Federer to begin 2020 season in Sydney, Djokovic in Brisbane and Nadal in Perth

The ATP Cup, which will take place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the Australian Open will feature 24 nations split into six groups across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and will feature the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer’s Switzerland has been placed in Group C alongside Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Argentina and Britain.   -  AP

World number one Novak Djokovic's campaign next year will begin in Brisbane, while recently crowned US Open champion Rafael Nadal will play in in Perth and 20-time Grand Slam champ Roger Federer will be in Sydney, it was decided after the ATP Cup draw on Monday.

The ATP Cup, which will take place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne, will feature 24 nations split into six groups across Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Eight teams -- with up to five players each -- will emerge from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase in Sydney until one is left standing. Most of the world’s top 30 men will take part, with ties comprising two singles and one doubles match.

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At the draw in Sydney, Djokovic’s Serbia were pitted against France, South Africa, Germany, Greece, Canada and wildcard entry Australia in Brisbane.

Nadal’s Spain will face Japan, Georgia, Russia, Italy and the United States in Perth while Federer’s Switzerland take on Belgium, Austria, Croatia, Argentina and the Andy Murray-led Britain.

US Open champion Rafael Nadal gave up a two-sets-to-love lead and then saw Daniil Medvedev rally from 5-2 down before he closed out his fourth US Open title.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the US Open last week.   -  Getty Images

 

The final five nations in the ATP Cup standings, based on the ranking of their number one singles player, will be determined by the second entry deadline of November 13. The new-look start to the year offers USD15 million in prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points.

It will be held on the back of a revamped Davis Cup, run by the International Tennis Federation, in November, bringing together 18 nations in one place for a week at the end of the 2019 season.

ATP Cup draw:

Group A (Brisbane) - Serbia, France, South Africa +1 TBC

Group B (Perth) - Spain, Japan, Georgia +1 TBC

Group C (Sydney) - Switzerland, Belgium, Britain +1 TBC

Group D (Perth) - Russia, Italy, USA +1 TBC

Group E (Sydney) Austria, Croatia, Argentina +1 TBC

Group F (Brisbane) - Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia.