The Association of Tennis Professionals and Tennis Australia have today (Monday) confirmed that Sydney and Brisbane will host the new ATP Cup national team event, with a third city to be confirmed soon.
The ATP first unveiled the new competition, which is set to compete with the revamped Davis Cup, back in November. The event is due to start the men’s tennis season from 2020, with Australia having been lined up to host ahead of the Australian Open.
Sydney will stage the ATP Cup at a renovated Ken Rosewall Arena. Today’s announcement comes after the New South Wales government on Friday revealed plans for a Aus$50m (€30.8m/$35.1m) renovation of the facility at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Brisbane will expand its international tennis offering to include the ATP Cup and its existing women’s WTA event. Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley added that the organisation is in talks with the WTA about “exciting new concepts” for women’s tennis in the country.
Regarding Tennis Australia’s wider vision for 2020 and beyond, Tiley said: “We want to build on the great tennis we have in Australia. We have seen fans both here and overseas embrace the offerings. Our events have been brilliantly supported by players, broadcasters, commercial partners and governments alike.
“The timing is right for expansion. We want more players rewarded, more opportunities for them, more opportunities for fans to get to see them… more global exposure for the sport. A major step toward achieving that vision is to deliver world-class tennis to cities across Australia which is what the ATP Cup will do. It is the next piece in a vision that will ultimately grow tennis and provide inspiration for future generations.”
ATP World Tour executive chairman and president, Chris Kermode, added: “We know from our extensive discussions with the players that the ATP Cup will provide a great way for them to open their season – bringing together the world’s best for a major team event that compliments existing scheduling, provides highly-coveted ATP ranking points and clearly links to the Australian Open.
“The first week of the season is when the players want to play and that’s why the tournament has their strong support. By staging the event with Tennis Australia, which is renowned for its experience as an outstanding event promoter, we know that the tournament will be a great success from year one.”