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The ATP Cup is an international men’s team tournament. It debuted in 2020 in three Australian cities: Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney. The draw for the ATP Cup 2022 team event to be held from 1 to 9 January 2022 in Sydney has taken place.
ATP Cup 2022
|DATE||1–9 January 2022|
|Prize money||$10 000 000|
The 16 participating teams are divided into four groups. The best teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals.
Group A: Serbia, Norway, Chile, Spain
Group B: Russia, Italy, Austria, Australia.
Group C: Germany, Canada, UK, USA.
Group D: Greece, Poland, Argentina, Georgia.
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ATP Cup: History of the competition
The Men’s Tennis Association first announced its desire to host the ATP Cup in the summer of 2018. Even then, it was clear that the Davis Cup would change its format, allowing players to have more free time. Initially, the tournament was planned to be called the World Team Cup, thus making maximum reference to the event of the same name, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 1978 to 2012. But in the end, they settled on the name ATP Cup. In the calendar, the new tournament took the place of the Hopman Cup, traditionally held in the first week of the new season. Unlike the Hopman Cup, the ATP Cup has the status of an official championship and allows players to earn points for their rankings. If they beat the top 10, they can improve their ranking.
In the 2020 season, 24 teams participated in the ATP Cup. In the group stage they were divided into six quartets and played three matches in a doubles+ doubles format. The winners and the two best teams among the runners-up went on to the quarter-finals.
In the decisive match, the Serbs faced the Spaniards, which promised a face-off between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Before that, Nadal’s compatriot Roberto Bautista-Agut defeated Dusan Lajovic, so Rafael was in a better psychological position. But Djokovic was in better shape at the start of the season, which helped him win. Novak played a doubles match against Viktor Troicki and scored another win against Pablo Carreño-Busta and Feliciano Lopez.
The Russian team won the ATP Cup 2021 with a convincing win against the Italians in the final. First place went to Daniil Medvedev who defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-2. Earlier another member of the Russian team Andrey Rublev easily defeated experienced Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-2.