What exactly is the United Cup? Everything you need to know about the only mixed competition in tennis. The summer of tennis in Australia in 2023 is poised to begin in grand style, with the addition of a brand-new event to the calendar. The United Cup will replace the ATP Cup, with 18 country teams competing in the only mixed tournament in tennis.
Learn more about the competition, its structure, the nations participating, and the best players.
When and where will the United Cup be held?
The event will be held in three locations in Australia: Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney. The 11-day tournament will begin on Thursday, December 29, and conclude on Sunday, January 8, and will serve as a great warm-up for the Australian Open in 2023.
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What is the structure?
Countries must be in the top six WTA rankings, top five ATP rankings, or top five combined ranking nations in the world to qualify for the event. In the round-robin stage, countries will be divided into six pools of three teams, with each team playing four singles matches (two men’s and two women’s) and one mixed doubles rubber match.
Each city will have two groups competing, with the winners of each group going head to head to become city champions and proceed to the final four in Sydney. The next best-performing team from the group stages will take the fourth position.
The remaining four countries will compete in Sydney for the title of first United Cup winners.
Which nations and players have been chosen to compete in the United Cup?
So far, 16 countries have qualified for the United Cup, with the remaining two joining the tournament on November 21. Top seeds Greece will be headed by world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari, while second-seeded Poland will be led by world No.1 Iga Swiatek and world No.11 Hubert Hurkacz.
The United States will be the third seeds in the competition, with a star-studded roster that includes world No.3 Jessica Pegula, world No.9 Taylor Fritz, 11th-ranked Madison Keys, and world No.19 Frances Tiafoe.
Rafael Nadal will represent Spain with world No.13 Paula Badosa, while Great Britain will be represented by world No.13 Cam Norrie, Dan Evans, Billie Jean King Cup semi-finalist Harriet Dart, and Katie Swan.
Discover who has been named to the British squad.
What is the monetary value of the United Cup?
The prize money for the 2023 United Cup is $15 million USD, with up to 500 Pepperstone ATP Rankings and 500 WTA Ranking points available.