Big Three' plus Murray confirmed
for inaugural ATP Cup
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[September 14, 2019]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The 'Big
Three' of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have
confirmed they will play in the inaugural ATP Cup in a boost for the
nation-based event in the leadup to the Australian Open.
The ATP, governing body of the men's tour, said every member of the
top 10 and 27 of the top 30 had committed to play the $15 million
tournament to be hosted in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from Jan.
"Having the top players competing in this new global event is
critical, and the ATP Cup looks set to kick off the ATP Tour season
in a big way in 2020," ATP boss Chris Kermode said in a statement.
Former world number one Andy Murray, on the comeback trail after
having hip surgery, is also confirmed to play for Great Britain with
compatriot Kyle Edmund.
Eighteen countries qualified for the tournament after the first
round deadline on Friday, with hosts Australia given a wildcard
Another five national teams will be added after the Nov. 13 second
The 24 countries will play in six groups of four for group stage,
round-robin play, with the group winners and the two best
second-placed finishers across the groups reaching the ATP Cup
Finals in Sydney.
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Andy Murray (GBR) serves against Richard Gasquet (FRA) during the
Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis
Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo
Each tie comprises two singles and one doubles match.
Each nation is allowed up to five players, with their qualification
to be determined by their world ranking after the November deadline.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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