ATP Cup: Great Britain Sydney-bound for inaugural team competition
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Great Britain are set for the Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney for the first ever ATP Cup. They are one of 24 nations to compete in the new season opener, taking place 3-12 January 2020, and have been placed in Group C with Switzerland and Belgium, along with a nation who is yet to qualify.
Each of the 24 nations have been split into six groups following Monday's official draw at Sydney Opera House. The Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane will play host to Group A and Group F, the RAC Arena in Perth will welcome Group B and Group D, and Group C and Group E will travel to Sydney.
Qualification is based on the ranking of a country's top-ranked player and Great Britain have been one of the first 19 teams to qualify based on Andy Murray's Protected Ranking of 2. Serbia's world No.1 Novak Djokovic has been placed in Group A (Brisbane) and Spain's world No.2 Rafa Nadal is in Group B (Perth), presenting a tough challenge for Great Britain. Belgium join Britain and Switzerland and the fourth and final country will be decided based on the ranking of their top singles player by 13 November.
Each group will play three ties with each one featuring two singles and one doubles match.
- GB v Bulgaria, Friday 3 January, 17:30 local time (06:30 GMT - Friday morning)
- GB v Belgium, Sunday 5 January, 17:30 local time (06:30 GMT - Sunday morning)
- GB v Moldova, Tuesday 7 January, 10:00 local time (23:00 GMT - Monday evening)
After all three ties are played, the winner of each group will advance to the ATP Cup Finals - the final-eight knockout stages in Sydney - along with the two top performing teams across all groups. The quarter-finals will take place on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 January, the semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday 11 January, and the champion will be crowned on Sunday 12 January.
With prize money, ATP points and pride to play for - the competition is set to provide plenty of excitement, as well as a platform for players to get their 2020 seasons off to the best possible start. For more information about the ATP Cup, head to atpcup.com.