April 18, 2021

Djokovic, Nadal set to return for 2nd ATP Cup in Australia – tennis

ATP Cup champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Rafael Nadal are set to return for the season-opening males’s group tennis occasion beginning Feb. 1, however america shall be lacking due to a change in format that has halved the sphere.

The inaugural occasion final yr featured 24 groups and was performed in three Australian cities, with Djokovic’s Serbia group beating Nadal and Spain within the ultimate at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Enviornment.

The Feb. 1-5 second version will contain 12 groups and be performed solely at Melbourne Park amid COVID-19 restrictions, together with WTA and ATP tournaments, within the week main into the Australian Open.

The draw shall 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 based mostly on the rating of every nation’s prime participant, with Australia included on a wildcard entry. Different competing international locations embrace Austria, Russia, Greece, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Japan, France and Canada.

All gamers arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open shall be required to quarantine for 14 days earlier than the delayed begin of the season’s first main. The Australian Open is often staged within the final two weeks of January, however 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, each from 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 Could to September, and the cancellation of Wimbledon for the primary time since World Conflict II.