United Cup will kick off the 2023 tennis season | ATP Tour

The best players in the world will come together to battle side by side in the United Cup, an exciting new team event that will open the world tennis season in 2023.

The United Cup, an ATP-WTA tournament in partnership with Tennis Australia, will showcase equality at the highest level of sport, with mixed teams from 18 countries competing in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney over 11 days, from Thursday 29 December to Sunday. January 8, 2023

The power and passion of team competition will come to life as players unite to represent their countries with national pride and US$15 million in prize money. The world’s first mixed team event also has 500 Pepperstone ATP and WTA ranking points up for grabs.

The first 12 nations will qualify through the top six ranked players who will take part in both the ATP Tour and the Hologic WTA Tour. The remaining six countries will qualify according to the best combined ranking of their No. 1 male and female players. The teams will consist of three to four players from each round.

Each city will host two groups from three countries that will compete in a round robin consisting of two ATP matches and two WTA singles matches, as well as one mixed doubles match. Each city final winner will advance to the United Cup Final Four in Sydney (January 6-8) and the next best team from the group stage will complete the quartet.

Former World #1 Andy Murray said the new event will exploit tennis’s inherent advantage over other sports. “I love seeing men and women compete together. This is something that worries me a lot,” he said. sports and something to celebrate. Such big events will help.

“I’m sure all players will be very passionate about competing for their countries and men and women will work together to support each other.”

Former Australian tennis player and current commentator Casey Dellacua said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our sport. We will for the first time combine the men’s and women’s tours for a global team competition offering huge prize money and big ranking points. This is amazing. innovation for the game of tennis and it will be a blockbuster start to the tennis summer.”

The draw will take place on Thursday, November 10th. Tickets for the United Cup will go on sale on Friday, November 11th. Brisbane (Pat Rafter Arena), Perth (RAC Arena) and Sydney (Ken Rosewall Arena) will host the group stage from Thursday, December 29 to Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

Andrea Gaudenzi, Chairman of the ATP: “The United Cup marks a big step forward in the development of tennis. Most importantly, it will create an incredible new experience for our fans. We’re thrilled to see the best men’s and women’s players compete together with ranking points on the line to start the season like never before.”

Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO: “The United Cup is an important and strategic partnership between the WTA, ATP and Tennis Australia, and reflects our continued commitment to the development of our sport. This exciting singles and mixed doubles team competition will bring new stars and established athletes from both tours to compete on the same stage, providing players and fans with a unique experience where the final result can be determined by women and men.”

Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia CEO: “The United Cup provides a unique opportunity to bring the men’s and women’s tours together in a completely new way that hasn’t been seen before. Here in Australia we have the opportunity to use the unique position of tennis so that the best men and women in the world can compete side by side and represent their country at the highest level. We’re very excited to see this event unfold in January.”

ATP Tour calendar updates for 2023
In parallel, the ATP today announced the transfer of the Sofia ATP 250 tournament license. From 2023, the tournament will be held in Australia in the first week of the season along with the United Cup, which will provide additional playing opportunities ahead of the championship. Australian Open. In addition, the Belgrade ATP 250 tournament scheduled for April 2023 will be moved to Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). View calendar for 2023

For more information about United Cup please visit www.unitedcup.com and follow @UnitedCupTennis on social media.

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