ATP recently released its 2021 schedule. The men’s tennis governing body has outlined the schedule for the first 7 weeks of 2021. The ATP Cup, which set to be played from 1st to 5th February, will set the stage for the all-important 2021 Australian Open which will be played 8th to 21st February.
The ATP Cup is a hard-court men’s tournament where nations compete for the ultimate prize. In 2020, ATP Cup was hosted by three cities in Australia- Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Many nations took part in the tournament with many tennis powerhouses leading their national teams.
The likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev led their nations in the competition. Serbia won the 2020 edition of the Cup with Spain coming in the second position. Djokovic, who led Serbia to victory, will once again take the court in Australia in hopes of winning the Cup for the second time in a row.
Djokovic will start his 2021 season with the Cup
Novak Djokovic, just many other players, was unable to plan out his 2021 due to the uncertainties surrounding the Australian Open. However, with ATP releasing the schedule, Djokovic has finally started to map his 2021. The Serbian recently made it public that he will kick-off his 2021 with the ATP Cup in Melbourne.
The ATP Cup 2021 was originally planned to be held at Sydney, Brisbane and Perth with 24 teams from 1st to 10th January 2021. But it all got changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent disruptions.
Djokovic has great memories with the ATP Cup. He led the Serbian team in the 2020 edition of the tournament and won the Cup defeating Spain in the final. In 2020, he competed in the tournament with Dušan Lajović and Nikola Milojević.
However, in 2021, one of his team members are changed. While Lajović stays on in the team, Milojević has been replaced by world rank 31 Filip Krajinovic. Djokovic will once again be on the hunt for the Cup and will look to start his 2021 with a win.