SYDNEY — ATP Cup champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Rafael Nadal are set to return for the season-opening males’s staff tennis occasion beginning Feb. 1, however the United States will likely be lacking due to a change in format that has halved the sector.
The inaugural occasion final yr featured 24 groups and was performed in three Australian cities, with Djokovic’s Serbia staff beating Nadal and Spain within the closing at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena.
The Feb. 1-5 second version will contain 12 groups and be performed fully at Melbourne Park amid COVID-19 restrictions, together with WTA and ATP tournaments, within the week main into the Australian Open.
The draw will likely be held Jan. 20, with groups divided into 4 teams. The winner of every round-robin group will advance to the semifinals.
Qualification for the ATP Cup was primarily based on the rating of every nation’s high participant, with Australia included on a wild-card entry. Other competing nations embrace Austria, Russia, Greece, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Japan, France and Canada.
All gamers arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open will likely be required to quarantine for 14 days earlier than the delayed begin of the season’s first main. The Australian Open is normally staged within the final two weeks of January, however it has been pushed again to Feb. 8-21 due to journey and different restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Qualifying for the boys’s singles draw will happen in Doha, Qatar, and for the ladies’s in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, each working Jan. 10-13.
As with different sports activities, the worldwide tennis calendar was disrupted in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, together with the postponement of the French Open’s begin from May to September, and the cancellation of Wimbledon for the primary time since World War II.