Tennis Australia and ATP, the governing body for men’s tennis, has announced the ATP Cup will be held in Perth in January 2020.
The highly anticipated event will likely feature four of the top 12 male international players, with 24 teams competing across Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over six days of competition.
Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley, says the event will be a great start to the tennis season, leading into the Australian Open at the end of January.
“The ATP Cup will launch the global tennis season for the men; this is their event, it means a lot to them and they’ve thrown their support behind it 100 percent.
“With 750 ranking points and $22 million in prize money at stake, along with the honour of standing alongside your teammates and representing your country, we know this will be a spectacular and meaningful event for the players,” Mr Tiley said.
World No.1 and President of the ATP Player Council, Novak Djokovic, says the ATP Cup will be the best way to start the tennis season.
“I like that it’s owned by ATP, by the players, and that we have ranking points, and it’s going to be the best way to kick start the season.
“This is going to bring together a lot of nations and for me personally it will be a very nice and proud moment to represent my country,” he said.
ATP Executive Chairman & President, Chris Kermode, said the ATP Cup will compliment the existing schedule and be a great link to the Australian Open.
“The first week of the season is when the players want to play and that’s why the tournament has their strong support.
“By staging the event with Tennis Australia, which is renowned for its experience as an outstanding event promoter, we know that the tournament will be a great success from year one,” Mr Kermode said.
The Cup format includes two singles and a doubles match per tie, with two sessions a day, over six days of competition.