Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic both intend to open the 2020 season at the ATP Cup. The ATP Cup will mark the beginning of a new season from 2020 onwards. The tournament will feature 24 nations -- which will be divided into six groups of four.
The nations will be clashing across three Australian cities over 10 days. One of the tournament's goals is to provide players a great preparation for the Australian Open.
Dimitrov, ranked at No. 19 in the world, and world No. 18 Raonic have both been regular participants of the Brisbane International in recent years. The Brisbane event is held in the opening week of the season and has established itself as one of the top tournaments from the ATP 250 category.
Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic say they intend to start next season in Australia playing ATP Cup.
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However, with the introduction of the ATP Cup -- the men's Brisbane International appears to be set for an end. Brisbane has been already confirmed as one of the three cities where the ATP Cup will be held. Dimitrov, who debuted at the Brisbane International in 2013, made his seventh consecutive appearance at the tournament this year.
The Bulgarian ended runner-up at the Brisbane International in 2013 but made it all the way at the tournament in 2017. Dimitrov's 2019 Brisbane campaign ended with a quarter-final loss suffered against 2017 Brisbane runner-up Kei Nishikori.
Raonic, who also debuted at the Brisbane event in 2013, made his sixth appearance at the tournament this year. Raonic, the 2016 Brisbane champion, also concluded his 2019 Brisbane campaign in the quarter-final. Also read: Bernard Tomic, Sara Tomic to play mixed doubles at Kooyong Classic