Rafael Nadal landed in Perth, Australia for a first time on Monday. Here was the greeting at the airport where the World No. 1 is set to represent Spain in the new ATP Cup.
The Spaniard who just won the Abu Dhabi title, has a big month ahead with a shot at a second Career Slam at the Australian Open and of course equal Roger Federer’s record 20.
Meanwhile, rival Novak Djokovic landed in Brisbane, hoping to lead Serbia into week 2 of the ATP Cup and potentially meet Nadal in Sydney.
Novak Djokovic has arrived in Brisbane to begin his bid to win a record 8th Australian Open title.
— Nine News Queensland (@9NewsQueensland) December 30, 2019
“It’s great to be back. It’s been awhile since I was last here in Brisbane. I can’t wait for the inaugural ATP Cup event this year,” Djokovic said. “Australia always puts on a great show for tennis during January. Any tennis event is successful in Australia and I’m sure the ATP Cup will be a blast. I’m inviting all the nations to come out and support us, especially the Serbian community.”
The ATP Cup is an annual 24-country team competition featuring USD $15 million prize money and a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles FedEx ATP Rankings points. This ATP event is being staged in coordination with Tennis Australia. The ATP Cup will begin the ATP Tour each season and in 2020 will run 3-12 January. The tournament will be played over six days in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Eight teams will then advance to the final eight four-day knockout stage in Sydney.
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