We’re glad you ask. It is a team competition to start the new ATP season offering US$10m prize money and a 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.
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 nominated team is not that dissimilar to the Davis Cup line-up except Jamie Murray comes in for Neal Skupski.
Liam Broady (Captain)
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.
Who is playing where?
The continuing impact of the global pandemic means that while the groups have gone up from 12 last year to 16 this year, all the matches are taking place in ether the Ken Rosewall Arena (KRA) or the Qudos Bank Arena (QBA) in Sydney.
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