The Australian cities have been announced as the first ones to hold the ATP Cup on 2020.
According to the ATP, a third city will be picked to play matches simultaneously during the first edition of the tournament.
“With more than 100 players from 24 countries competing for $ 15 million in prizes and 750 ATP points, the tournament will help us launch the tennis season every January in Australia,” said Craig Tiley Tennis Australia CEO.
Due to the busy schedule at the start of each year in the weeks prior to the Australian Open, ATP Tour knows that the ATP Cup project will compete with some of its other tournaments. However, they remain confident that the inclusion of a big competition will be welcome among the players and the public.
The ATP Cup will divide 24 nations into six groups, with eight new groups emerging to compete in a eliminatory phase.
Sydney will host the final. On January 4th, it was announced that a $ 36 million dollar was to be investmed to the Olympic Park Tennis Center, which will include the placement of a roof to the Ken Rosewall Arena.
Perth, which has hosted the Hopman Cup for the past 30 years, and Adelaide are the other cities that will likely join the already mentioned to host the group phase of the ATP Cup.
“It’s amazing, I think this is the event that tennis needed. Besides showing a competitive level, it’s going to be entertaining. We have to y try to make people who have not seen tennis, fall in love with the sport,” said the Australian Nick Kyrgios.
The 24-team tournament will begin weeks after the Davis Cup, that will be played under its new format.
“The ATP Cup will not compete with the Davis Cup, but we have to look forward”, said Chris Kermode, president of the ATP. “I think they can run side by side. Other sports have shown that multiple team events can coexist, I think having them too close is a problem, but we will surely solve the calendar at some point”.
The new ATP event also has important implications for the other male and mixed events in Australia and elsewhere, including the Qatar Exxon Mobile held in Doha. Those events have traditionally been used by the players as practice for the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.