The tournament that was launched last year as a rival to the Davis Cup has been slimmed down to 12 teams this year and will be played in Melbourne as a curtain-raiser to the Australian Open, rather than the multi-city format employed in 2020.
It was delayed to 1-5 February because of COVID-19 restrictions in the host city and the prize money on offer has also been halved to US$7.5 million, reflecting a leaner, pandemic-affected budget.
Defending champions Serbia were handed a “brutal” draw in the ATP Cup, with Novak Djokovic’s team facing Germany and Canada in the group stage.
Group A: Serbia, Germany, Canada
Group B: Spain, Greece, Australia
Group C: Austria, Italy, France
Group D: Russia, Argentina, Japan