United Cup likely to be kicked off the calendar amid proposed new events in Brisbane for 2024
The United Cup on the verge of failure like its parent, the ATP Cup.
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The United Cup is likely to be kicked off the calendar following new ATP and WTA events in Brisbane. The United Cup is a hard-court tournament in which mixed-gender teams from different countries participate. The tournament was first introduced by Tennis Australia in 2022, when the tournament ran from late December 2022 to early January 2023.
The tournament is generally set to lead into the Australian Open, the opening Grand Slam of the year. With both tournaments being played on hard courts, the United Cup would help the players get a feel of the court and the atmosphere. However, the United Cup is likely to be scrubbed off the 2022 calendar on account of newer events being proposed at Brisbane.
It is said that Brisbane will instead host ATP and WTA tournaments. It is speculated that the United Cup will in turn be a smaller tournament with smaller teams and a fewer number of players per team. The 2024 edition of the tournament might serve as the final year that Tennis Australia will be conducting it.
The United Cup follows a different format when compared to the other tournaments. Every pair of countries will play two men’s singles matches, two women’s singles matches and a mixed doubles match. Each city will host three countries, where the matches will be fixed in a round-robin format. The teams compete for the semi-final spot and finally the final match.
Was the United Cup set to fail?
The United Cup was introduced by Tennis Australia following the failure of its parent tournament, the ATP Cup. While the ATP Cup followed a similar format, it was exclusively for male players, However, when the United Cup was introduced, it was announced that it would be a collaboration between the ATP and the WTA.
The United Cup is one of the few tournaments where the players represent their country. Along with the Davis Cup and the Olympic games, this is one of the tournaments where the players can play for the love of country.
However, with the immediate introduction of the United Cup following the failure of the ATP Cup, it was speculated that the tournament was set up for another failure. With the event being scheduled too close to the Australian Open, the players would prefer to concentrate more on the Grand Slam rather than the United Cup.
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