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ATP Cup FAQ

The first ATP Cup is set for 3-12 January 2020

What is the ATP Cup?
The 2020 ATP Cup is an annual 24-nation team competition, featuring 15 million USD prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP Rankings points. The event is being staged in partnership between ATP and Tennis Australia.

When and where will it be played?
The ATP Cup will begin the ATP Tour each season, starting on the Friday before week 1. The tournament will be a 10-day event finishing on the Sunday of week 1. The inaugural event in 2020 will be held 3-12 January. The ATP Cup will be played alongside an ATP 250 event in week 1 of the calendar. The group stages competition will be hosted across three Australian cities each year with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final played in one of those cities.

How does the tournament work?
The 24 teams are divided into six groups of four for round-robin play. The six winners of each group and the two best runners-up emerge to contest the eight-nation knockout stage (quarter-finals, semi-finals and final).

What is the format?
Each tie comprises two singles and one doubles. The nation winning two points wins the tie. Every team nation will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages.

What is the order of play?
The singles matches will be played first, with the doubles to follow. All doubles matches will be played even if the final team match result is decided after the two singles.

How many players are in a team?
Each team may have up to five players, made up of the nation’s three highest ATP ranked singles players. The remaining two places will be filled by players with the next highest singles or doubles ranking. All players in a team must have an ATP Ranking. A minimum of three players is required per team, and a minimum of two ranked singles players and one singles or doubles ranked player must be part of the team.

Will a Team Captain be assigned?
Each team will have a captain, selected by the No. 1 singles player. The No. 1 singles player will be the captain should one not be selected. The captain must meet one of the following criteria: be a Division I ATP player member, an ATP coach member or a qualified coach of a national federation.

Is on-court coaching allowed?
Yes. The designated coach will have the option to sit on the court throughout matches.

How will entries work?
A team nation will gain acceptance into the event through merit of ATP ranking, based on the singles ranking of the country’s No. 1 singles player. Rankings to be used for entries are the 52-week ATP Rankings. A Protected Ranking can be used to enter, but it will not be used for team seeding.

What is the entry deadline? There will be two entry deadlines:
1st Entry Deadline: 16 weeks in advance (September 9). For the top 18, No. 1 players (countries) that qualify with the rankings of September 9. The top 2 singles ranked entered players from each team nation at this time will be committed to the event.
2nd Entry Deadline: 6 weeks in advance (November 18). For six (6) teams (No. 19-24). All Players entered from all team nations will be committed at this date.

When will the teams be announced?
The top 18 teams will be announced soon after the First Entry Deadline (September 9, 2019). The remaining six teams will be announced soon after the Second Entry Deadline (November 18, 2019).

When will the seeding and draw be made?
The locations, seeds and groupings for the top 18 teams will be announced soon after the First Entry Deadline using the September 9 ATP Rankings. At this stage, each of the six groups will have three teams and the remaining six teams will be drawn and announced soon after the Second Entry Deadline using the November 18 ATP Rankings, with each additional team allocated each to a group.

Can a player play singles and doubles?
Yes. It is up the to the team captain to decide who plays doubles. The same line-up position must remain intact for singles matches. For example, the No. 1 ranked player on a team based on up-to-date ranking cannot play No. 2 singles. Protected Ranking will be considered the official ranking for line-up position.

Will there be a Wild Card team?
Yes. There may be a Wild Card for the host nation if it does not qualify by ATP Rankings. This team will be announced at the first deadline if not qualifying in the top 18 teams.

POINTS & RANKING

What is the maximum number of points a player can earn?
Singles: An undefeated player who plays and wins all possible singles matches could earn 750 ATP points.
Doubles: An undefeated player who plays and wins all possible doubles matches could earn 250 ATP points.

Who can earn points at this event?
All players will have the opportunity to earn ATP points and prize money.

How will be the points for each player be awarded in a team competition?
Singles: ATP Rankings points are awarded for a match win in each round and depend on the ranking of the opponent.
Doubles: ATP Doubles Rankings points are awarded for a match win in each round and do not depend on the ranking of the opponents.

How will the ATP Cup points work in a player’s ranking?
ATP Cup will count as an additional event (19th or 20th) in a player’s ranking breakdown.

How much is the prize money?
The total player prize money is 15 million USD. 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 team tie wins.

*All the above information is subject to change by the ATP rules and regulations.

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