19 countries are in.
5 more will follow in November
27 of the top 30 are in as well as all members of the top 10.
Andy Murray has used his protected ranking to play so Great Britain are in.
Who else is in?
Serbia – Djokovic & Lajovic
Spain – Nadal & Agut
Switzerland – Federer & Laaksonen
Russia – Medvedev & Khachanov
Austria – Thiem & Novak
Germany – Zverev & Stuff
Greece – Tsitsipas & Pervolarakis
Japan – Nishikori & Nishioka
Italy – Fognini & Berrettini
France – Monfils & Paire
Belgium – Goffin & Darcis
Croatia – Coric & Cilic
Argentina – Schwartzman & Pella
Georgia – Basilashvili & Metreveli
South Africa – Anderson & Harris
USA – Isner & Fritz
Canada – Auger-Aliassime & Raonic
Great Britain – Murray & Edmund
Australia – Kyrgios & De Minaur
27 of the top 30 are in, but who isn’t?
Stan Wawrinka would have qualified as Switzerland’s second player but instead it is Henri Laaksonen looking like Wawrinka will not play the event.
Another is Grigor Dimitrov but it is likely that Bulgaria will take part unless he opts out for the event when the final five countries are announced. It looks like Bulgaria have been pushed down due to Andy Murray using his protected ranking to ensure a spot for Great Britain but Bulgaria can claim one at the next selection in November.
The final player not in yet? Lucas Pouille. That is because France’s top two (Monfils & Paire) are already in and right now only the top two are in. I’d expect Pouille to join up in November when the remainder of the teams are announced!
Something that isn’t clear is… could a player qualify their country at the first or second sign up dates but then pull out and play in Doha (same week) instead? It is natural there will be pull-outs but have there been sign ups just to get countries involved?
There are top players in the teams and also low ranked players some outside top 300 and the points and prize money will be like a late Christmas present as we know the challenges of paying the way on the tour lower down.
The draw was done during the early hours of Monday morning in Sydney with the groups set but still awaiting the final five teams.
Group A – Brisbane
Group B – Perth
Group C – Sydney
Group D – Perth
Group E – Sydney
Group F – Brisbane
All of the knockout matches are in Sydney so the teams in Perth will have the longest journey to make which is just over 4 hours. Brisbane is about a 90 minute flight and the teams in Sydney will obviously stay where they are.
There are five teams left to be announced in mid-November during the tour finals in London and so far they look like being;
Bulgaria, Chile, Poland, Romania & Uruguay based on the current standings.
ATP Cup FAQ’s via website
Countries qualify based on the highest ranked singles player from the country wanting to participate.
At time of qualification that countries second highest ranked player will qualify based on whether they want to participate.
For example, Federer has committed so Wawrinka qualifies but Wawrinka is not set to play so Laaksonen qualifies as second ranked player.
How does the tournament work?
The 24 teams are divided into six groups of four for group stage, round-robin play. The six winners of each group and the two best second-placed finishers across the groups emerge to contest the eight-country knockout stage.
What is the format?
Each tie will comprise two singles and one doubles match. The country winning two matches wins the tie. Every country will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles will feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.
What is the order of play?
There is a day session and an evening session each day per venue. The first singles matches will be played at 10am local time, starting with the No. 2 players in each tie, followed by the No. 1 players, with the doubles to follow. All doubles matches will be played regardless of whether the tie is decided after the two singles matches.
How does a country qualify for the ATP Cup and which of its players get to play?
A minimum of three ATP ranked players, including two members with singles ATP Ranking points, are required for a country to be eligible to qualify. A country may have up to five players. If a team has five players, at least three must have an ATP Singles ranking. If less than five players, a team must have at least two players with an ATP Singles ranking.
Points, Prize Money & Appearance Fees
How much is the prize money?
The total player prize money is US$15 million. There are three different components of total prize money awarded to players. This includes a participation fee, prize money for individual match wins and prize money for tie victories.
Prize Money (All figures in U.S. Dollars)
Total Prize Money: $15,000,000
NO. 1 PLAYER
*Entry order (team) as of 13 September 2019
** Entry order (team) as of 13 November 2019
^ Top 20 player will receive $150,000
NO. 2 PLAYER
Ranking as of date of entry of team
NOS. 3-5 PLAYER
Ranking as of November 11, 2019
Per Individual Wins:
|#1 Singles Win||#2 Singles Win||Doubles Win (per player)|
|Group Stage Win||$39,400||$27,600||$8,375|
Per Team Wins:
|Group Stage Win||$9,850|
All 3-5 players on the team (whether the player plays a match or not) earn the same amount for a team win.
ATP Ranking Points
Maximum 750 points for undefeated player
Singles Player Ranked 301+
|Win vs. Any Team|
|Group Stage Win||25|
Maximum 250 points for undefeated doubles player.