
Chile Uruguay Moldova Norway Poland Australia

 

ATP Cup Format

– The ATP Cup is an annual 24-country team competition that is set to launch each tennis season from 2020, with the inaugural edition to be played across three Australian cities (Perth, Brisbane and Sydney) from January 3-12.

– The group stages will be played over six days in all three cities, with Sydney to host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final at the Ken Rosewall Arena.

– The 24 countries are divided into six groups for the round robin phase of the competition, with the six winners and two best second-placed finishers advancing into the quarter-finals.

– Each tie will feature two singles and one doubles match. Singles will be best-of-three tiebreak sets, while doubles is no-ad scoring and will feature a match tiebreak (first to 10) if the contest goes to a third set.

– Each team will have a captain that will be chosen by the No. 1 singles player in consultation with their other team members. Should a country not select a captain, the No. 1 singles player will lead the team.

– On-court coaching is allowed and not limited to changeovers and set breaks.

– An undefeated singles player who goes on to win the ATP Cup can earn a maximum of 750 ranking points, while an undefeated doubles player can win 250 ranking points.

– The total prize money pool is US$15 million.