Monday, 21 October, 2019

Nadal to open in ATP Cup in Perth; Djokovic on east coast

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Shannon Reynolds | 19 September, 2019, 14:14

The draw for Australia's new ATP Cup tournament was finalised on Monday at the Sydney Opera House, with 27 of the world's top 30 men's tennis stars set to compete Down Under in the tournament to be held from January 3-12 next year. That's what's going to be such a special experience for the players and the fans.

Today's official proceedings revealed the top 18 countries, plus Australia as the host country wildcard, to take part in the 24-country team competition and in what city out of Perth, Brisbane and Sydney they will play.

Kyrgios is now ranked higher than any other Australian male tennis player at No 27, and presents a headache to Tennis Australia.

In a huge coup for Western Australia, current world number two Rafael Nadal will represent Spain in his first visit to the State.

According to the tournament's official website, the following 24 countries are eligible to appear: Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Germany, Greece, Japan, Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Argentina, Georgia, South Africa, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, Poland, Moldova, Uruguay.

"We are thrilled with the fantastic support the ATP Cup has attracted from the players", Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said.

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The ATP Cup Tournament was held on a hard surface court.

Sydney will host Roger Federer's Switzerland in Neighborhood C with Belgium, Big Britain and but any other soon to be added nation, to boot to Neighborhood E which accommodates Austria, Croatia, Argentina and an as but unknown fourth crew. Eight countries will then play at the ATP Cup Final Eight in Sydney that will feature quarterfinals over two days, semifinals and a final.

Rafael Nadal will visit Perth for the first time when he plays in this summer's ATP Cup at RAC Arena.

"The top players of those four teams in that group is all the young superstars, that are that "next gen" group coming through now", Hewitt said.

The final five nations in the ATP Cup standings, based on the ranking of their number one singles player, will be determined by the second entry deadline of November 13.

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