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Nations involved, participants, formula, program, prize-money … What is the ATP Cup?

ATP Cup, Davis Cup, Laver Cup, what’s the difference?

Like the Davis Cup, the ATP Cup is an international team competition. She is also the direct descendant of the World Team Cup, already organized by the ATP from 1978 to 2012. The formula is always the same with a group stage before the final stage. The matches are played over three matches, two singles and one double, in two winning sets. So it all looks like the new Davis Cup formula. With the notable difference that the ATP Cup is stamped … ATP. It is therefore an official competition which offers ATP points as well as a prize money. It kicks off the official start of the 2022 season.

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The official aspect, and the fact that it is contested by nations and not by Europe against the rest of the world, is the main difference with the Laver Cup which, although chaperoned by the ATP, remains an exhibition of luxury.

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Which nations are participating in it?

If the first edition, in 2020, brought together 24 teams, they are only 16 in 2022. Pandemic forces, the competition is no longer dispatched to three cities, but will be held entirely in Sydney. The 16 nations are divided into four groups.

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Group A: Serbia, Norway, Chile, Spain

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Group B: Russia, Italy, France, Australia

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Group C: Germany, Canada, Great Britain, United States

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Group D: Greece, Poland, Argentina, Georgia

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The first four nations of their pool will qualify for the semi-finals. They will pit the winner of Group A against the winner of Group D on January 7, and the winner of Group B against the winner of Group C on January 8.

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New opportunity to defend the French colors for Arthur Rinderknech. (B. Papon / The Team)

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How do nations qualify?

It is by ranking their best player that nations can enter the competition. It is still necessary that the latter has decided to align. Gaël Monfils having given up the ATP Cup in favor of the Melbourne Open, he thus deprived France of competition. But as Austria was disqualified due to the withdrawals of Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak, France was finally drafted.

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Teams are made up of three to five players. A minimum of three ATP-ranked players, two of whom are singles, is required for the team’s composition to be validated.

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How many ATP points are distributed?

A player who wins the ATP Cup by winning all his matches will leave Sydney with 750 ATP points, 250 if he is a doubles player.

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The points awarded after a singles victory also depend on the opponent’s ranking. In the group stage, it is 75 points if the opponent is classified between 1st and 10th place, 65 points if he is between 11th and 25th place, 50 points if he is between 26th and 50th, 25 points, if it is between the 51st and the 100th and 20 points if it is beyond. In the final, on the same classification brackets, the points awarded go up to 250, 200, 150, 75 and 50.

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Félix Auger-Aliassime will be captain and player for Canada.  (J. Prévost / The Team)

Félix Auger-Aliassime will be captain and player for Canada. (J. Prévost / The Team)

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What is the ATP Cup prize money?

The participants will share a prize money of 14,000,000 dollars (approximately 12,390,000 euros). The premium was $ 15,000,000 in the first edition and it had been revised downward in 2021 ($ 7,500,000) because of the pandemic and the circuit that had been blocked for long months.

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The distribution is complex because it depends not only on the results, but also on the ranking of the players. There is, however, a guarantee for the # 1 and # 2 players on their team. For the No. 1 ranked between 1st and 3rd place, it’s $ 222,000. 190,000 for those between 4th and 6th, 160,000 for those between 7th and 12th, and 135,000 for those between 13th and 16th.

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For the n ° 2 classified between 1st and 10th place, it is 160,000 dollars. 135,000 for those between 11th and 20th, 60,000 for those between 21st and 30th, 45,000 for those between 31st and 50th, 30,000 for those between 51st and 100th, 20,000 for those between 101st and 200th, and 15,000 for those classified beyond.

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Return to competition for Matteo Berrettini.  (W. Charlotte / The Team)

Return to competition for Matteo Berrettini. (W. Charlotte / The Team)

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How many top 10 will be present?

Apart from Novak Djokovic, Andrey Rublev and Rafael Nadal, the top 10 have responded to the ATP Cup. Italy will also be the only nation to be able to line up two with Matteo Berrettini (7) and Jannik Sinner (10). She is therefore a favorite. Deprived of Rublev (positive for Covid-19), Russia is much lessened and can only count on Daniil Medvedev. Note that Russia will have a French captain, since it is Gilles Cervara, coach of Medvedev, who will wear the cap.

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Carried by Félix Auger-Aliassime, also captain, and Denis Shapovalov (if he is recovered from Covid-19), Canada will be a serious contender. Spain and the United States are in ambush.

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2022 will therefore begin without the historic “Big Three”. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have decided not to line up, while Roger Federer is only expected to return to competition in several months. “I think this is something that is going to happen more and more in the years to come. Potentially, it will still be like this three years from now. You might as well get used to this new reality as quickly as possible. Let’s see how tennis is faring without the Big Three. I’m curious to see which player will take the best advantage of the situation ”, observed on this subject the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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What is the program ?

The group stage will begin on January 1 with the matches Chile-Spain and Serbia-Norway in group A, and Argentina-Georgia then Greece-Poland in group D. France (group D) will enter the competition on January 2 against Russia. .

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