In a conference call at the ATP Finals in London the ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode and the Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley announced the new ATP World Team Cup introduction to the tennis calendar starting in 2020 from Friday January 3 to Sunday January 12.
It will offer 750 rankings points to the winners and it will feature 24 teams (up to five per team). Six groups of four teams will take place, the best eight teams will qualify to the knock out stage. A $15 million total prize money will be at stake.
The event will be played in three Australian cities over ten days (one will be of travel). In the same week ATP Doha will take place, and ATP Pune moves to post-Australian Open week. Brisbane, Hopman Cup are set to disappear, while no word has been said on ATPs Auckland and Sydney.
'This new event fits perfectly with our strategy to innovate and look towards the future', stated Chris Kermode. 'We know from our extensive discussions with the players that the ATP Cup will provide a great way for them to open their season – bringing together the world’s best for a major team event that compliments existing scheduling, provides highly-coveted ATP ranking points and clearly links 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.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title