The 2020 ATP Cup will feature many new innovations, as tournament organizers aim to add extra excitement to the team event.
The ATP Cup will open the 2020 season, with 24 countries set to compete in the inaugural edition. The event will be staged across the Australian cities of Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from 3-12 January.
“The ATP Cup is set to launch the 2020 ATP season in a major way and the event is going to play a pioneering role in innovation in our sport,” ATP Cup Managing Director Ross Hutchins said.
The new innovations will include Team Zones, which will be positioned at the corners of the court, and will replace traditional player benches. The Team Zones will be equipped with stats, data, insights and match vision to assist captains and teams during matches.
Video Review will also be employed to clear up controversial calls like double bounce, foul shots, touches and invasions, while Strategy Rooms will give captains and their teams access to match analyses and debriefing tools. On-court coaching will be allowed.
“The ATP Cup will bring the fans and players closer together, and on a much bigger scale, than we’ve seen before in tennis,” Tournament Director, Tom Larner said.
“The passion, spirit and excitement of team competition, with the players and captains striving to win for their country, and each other, is at the heart of the ATP Cup. Capturing that essence, and delivering it to fans whether they are in the stadium, watching on TV or following on other platforms, will be a major point of difference”.
“Everything will be captured and delivered in real time to fans, both in-stadium and watching on TV and online, providing a totally new insight into some of the biggest personalities in the game.”
Other innovations include LED integrated umpire chairs and full-court LED screens, while the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, which will host round-robin and quarter final matches will have a new canopy roof.
The ATP Cup has a total prize money of US $15 million, while there are 750 ranking points available to any player who goes undefeated in all possible singles matches. The tournament is attracting the very best players in the world, with the top two in the ATP rankings, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among those set to represent their countries.