The loyalties of Greek Australian tennis fans will be tested this January when Australia lines up against Greece in the 2020 ATP Cup after the two nations were drawn together in group F along with Germany and Canada.
The draw means that fans can look forward to an exciting match up between Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Greece’s world ranked number 6 player Stefanos Tsitsipas. Joining Kyrgios on the Australian team are Alex de Minur and John Millman, while Tsitsipas will represent Greece together with compatriots Michael Pervolarakis and Markos Kalovelonis.
The 2020 ATP Cup event replaces the World Team Cup last played in 2012.
The inaugural event is being staged in Australia from 3-12 January and will be a prelude to the Australian Open.
Three cities will stage the matches involving a group stage of 24 nations divided into six groups of four. The winners of each group, along with the two best runners up progress to the knockout phase beginning with quarter finals, followed by semi-finals and culminating in the final on 12 January.
Recent Davis Cup winner Spain will likely start as the favourite.
Kyrgios, who is ranked at number 30, had to withdraw from the Davis Cup competition recently after suffering a shoulder injury, but is looking forward to once again representing his country in the ATP Cup.
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Commenting on the inaugural event, Kyrgios embraced it as “the way the sport has to go”.
“You look at the best sports in the world from an entertainment purpose – they are killing tennis,” Kyrgios said.
“That is why the ATP and the ITF are trying to create more events because if they continue to go down the path they are right now the sport will die out.
“You look at the Laver Cup, you had 17,000 people cheering every night.
“I just love being with this Australia team. TV viewers like it and I think people want to see more of it. It needs to happen more to move the sport on.”