In single rankings, ATP Tour absence pushed Kyrgios to 46th, De Minaur and Millman will play as the top two Australians ranked
Due to a technical problem, Nick Kyrgios will miss qualification, while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will lead the field at next month’s ATP Cup in Melbourne. A dozen countries will participate in the men’s team tournament from Feb. 1-5, including Australia, led by Alex de Minaur. The inaugural event was held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney last year and won over Nadal’s Spain by Djokovic’s Serbia, with the world’s top two ranked players meeting in the final. Government says Australian Open quarantine hotels are secure in the legal dispute between Melbourne WestinRead moreThrough Covid-19, the entire tournament this year will be played in Melbourne Park alongside two WTA 500 and two A A The draw will take place on January 20, when the 12 teams for the group stage will be split into four groups of three, each game consisting of two single matches and one double match. The four winners from the group will advance to the semifinals. Qualification for the 2021 ATP Cup is focused on the top-ranked singles player in each country’s ATP ranking, while Australia qualifies from the host nation with a wildcard. De Minaur leads the local team that last year reached the semifinals and is joined by John Millman, John Peers and Luke Saville.
Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt will captain Australia again, while Kyrgios, who was a campaign hero last year, will not participate, having fallen to 46th in the world rankings due to his 11-month absence from the ATP Tour. There are only two single slots, which will be filled by each country’s top two ranked players – 23rd de Minaur and 38th Millman. In successive singles victories en route to the semifinals, Kyrgios, a two-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, defeated dominant German Jan-Lennard Struff, Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Greek world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas. But it was his inspired effort alongside de Minaur in a stirring 18-16 third-set super tiebreak win over Jamie Murray of Britain and Joe Salisbury of Britain that shook Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena’s new roof and secured a quarterfinal place for Australia. In order to reach the fourth round at the 2020 Open, Kyrgios used his solid ATP Cup style, where he finally lost to Nadal in a four-set thriller. Instead, he will play one of the ATP 250 tournaments in Melbourne this year to get some invaluable match practice ahead of the Open.