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New $15 million dollar team competition to launch 2020 tennis season

New $15 million dollar team competition to launch 2020 tennis season

On Thursday, the ATP announced the launch of a new World Cup by countries that will be played in 2020 in the month of January, in Australia.

The ATP's competition, to be staged in Australia before the year's first Grand Slam tournament, will feature 24 teams, offer $15 million in prize money and ranking points.

16 de noviembre de 2018, 15:32London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer, victor of 20 Grand Slam titles, on Friday supported the possibility of playing the Davis Cup in the first week of the year. It will happen that we will have two average events. India is among the 24 teams that will play the Davis Cup qualifiers in February (1-2).

"I like that it's owned by ATP, by the players", Djokovic said. "Clearly if the World Team Cup is going to be held, players will want to play that in the first week of the year, so you would think it's going to be exciting", the Swiss said after reaching the last four of the ATP Finals in London.

"You can have multiple team events, that's not the issue", ATP president Chris Kermode said. Zverev said he will not play in the new Davis Cup next November, but was more positive about the ATP Cup.

The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.

Tiley said more than three Australian cities were bidding to stage the ATP Cup and that discussions were ongoing with the likes of Brisbane, which now stages a combined event in the same week as the ATP Cup, as well as the Hopman Cup, the ITF-sanctioned mixed team event held at the same time. "To have a new, fresh team event - the ATP Cup - will kick-start the year in the best possible way and on our terms".

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The ATP Cup will be played over 10 days in three yet-to-be-confirmed Australian cities.

"The Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about, I think".

He continued: "From what I've heard from conversations with people from all of the sides, different sides in this sport, they all want to have one event because it's oversaturated with different cups, different events. It's not an ATP land grab or anything like, it's us promoting big events to attract new audiences". "In 2020 we will run a great event and in partnership with the ATP Tour we will do all we can to ensure the Davis Cup is also a magnificent global event", he added.

World No.1 Novak Djokovic, president of the player council, said, the players were fully behind the venture. "Even if the ATP Cup didn't exist, the Davis Cup still doesn't have a week which is the issue. We'll make the right choices and the right cities and some of the events will be replaced but that's still to be determined", Tiley said.

"Obviously the Davis Cup and World Team Cup situation is delicate".

Nations will qualify for the ATP Cup by virtue of the ranking of their highest-seeded player and will then be split into six groups of four to compete in a round robin, which will feature one doubles contest and two singles matches.

Entry criteria will be dictated by the ATP ranking of the number one singles player from each nation. The French and the Spanish will be spoilt for choice, but we can expect to see a few unfamiliar faces in the South African and Greek teams, riding on the success of Kevin Anderson and Stefanos Tsitsipas respectively.