Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to lead the field at the ATP Cup next month

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will lead a star-studded field at the ATP Cup, as the tennis tour aims to get back into top gear ahead of next month’s Australian Open.

The field has been confirmed for the competition due to be held from 1-5 February in Melbourne, with twelve countries ready battle for the prestigious team trophy.

World No 1 Djokovic and World No 2 Nadal headline the event as the top-ranked singles players for Serbia and Spain, respectively, after the pair clashed in the first edition of the ATP Cup last January.

ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev headlines Russia’s team alongside fellow Top 10 star Andrey Rublev, and World No 3 Dominic Thiem will try to take Austria to glory, with the ATP Cup set to feature 14 of the Top 15 players in the ATP rankings.

Qualification for the 2021 ATP Cup is based on the ATP Ranking of each country’s top-ranked singles player, while Australia qualifies by virtue of a host wild card. Alex de Minaur, who earned two Top 15 wins at last year’s inaugural ATP Cup, will once again lead the way for Australia.

“Playing as a team, for one’s country, is a rare privilege in tennis which brings the best out of our players,” said ATP Cup Managing Director Ross Hutchins.

“This was highlighted by the incredible matches and camaraderie on display at last year’s inaugural ATP Cup. We would like to thank our partners, Tennis Australia, for their dedication and commitment to staging this year’s tournament, which promises to deliver a strong start to the new 2021 season. We cannot wait for tennis fans around the world to again share in the excitement and energy of this special event.”

ATP Cup Tournament Director Tom Larner added: “Last year we launched the global tennis season with the inaugural ATP Cup. It was a huge success with both players and fans, and we are excited to present the second edition in Melbourne in 2021. The players are looking forward to stepping up and representing their countries again, and the field, including defending champions Serbia and finalists Spain, is strong. This is a format that shows off the passion.”

This year’s ATP Cup will take place at Melbourne Park alongside two ATP 250 events, with the three tournaments being held the week before the Australian Open.

He draw will take place on 20 January, when the 12 teams will be divided into four groups of three for group stage, round-robin play, before the four group winners will advance to the semi-finals.

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