The new era of tennis begins with the ATP Cup

SYDNEY Tennis The innovative new team championship begins the men's 2020 season on Friday, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among those looking for a winning start before the first Grand Slam of the year.

the ATP Cup We will see 24 nations divided into six groups in three Australian cities, with eight teams leaving the round robin to compete in a knockout phase until one country stands.

Es el torneo más nuevo del deporte y el tercer evento masculino por equipos que compite por the corazones, las mentes y the dólares de the fanáticos, junto con una renovada Copa Davis y la Copa Laver anual, que enfrenta a Europa contra el Mundo.

But he has already suffered setbacks, with the great robbery Roger Federer opting to fail and Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori retired injured.

Despite this, world number two Djokovic said the movement towards more team tennis was good for a sport better known for the individuality of its world superstars.

More than 90 percent of the time, we play as individuals and we don't have too many team events, said the great Serbian, who also directs ATP Players Council

This will bring together many nations and, for me personally, it will be a very pleasant and proud moment to represent my country. An event like this is really going to have an impact.

Sydney hosts the finals, along with group games, which are also held in Brisbane and Perth with US $ 15 million in prize money and up to 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points at stake.

Australian star Nick Kyrgios agrees with Djokovic, believing it will be an incredible event.

Sé que todos en el Tour quieren estar con sus compañeros de equipo. No hay nada mejor que jugar para su país contra the otros mejores jugadores del mundo, dijo.

Mientras que Federer, Nishikori y Murray están desaparecidos, la mayoría de the 30 mejores hombres del mundo están jugando.

the championship, from January 3-12, will feature two ties each day in the three cities during the round robin, comprising two singles matches then a doubles.

Belgium starts Sydney's action against Moldova before Britain faces Bulgaria.

Kyrgios tops the local hopes of Australia in Brisbane against Germany led by Alexander Zverev, while Greece faces Canada in the same city.

Primero en Perth serán the Estados Unidos contra Noruega, seguidos de Rusia e Italia.

Djokovic makes his debut in the tournament in Brisbane for Serbia on the second day, like the number one in the Spanish world, Nadal, in Perth.

Según el formato, the jugadores individuales de segundo lugar de cada país se enfrentan primero, luego the hombres mejor clasificados antes de un doble potencialmente decisivo.

A country that wins two of three matches will claim the tie.

As well as the players, some big-name former stars are captaining their countries, including Boris Becker (Germany), Marat Safin (Russia), Tim Henman (Britain), Lleyton Hewitt (Australia), and Thomas Muster (Austria).

Previously the men's season kicked off with players spread across various smaller-scale tournaments, and outgoing ATP chairman Chris Kermode said it made far more sense to have everyone under one umbrella.

" the ATP Cup fits perfectly with our strategy to innovate and look towards the future," he said.

" the first week of the season is when the players want to play and that's why the tournament has their strong support."

Group A (Brisbane) - Serbia, France, South Africa, Chile

Group B (Perth) - Spain, Japan, Georgia, Uruguay

Group C (Sydney) - Bulgaria, Belgium, Great Britain, Moldova

Group D (Perth) - Russia, Italy, United States, Norway

Group E (Sydney) - Austria, Croatia, Argentina, Poland

Group F (Brisbane) - Germany, Greece, Canada, Australia