The primary version of the ATP Cup is scheduled to open on January three in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Twenty-four groups in six teams will play eight locations within the Last Eight, to be held in Sydney.
All nations have been certified primarily based on the ATP rating of their gamers in singles No. 1. However there are additionally many nations with gamers ranked No. 2 very nicely ranked.
The world quantity 9 Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain is on the forefront. The Spaniard had the perfect season of his profession in 2019, defeating Novak Djokovic, then world No. 1, en path to profitable the Doha title early within the season. He by no means seemed again and located himself within the Prime 10 for the primary time on August 19th. Spain is the one nation to have two gamers within the prime 10 ATP rankings, as Bautista Agut is a part of a staff that features world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
"I'm excited as a result of it will likely be the primary time [having this event] in Australia and Rafa and I are going to play there," mentioned Bautista Agut. "I hope we’ve got a superb staff and that we will play a superb week for Spain."
Within the ATP rankings, Fabio Fognini will not be far behind. It's the quantity 12 worldwide that has reached the quantity 9 profession this 12 months. He was the third Italian to rank within the prime 10 of the ATP rankings. Matteo Berrettini, presently No. 1 participant within the nation and certified for the Nitto ATP Finals, was fourth lower than 5 months later.
The third # 2 participant in a rustic that figured within the Prime 10 at one level in 2019 was the Russian Karen Khachanov, champion of the Rolex Paris Masters in 2018, who reached quantity eight of her profession in July. The world quantity 17 has gained 4 ATP titles in his profession. He’s behind world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev, who has gained two ATP Masters 1000 trophies this season.
The 5 finest singles gamers within the ATP Cup by ATP rating
Felix Auger-Aliassime is # 2 ranked # 2 participant within the #NextGenATP, qualifying for the ATP Cup at No. 21 worldwide. The Canadian, simply six locations behind good buddy and fellow countryman Denis Shapovalov, is the second youngest within the Prime 100 behind solely Jannik Sinner, champion of the Finale of the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals.
The opposite # 2 gamers are the US Open 2014 champion and the previous World No. three sailor Marin Cilic, the 2018 Australian Open semi-finalist and the US Open. Former No. 10 international of France, Lucas Pouille, the No. 25 worldwide of Argentina's Guido Pella, and No. 30 worldwide Nick Kyrgios of Australia. There are 12 No. 2 gamers within the Prime 50 ATP rankings.
"It is going to be an awesome occasion. I do know everybody on the Tour needs to be along with his teammates, "mentioned Kyrgios. "There may be nothing higher than enjoying on your nation towards the opposite finest gamers on the earth."
A gaggle to observe for matches between No. 2 gamers is Group D, with three of the 4 No. 2 gamers within the prime 35 of the ATP rankings. The 4 gamers are No. 12 Fognini, No. 17 Khachanov, No. 32 Taylor Fritz and Norwegian Viktor Durasovic.