Britain, led by Andy Murray, have been placed in the same group as Roger Federer’s Switzerland for the inaugural ATP Cup due to be played from the 3rd to 12th of January.
It’s great for tennis. What a showcase John Newcombe
The draw for the team event was made at the Sydney Opera House with former players Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter and John Newcombe in attendance.
A total of 24 countries will be taking part in the competition across which will be played in three different cities, namely Perth, Sydney and Brisbane with $15million in prize money at stake and up to 750 rankings.
The Brits and the Swiss will be playing in Sydney in Group C with Belgium and one other nation yet to be named. Also playing there will be Group E made up by Austria, Croatia and Argentina, plus another.
Murray used his protected ranking to ensure Britain featured in the main draw as otherwise the team would have had to qualify as it is all based on player ranking. With the event kicking off on January 3, the former world number one is racing against time to get fully fit to face Federer! The Asian swing in which he has committed to play three events, should provide an indication as to how that is coming on.
Novak Djokovic will start his campaign in Group A in Brisbane which has drawn Serbia against France and South Africa plus one more. Group F which is also based at Brisbane, sees Greece, Germany, Canada and Australia in what is an intriguing group featuring Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and youngsters Felix Auger Alliasime and Alex de Minaur.
Meanwhile Rafa Nadal, the US Open champion will face early opposition from both Japan and Georgia in Group B in Perth where Group D, consisting of Russia led by Daniil Medvedev, will also be playing against Italy and the USA.
The top eight teams from the Group stages will go on to play quarter-finals in Sydney. Each tie will feature two singles matches and a doubles.
Currently all in the top ten have committed to playing the ATP Cup which revives the old World Team Cup which was discontinued in 2012.
The event is a major boost to Australia tennis as John Newcombe said during the draw. “It’s great for tennis. What a showcase — the best players in the world representing their country.”