ATP Cup; 24 teams & 124 players confirmed for Australia

The inaugural ATP Cup will begin in the New Year. Brisbane, Perth and Sydney will host 10 days of incredible tennis as 24 teams battle for one Cup.

Who are the teams? Who are in which groups and who is playing?

Group A – Brisbane

Serbia

Novak Djokovic
Dusan Lajovic
Viktor Troicki
Nikola Cacic
Nikola Milojevic

France

Gael Monfils
Lucas Pouille
Benoit Paire
Nicolas Mahut
Edouard Roger-Vasselin

A few surprise players missing. Expected former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut’s doubles partner Pierre Hugues-Herbert to feature.

South Africa

Kevin Anderson
Lloyd Harris
Ruan Roelofse
Raven Klaasen
Khololwam

Chile

Cristian Garin
Nicolas Jarry
Alejandro Tabilo
Hans Podlipnik-Castillo
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera

Group B – Perth

Spain

Rafael Nadal
Roberto Bautista Agut
Pablo Carreno Busta
Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Feliciano Lopez

Japan

Kei Nishikori
Yoshihito Nishioka
Yasutaka Uchiyama
Ben McLachlan
Go Soera

Georgia

Nikoloz Basilashvili
Aleksandre Metreveli
George Taivadze
Zura Tkemaladze
Aleksandre Bakshi

Uruguay

Pablo Cuevas
Martin Cuevas
Franco Roncadelli
Ariel Behar
Juan Martin Fumeaux

Group C – Sydney

Belgium

David Goffin
Steve Darcis
Kimmer Coppejans
Joran Vilegen
Sander Gille

Great Britain

Andy Murray
Dan Evans
Cameron Norrie
Jamie Murray
Joe Salisbury

Joe Salisbury will make his debut in team competition for Great Britain. Jamie’s doubles partner Neal Skupski who is featuring in Davis Cup will not play. Kyle Edmund not in, Cam Norrie in with Cam missing out in Madrid.

Bulgaria

Grigor Dimitrov
Dimitar Kuzmanov
Alexandar Lazarov
Alexander Donski
Adrian Andreev

Moldova

Radu Albot
Alexander Cozbinov
Egor Matvievici
Dmitrii Baskov

Group D – Perth

Russia

Daniil Medvedev
Karen Khachanov
Evgeny Donskoy
Teymuraz Gabashvili
Ivan Nedelko

No place for Andrey Rublev.

Italy

Matteo Berrettini
Fabio Fognini
Stefano Travaglia
Simone Bolelli
Paolo Lorenzi

United States

John Isner
Taylor Fritz
Reilly Opelka
Rajeev Ram
Austin Krajicek

Sam Querrey and Frances Tiafoe not featuring. No Bryan Brothers either who will feature in their last year on tour.

Norway

Casper Ruud
Viktor Durasovic
Lukas Hellum Lilleengen
Leyton Rivera
Herman Hoeyeraal

Group E – Sydney

Austria

Dominic Thiem
Dennis Novak
Sebastian Ofner
Oliver Marach
Jurgen Melzer

Croatia

Borna Coric
Marin Cilic
Viktor Galovic
Ivan Dodig
Nikola Metic

Argentina

Diego Schwartzman
Guido Pella
Juan Ignacio Londero
Maximo Gonzalez
Andreas Molteni

Juan Martin Del Potro wasn’t in the first selection a few months back. Return from injury has been delayed.

Poland

Hubert Hurkacz
Kamil Majchrzak
Kacper Zuk
Lukasz Kubot
Wojciech Marek

Group F – Brisbane

Germany

Alexander Zverev
Jan-Lennard Struff
Mats Moraing
Kevin Krawietz
Andreas Mies

Ones to watch… Struff has been in good form and Krawitez/Mies are one of the best doubles teams out there right now.

Greece

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Michail Pervolarkis
Markos Kalovelonis
Petros Tsitsipas
Alexandros Skorilas

Canada

Denis Shapovalov
Felix Auger-Aliassime
Steven Diez
Adil Shamasdin
Peter Polansky

No Milos Raonic or Vasek Pospisil.

Australia

Alex de Minaur
Nick Kyrgios
John Millman
John Peers
Chris Guccione

Bizarre selection of Chris Guccione. By the time the event kicks off Chris would not have played a match for just under three years. He is using a protective ranking to qualify as he currently has no ranking.

Withdrawal loophole

Federer’s withdrawal before the end of the second qualification stage for the rest of the teams meant that Switzerland were kicked out.

If he had withdrawn after the 13th November cut off point then Switzerland would have stayed in and Henri Laaksonen would have been their highest ranked player.

Players still can withdraw. Injuries or over issues including change of schedule could shake things up!

Who isn’t playing?

A lot of high profile players are set to head down under but of the qualified countries which stand out players aren’t playing?

Andrey Rublev – Andrey at 23 in the world is the highest ranked available player not to play. The Russian is the third ranked behind Khachanov and Medvedev.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Milos Raonic
Laslo Djere
Filip Krajinovic
Sam Querrey
Frances Tiafoe
Jeremy Chardy
Richard Gasquet
Jordan Thompson
Pierre Hugues-Herbert
Kyle Edmund
Alexei Popyrin

All players could have scheduling in Qatar instead.

Where are the NextGen stars?

Not only are the names above missing but some NextGen stars from Milan this year who could have qualified.

Corentin Moutet, Ugo Humbert, Miomir Kecmanovic, Jannik Sinner & Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will not feature at the ATP Cup.

Only Casper Ruud and Alex de Minaur will with both the leading players for their respective countries.

Heading to Sydney…

Once the group stage is over all teams will head to Sydney where all knockout stage matches will be played.

Teams based in Sydney for the Group Stage that qualify won’t have to travel. Teams from Brisbane will have a 90 minute flight on their hands where as teams in Perth have a four hour journey to add in.

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