Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley has confirmed that Brisbane will be one of the host cities for the World Team Cup, which is set to return to the men’s calendar in 2020.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) partnered with Tennis Australia on Sunday to confirm the return of the tournament, which has not been staged since 2012. The event will feature 24 teams and offer $15m (€12.8m) in prize money in 2020, as well as ATP rankings points.
It has previously been reported that up to four cities will serve as host destinations for the returning event, but Tiley has revealed that “two to three cities” are in contention. Tiley confirmed that Brisbane, which stages the Brisbane International ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour event every year, will be one of the hosts.
“At this point, there is talk about two to three cities, about 24 teams and five players per team – this is what the ATP have put on the table that they would like to see,” Tiley told The Courier-Mail newspaper.
“Some aspects of it including the exact dates are being worked through with stakeholders in Australia, but it will be a minimum of a 10-day event (from the 14-day window before the Australian Open starts).
“The prize money of $15m makes it the biggest event outside the grand slams. We will have the world’s best players male in Australia in January for as long as possible and we have protected week one (of January for Australian tennis).’’
When asked if Brisbane would be a host city, Tiley added: “Absolutely, 100 per cent. Brisbane and the state of Queensland are one of our most successful tennis stories. This is the next step to build on that legacy.
“We could end up in Brisbane with Switzerland having Roger Federer and Spain having Rafael Nadal. What happens in Brisbane will be better than we currently have (the Brisbane International).”