Australian cities Sydney and Brisbane have been announced as the first two host locations for the newest team event in men’s tennis. The ATP Cup will feature on the calendar for the first time from January 2020. A third city will be named at a later date to jointly stage matches for the inaugural edition of the tournament that has a total prize fund of $15 million.
Given the congested tennis schedule at the start of each year leading up to the Australian Open, the ATP are aware the ATP Cup will clash with some of its other tournaments. However, it remains confident that the addition of a prestige competition will be a welcome inclusion.
The format of the ATP Cup will see 24-nations split into six groups, with eight emerging to compete in a knockout phase. Sydney, which will host the final, announced a $36 million upgrade of the Olympic Park Tennis Center venue on Friday, which includes putting a roof on the main show court.
Perth, which has hosted the mixed team Hopman Cup for the last 30 years, and Adelaide are the other cities likely to be in the running to host the group stage of the event. The 24-team tournament is seen as a threat to the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) revamped 18-nation Davis Cup competition starting in Madrid in November this year.