U.S. drawn with Germany, Canada, GB
in 2022 ATP Cup in Sydney
Victoria Chiesa | December 7, 2021
After finishing 2021 with a national team competition in Davis Cup, Team USA will kick off 2022 with another after qualifying for the ATP Cup. The U.S. is one of 16 teams competing in the event, which is in its third year in 2022 and is expected to feature 18 of the world's Top 20 players.
Nations were drawn into four round-robin groups at the ATP Cup studio on Tuesday by Australian legends Mark Philippoussis and John Fitzgerald. The provisional U.S. team is made up of Taylor Fritz, John Isner, Brandon Nakashima, Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek, and Team USA is joined in Group C by Canada, Germany and Great Britain. The Canadians will be led by the duo of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, while world No. 3 and reigning Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev leads the German team. Though former world No. ADVERTISEMENT 1 Andy Murray is not expected to play for Great Britain, the British team features both Cameron Norrie, the world No. 12 and Indian Wells champion, and world No. 25 Dan Evans.
The 2022 ATP Cup will be held from Jan. 1-9 in Sydney. Team USA will play three day-session matches, and will open its tournament against Canada on Jan. 2, before playing against Germany (Jan. 4) and Great Britain (Jan. 6). Each tie comprises two singles matches and one doubles match, where the No. 2 singles players compete against each other prior to the No. 1 singles and doubles matches, in that order. The winners of Groups A and D will play in the night-session semifinal on Jan. 7, while the semifinal between the winners of Groups B and C is a day session affair on Jan. 8. The final will be played on Jan. 9.
"There’s no better place for us to launch the 2022 season than with the ATP Cup in Sydney," ATP Chief Tour Officer Ross Hutchins said in a statement. "The players have loved competing at this event in recent years and the 2022 player field speaks for itself. We’re delighted that fans will be able to see so many of the world’s best representing their countries in the opening week of the season and we look forward to a fantastic event."
The U.S. did not feature in the 2021 edition of the ATP Cup and finished in fourth place in Group D in the inaugural edition in 2020. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in entered to lead Serbia's effort in Group A alongside Norway, Chile and Spain, while world No. 2 and US Open champion Daniil Medvedev leads Russia in a Group B that also features Australia, Austria and Italy. Greece, Poland, Argentina and Georgia make up Group D.