The 2023 tennis season will begin with a new mixed event, the United Cup, held in Australia between December 29 and January 8, the ATP and WTA announced on Thursday. It will be endowed with 15 million dollars in prizes and will allow you to score points in the world ranking.
Organized between Brisbane, Perth and Sydney, the competition will bring together 18 countries, each represented by a maximum of eight players (four men, four women).
A first phase (December 29 – January 4) will see these teams split into six groups of three with two men’s singles, two women’s singles and one mixed doubles. Brisbane, Perth and Sydney will each host two of these six groups.
A Final Four in Sydney
In each of the three cities, the winners of the two groups will then compete and the three countries thus qualified will play a next phase in Sydney (January 6-8). A fourth, the best ranked in the first phase, will complete this Final Four.
The final will take place on January 8, eight days before the start of the Australian Open, the first round of the Grand Slam. “The United Cup is an important and strategic collaboration between the WTA, ATP and the Australian Tennis Federation that reflects an ongoing commitment to advancing our sport, commented WTA boss Steve Simon. This team tournament in singles and mixed doubles will bring together on the same court emerging stars and confirmed athletes from our two circuits. »
“We’re excited to see the best men and women, with ATP and WTA points on the line, to kick off the season like never before.”said his ATP counterpart, Andrea Gaudenzi.