How to watch 2021 ATP Cup tennis live in Australia
The ATP Cup is back, pitting national teams against each other in a round-robin format featuring singles and doubles.
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The ATP Cup tennis tournament is back for its second year. The teams format competition has replaced the traditional Sydney International, Brisbane International and Hopman Cup events that previously opened the new tennis season in Australia.
You can catch the ATP Cup on Channel 9 or with a Tennis TV subscription.
When is the 2021 ATP Cup?
This year's ATP Cup was pushed back due to the ongoing pandemic. Originally slated for Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in January 2021, it is now being held in Melbourne from 2-6 February. It will involve round-robin matches until the semi-finals and final will decide the winner.
How to watch the 2021 ATP Cup in Australia
The Nine Network has secured the rights to broadcast the ATP Cup in Australia. It makes sense for Nine, which last year secured the rights to the Australian Open from Channel 7. You can also watch the inaugural event if you have a subscription to Tennis TV. Read on to find out more.
How to watch the ATP Cup on Channel 9
The Nine Network will be showing the ATP Cup on both its 9 and 9HD channels. It all gets underway from 11am AEDT on 2 February. It will also be on streaming service 9Now, which is showing every match on every court for the entire tournament.
How to watch the 2021 ATP Cup on Tennis TV
If you are a tennis nut, the official Tennis TV service could be a great option for you. You can subscribe for $19.99/month or pay $149.99 for an annual pass.
Streaming in HD and with no commercials, you can watch Tennis TV on a range of devices, including a Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Android TV. You can also watch it on any Mac or PC, on your phone, iPad or Android Tablet, or on an Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
Tennis TV also has a range of features, including full replays and classic matches, notifications on your favourite players and real-time stats.
What is the ATP Cup?
The ATP Cup is a new men's teams tournament being held by the ATP Tour in conjunction with Tennis Australia. Launching in 2020, it has been cut down from 24 teams to 12 teams in 2021. It involves singles and doubles matches and provides ATP rankings points for both.
Where is the ATP Cup?
This year, the entire tournament is being held at Melbourne Park. Djokovic's Serbia are the defending champions after overcoming Spain in last year's final.
Who is playing in the ATP Cup?
Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, number two and one in the rankings respectively, are competing. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also back for the second straight year.
For Australia, Alex de Minaur and John Millman are the main representatives, along with John Peers and Nick Saville. Nick Kyrgios, who played well for the Aussies in this event 12 months ago, is not competing here this time around. Australia's campaign begins against Spain on 2 February at 5:30pm (AEDT). You can find the full ATP Cup schedule here.
What is the format of the ATP Cup?
The 12 teams are split into 4 groups of 3 teams. The group winners will make the semi-finals. Each tie will consist of two singles and one doubles match. The first team to two points wins. Each team may have up to five players. A player can feature in singles and doubles.
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