The ATP unveiled this Wednesday the twelve teams selected for the second edition of the ATP, which will take place over five days only unlike the first, in Australia from February 1 to 5. France is one of them.
Eliminated from the start last year in Brisbane, the Blues will have the opportunity to redeem themselves next February (February 1 to 5) still in Australia. France is indeed part of the teams that will participate in the ATP Cup again. Certainly with a little delay compared to what was expected, ATP lifted the veil on Wednesday on the twelve countries that will be present for the second edition, and France appears there, in the same way as Serbia, defending champion after their coronation in the first edition last year, Spain, beaten in the final by the Serbs, or even Russia, which had climbed into the last square of this first ATP Cup of the name, just like Australia, invited for this 2021 edition as host country of the competition. Chile and South Africa, which appeared in the pool of the Blues last year, were not invited however this time. France can also be relieved to be one of the twelve countries selected, insofar as the modified format compared to 2020 in no way guaranteed it to be present again.
A modified format compared to the first edition
In 2021, the ATP Cup will only take place over five days, against fourteen last year., due to the proximity to the start of the Australian Open (February 8 to 21). Consequently, the number of competing teams has also been halved, and while the tournament had 24 participants for its first edition, they will be only 12 next February to try to imitate Serbia by also registering their name on the prize list. Four groups of three teams will be formed after drawing lots, and the first of each of its four pools will qualify for the semi-finals, knowing that the pattern does not change, with always on the program for each meeting two singles and a double. In 2020, France, after beating Chile (2-1), stumbled over Serbia (2-1) then South Africa (2-1 there too). Gaël Monfils, Benoît Paire, Nicolas Mahut, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Gilles Simon, promoted captain for the occasion, represented the France team.
The twelve teams selected by the ATP for the ATP Cup:
Serbia, Spain, Austria, Russia, Greece, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Japan, France, Canada, Australia