Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek have been named amongst the star-studded subject set to contest the inaugural United Cup – a brand new combined tennis event to be performed down beneath this summer season.
The staff competitors format is a round-robin event that features entries from tennis’ top-ranked nations, with Crew Greece – captained by world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No.6 Maria Sakkari – named as the highest seeds.
World No.1 Swiatek and No.11 Hubert Hurkacz will lead second-seeded Poland, with the third-seeded nation the USA stacked with expertise, together with world No.3 Jessica Pegula, ninth-ranked Taylor Fritz, world No.11 Madison Keys and world No.19 Frances Tiafoe.
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Nadal will staff up with world No.13 Paula Badosa to characterize Spain, whereas Italy will star world No.16 Matteo Berrettini and Martina Trevisan.
France rounds out the highest six seeds, led by WTA finals winner and world No.4 Caroline Garcia and Arthur Rinderknech.
Different notable entries embrace Norway’s world No.4 Casper Ruud, Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic and Stan Wawrinka, together with Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
Every tie will comprise two males’s and two ladies’s singles matches and one combined doubles match.
Prime-ranked Aussies Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanovic will captain the inexperienced and gold, whereas fan favourites Alex de Minaur, Jason Kubler, John Friends, Zoe Hives, Maddison Inglis and Samantha Stosur full the remainder of Crew Australia.
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The occasion will provide over $23 million in prize cash and as much as 500 Pepperstone ATP and 500 WTA rankings factors.
“The enjoying group may be very excited concerning the United Cup, and that is confirmed within the prime quality and calibre of those that’ve dedicated to the occasion,” United Cup event director Stephen Farrow mentioned.
“We’re delighted with the depth and breadth of the groups, and we are able to look ahead to many thrilling matchups and many entertaining tennis.”
The event will likely be performed throughout Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from December 29 to January 4, within the lead as much as subsequent yr’s Australian Open. Every metropolis will host two teams of three nations.
The winners of every group – with the addition of the very best performing staff from the group stage – will then face off, with town winners advancing to the ultimate 4 which will likely be held in Sydney from January 6 to eight.
“The United Cup additionally marks the return of worldwide tennis to Brisbane and Perth and we all know the followers cannot wait to absorb all of the motion,” Farrow mentioned.
“All three cities will relish the chance to see the world’s greatest gamers unite and compete aspect by aspect as we launch the tennis season globally right here in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.”
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