ATP Cup FAQ
What is the ATP Cup?
The ATP Cup is an annual 24-country team competition featuring AU$22 million US$15 million prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP Rankings points. ATP is staging the event in partnership with 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 final Sunday of Week 1. The inaugural event in 2020 will be held from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 January. The ATP Cup will be played alongside an ATP 250 event in Doha that will occupy Week 1 of the calendar. The group stages competition will be hosted across three Australian cities - Brisbane, Perth and Sydney - over six days. Immediately following the group stages will be the Final Eight knockout stage – played over four days at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.
How does the tournament work?
The 24 teams are divided into six groups of four for group stage, round-robin play. The six winners of each group and the two best second-placed finishers across the groups emerge to contest the Final Eight.
What is the format?
Each tie will comprise two singles and one doubles match. The country winning two matches wins the tie. Every country will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stages. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles will feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.
What is the order of play?
There is a day session and an evening session each day per venue. The first singles matches will be played at 10am local time, starting with the No. 2 players in each tie, followed by the No. 1 players, with the doubles to follow. All doubles matches will be played regardless of whether the tie is decided after the two singles matches except if the final is decided after the two singles matches. In that event, the doubles will not be played.
How does a country qualify for the ATP Cup and which of its players get to play?
A minimum of three ATP ranked players, including two members with singles ATP Ranking points, are required for a country to be eligible to qualify. A country may have up to five players. If a team has five players, at least three must have an ATP Singles ranking. If less than five players, a team must have at least two players with an ATP Singles ranking.
How do entries work?
At the first entry deadline (13 September), the Top 18 countries in the ATP Cup Standings gained acceptance into the event based on the singles ATP Ranking of the country’s No. 1 singles player. The qualifying country’s second-highest-ranked singles player gained acceptance at the same time. Because it was not among the Top 18 teams, host country Australia was granted a wild card into the event. If either of the two accepted singles players drop outside their country’s top two ranked singles players at the second entry deadline (13 November), either player may withdraw from the event. Remaining team members (up to an additional three players) will gain acceptance at the 13 November entry deadline, based on the current ATP Rankings.
Rankings to be used for entries are the 52-week ATP Rankings. A Protected Ranking can be used to enter provided the player’s Protected Ranking is valid through the entry deadline for which he is eligible. Protected Ranking will not be used for team seeding.
At the second entry deadline (13 November), the remaining five countries (Nos. 20-24) will qualify and all qualified players from all teams will be committed.
A player who changes nationality after the entry deadline will not be eligible to play for his new country in the current year. A player may only play ATP Cup for one country during his career.
What happens if a No. 1 player withdraws after the first entry deadline and after countries have been placed into groups?
The team is withdrawn from the top 18 unless the No. 2 player’s singles ATP Ranking still qualifies the team in the original ATP rankings cut of the top 18. The country will be replaced in its specific group by the highest country that qualifies at the second entry deadline. The replaced country may re-enter for the second deadline as one of the final teams.
Can a No. 1 player who qualified his country at the first entry deadline lose his place in the team if his ATP Ranking falls below that of three or more other countrymen at the time of the second entry deadline?
No. If the player still wishes to be part of the team, he is guaranteed to be the No. 3 player in the team. However, the country’s two highest-ranked singles players at the time of the second entry deadline will remain as the top 2 singles players for the competition.
Is there a way for a country’s best young player to compete at the event?
Yes. A player born in 2001 or later has the opportunity to be included in the team if he enters and has a Top 500 ATP singles ranking or a Top 50 ITF junior ranking at the second entry deadline. The young player can displace a countryman if that player’s ATP Rankings fall outside the Top 500 for singles or Top 100 for doubles.
When will the teams be announced?
The Top 18 teams and Australia were announced 13 September. The remaining five teams will be announced at the 13 November deadline.
I want to see a particular player in action. When are they playing?
The format of ATP Cup provides fans the unique opportunity to buy tickets in advance with confidence that they can see a particular team play. The 19 countries which gained entry to the tournament were assigned to host cities and groups on 16 September, when the full group-stage schedule was announced. Groups and the daily schedules can be found at ATPCup.com.
The top two singles players from the 19 countries entered in the tournament are known. Those players are committed to playing the event unless overtaken in the ATP Rankings by a countryman at the time of the second entry deadline on 13 November.All members of the Top 10 on 13 September - including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - and 27 of the Top 30 are entered.
The remaining five countries will be announced mid-November, along with the full playing list. Each tie involves match-ups of the two top-ranked singles players and the two second-ranked singles players, followed by doubles. Selection for those match-ups will be finalised 12 noon the day before the Tie.
Will there be a Wild Card team?
Yes. A wild card was awarded to the host country Australia because it did not qualify by ATP Rankings at the first entry deadline inside the Top 18 teams.
What are the ATP Cup Standings?
The ATP Cup Standings is a provisional entry list for the ATP Cup, ordered by the ATP Ranking (or Protected Ranking) of a country's highest-ranked singles player. ATP Cup Standings also show which players within each country would qualify for a place in their country’s team, subject to player entry rules.
When will the seedings and draw be made?
The locations, seeds and groupings for the Top 18 teams (plus Australia) were made 16 September. The remaining five teams to qualify will be drawn and announced soon after the second entry deadline using the 11 November ATP Rankings, with each additional team drawn at random to a group.
Will a Team Captain be assigned?
Each team will have a captain, selected by the No. 1 singles player in consultation with their team members. The No. 1 singles player will be the captain should one not be selected. The captain must be of the same nationality and 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. If a captain is requested that does not fulfill either criteria requirement, a request for an exemption can be made.
Is on-court coaching allowed?
Yes. Coaching will be permitted by the team captain, the competing player’s individual coach or fellow player team members. Coaching advice is not limited to changeovers and set breaks, but it shall not interfere with the speed of play.
Can a player play singles and doubles?
Yes. The team captain decides who plays doubles. The on-site ATP Ranking order must be respected for singles matches. For example, the No. 1 ranked player on a team based on on-site ATP Rankings at the start of the competition cannot play No. 2 singles. Protected Ranking will be considered the official ranking for line-up position.
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 Rankings points. Doubles: An undefeated player who plays and wins all possible doubles matches will earn 250 ATP Rankings points.
Who can earn points at this event?
All players will have the opportunity to earn ATP Rankings 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 the amount of rankings points depends on the ranking of the opponent and the round of the result. Doubles: ATP Doubles Rankings points are awarded for a match win in each round and do not depend on the ranking of the opponents or the round of the result.
How will the ATP Cup points work in a player’s ranking?
ATP Cup will count as an additional event in a player’s rankings breakdown.
How much is the prize money?
The total player prize money is AU$22 million/US$15 million. 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 tie victories.
Prize Money (All figures in U.S. Dollars)
Total Prize Money: $15,000,000
NO. 1 PLAYER
*Entry order (team) as of 13 September 2019
** Entry order (team) as of 13 November 2019
^ Top 20 player will receive $150,000
NO. 2 PLAYER
Ranking as of date of entry of team
NOS. 3-5 PLAYER
Ranking as of November 11, 2019
Per Individual Wins:
|#1 Singles Win||#2 Singles Win||Doubles Win (per player)|
|Group Stage Win||$39,400||$27,600||$8,375|
Per Team Wins:
|Group Stage Win||$9,850|
All 3-5 players on the team (whether the player plays a match or not) earn the same amount for a team win.
ATP Ranking Points
Maximum 750 points for undefeated player
Singles Player Ranked 301+
|Win vs. Any Team|
|Group Stage Win||40|
A maximum 250 points can be earned.
*All the above information is subject to change by the ATP rules and regulations.
Editor's Note: These FAQ were updated 23 October, 2019