Week 1: Nadal and Djokovic at the ATP Cup, Serena Williams in Auckland



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Week 1: Nadal and Djokovic at the ATP Cup, Serena Williams in Auckland

The curtain has finally risen on the new tennis season, and 2020 is already looking forward to a very interesting year. It starts immediately with great emotions and with the champions of tennis on the court. This week we will reach the climax of the newly formed ATP Cup (Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, on hard-courts), a team competition that replaces the Hopman Cup.

The format is very simple: round robins with 24 teams in six groups, with round-robin matches, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. On the court Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tstsipas, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, Grigor Dimitrov, Denis Shapovalov, David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini and many others.

Men will play also the 2020 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, in Doha (ATP 250 on hard-courts). On the court Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic, Andrey Rublev and Frances Tiafoe. Women will play three tournaments. At the Brisbane International (WTA Premier on hard-courts) there will be many stars: Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina, Johanna Konta and Kiki Bertens.

At the 2020 WTA Shenzhen Open (WTA International on hard-courts), there will be Belinda Bencic, Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Qiang Wang and Garbine Muguruza. At the 2020 Auckland ASB Classic (WTA International on hard-courts), Serena Williams should be on the court.

With her Petra Martic, Amanda Anisimova, Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges, Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia. This week there will be three ATP Challenger tournaments: the Apis Canberra Challenger (that has now been shifted to Bendigo, Victoria on account of the bushfires), the BNP Paribas de Nouvelle-Calédonie (New Caledonia, on hard-courts) and the Ann Arbor Challenger (the USA, on indoor hard-courts).