Djokovic, Nadal to headline star-studded 2021 ATP Cup discipline | Sports activities
On this Oct 11, 2020 picture, second-placed Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (left) and winner Spain’s Rafael Nadal pose with their trophy through the podium ceremony after their males’s singles last tennis match on the Philippe Chatrier courtroom, on Day 15 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis match in Paris. (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / Autopresse.eu)
SYDNEY – World No 1 Novak Djokovic and world No 2 Rafael Nadal will lead the sphere for the upcoming 2021 ATP Cup at Melbourne Park from February 1 to five.
Qualification for the 2021 ATP Cup relies on the ATP rating of every nation’s top-ranked single participant, whereas Australia qualifies by advantage of a bunch wildcard
In line with a ATP media launch on Tuesday, Djokovic’s Serbia and Nadal’s Spain will compete towards Austria, Russia, Greece, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and Australia within the 12-team competitors.
Qualification for the 2021 ATP Cup relies on the ATP rating of every nation’s top-ranked single participant, whereas Australia qualifies by advantage of a bunch wildcard.
This yr’s match will characteristic 14 of the highest 15 gamers. Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev headlines Russia’s group alongside fellow Prime 10 star Andrey Rublev, and world No 3 Dominic Thiem will lead Austria’s group. Rising star Alex de Minaur will as soon as once more cleared the path for Australia.
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“Final yr we launched the worldwide tennis season with the inaugural ATP Cup. It was an enormous success with each gamers and followers, and we’re excited to current the second version in Melbourne in 2021,” stated ATP Cup Match Director Tom Larner.
“The gamers are trying ahead to stepping up and representing their nations once more, and the sphere, together with defending champions Serbia and finalists Spain, is powerful. This can be a format that reveals off the fervour of the gamers and we’re anticipating some spectacular tennis motion.”
The inaugural ATP Cup was performed in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney in 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, main tennis occasions have been relocated to Melbourne this yr.
The draw for the 2021 ATP Cup will happen on 20 January, when the 12 groups might be divided into 4 teams of three for group stage, round-robin play. The 4 group winners will advance to the semifinals.