Prime ranked tennis gamers Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will lead the sphere for the upcoming 2021 ATP Cup scheduled to be performed on the Melbourne Park from February 1 to five.
Djokovic’s Serbia and Nadal’s Spain will compete in opposition to Austria, Russia, Greece, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Japan, France, Canada and Australia within the 12-team competitors, as per an ATP media launch.
Qualification for the event is predicated on the ATP rating of every nation’s top-ranked single participant, whereas Australia qualifies by advantage of a number wildcard.
“Final yr we launched the worldwide tennis season with the inaugural ATP Cup. It was an enormous success with each gamers and followers, and we’re excited to current the second version in Melbourne in 2021,” mentioned ATP Cup Event Director Tom Larner.
“The gamers are wanting ahead to stepping up and representing their nations once more, and the sphere, together with defending champions Serbia and finalists Spain, is robust. It is a format that reveals off the fervour of the gamers and we’re anticipating some spectacular tennis motion,” he added.
The 2021 ATP Cup will function 14 of the highest 15 gamers within the ATP rankings. Every staff will consist of 4 gamers per nation.
Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev headlines Russia’s staff alongside fellow prime 10 star Andrey Rublev, and world quantity three Dominic Thiem will attempt to take Austria to glory. Rising star Alex de Minaur will as soon as once more prepared the ground for Australia.
The draw for the 2021 ATP Cup will happen on January 20, when the 12 groups will probably be divided into 4 teams of three for group stage, round-robin play. The 4 group winners will advance to the semi-finals.
The inaugural ATP Cup was performed in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney in 2020 when Serbia defeated Spain 2-1 in an exciting championship conflict, which included a tantalising match-up between Djokovic and Nadal.
As a result of Covid-19 pandemic, main tennis occasions have been relocated to Melbourne this yr.