ATP President Chris Kermode (4R), US player John Isner (3R) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic (2R) speak at the launch of the new ATP cup tournament on the sidelines of the ATP tour finals in London on November 15, 2018. - The tournament will be played across three Australian cities over ten days in the lead up to the Australian Open and will feature teams from 24 countries from 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, PERTH, & SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – A little over six weeks after the end of the new look Davis Cup finals, and hot on the heels of exhibition season starts the ATP Cup! Here’s the latest information.
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What is the ATP Cup?
We’re glad you ask. It is a team competition to start the new ATP season offering US$15m prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points.
What is the format?
Each tie comprises of two singles and one doubles match (hmm sounds familiar?). The country winning two matches wins the tie. Every country will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.
Who are the players?
Now, here comes the science! A minimum of three ATP ranked players, including two members with singles ATP Ranking points, are required for a country to be eligible to qualify. A country may have up to five players. If a team has five players, at least three must have an ATP Singles ranking. If less than five players, a team must have at least two players with an ATP Singles ranking.
For Great Britain, the provisional team is: Andy Murray (PR), Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and in doubles, Joe Salisbury and Jamie Murray. However – the inclusion of Murray the younger via his protected ranking means in theory Kyle Edmund is frozen out of the side, despite his resurgence at the end of the year. Also worth noting – Salisbury and Murray senior do not play doubles together on the regular tour, and so will have just one week ahead of the Australian Open to reunite for some match-time before the first slam of the year.
Because this counts as an additional week for ranking points, it is especially hard on those who do not make the ATP Cup sides who miss out on this additional week of ranking capability.
The players currently being listed are for illustrative purposes only on the ATP Cup website, with a caveat that qualification and participation is subject to ATP rules, and that players may withdraw due to injury, illness or other grounds.
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