American Reilly Opelka, ranked No. 37 in the world, is not happy with the allocation of points for the new ATP Cup - which will be held for the first time in January next year in the cities of Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. A player can earn up to 750 ranking points for the ATP Cup and two players have a chance to represent their country in the tournament.
With Opelka being the third highest-ranked American in the world currently, he may not get a chance to play in the tournament and earn the ranking points. Writing on Twitter, Opelka says, " The ATP Cup counts as a bonus event in terms of points for those who play it.
Very unfair to those who can not participate and do not have the same opportunity to earn points. There should be equal opportunities for all players, so either you don't give any points (as happens with the Laver Cup) or you count the other tournaments that take place in that same week (Pune and Doha) as the nineteenth tournament to add to your points table.
In this way, the ATP Cup makes the situation even more unbalanced towards the top players than it already is “. The tournament will feature 24 countries and many top players are expected to play the event as a warm-up for the Australian Open.
With bonus points being allocated for the tournament, the ATP Cup is being treated at the same level as the ATP Finals - where the points of these tournaments are added to the 18 best tournaments of the year for any player.
Hence, a player playing in both the ATP Cup and the ATP Finals could earn points for 20 tournaments as compared to 18 tournaments for the other players.