Raducanu and Murray can join forces as new tennis tournament announced

The likes of Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray will have the opportunity to team up after Tennis Australia announced the introduction of a new ‘United Cup’ for the 2023 season. According to The Times, the new mixed-gender tournament will be a large-scale revival of the popular Hopman Cup and replaces the men’s only ATP Cup that was previously held in the lead-up to the Australian Open.

Tennis Australia is set to introduce a new, mixed-gender tournament as the official warm-up to the Australian Open in January. ATP and WTA players will be given the opportunity to represent their country together in the new team competition which will be held in various cities throughout Australia and replace the existing ATP Cup.

It comes after the Hopman Cup – a wildly popular mixed team event staged in Perth until 2019 – was axed in favour of the ATP Cup, leading to uproar as one of the only tournaments allowing men and women to play together was removed from the calendar. But the new United Cup will finally replace the hole left by the Hopman Cup and be held on an even bigger scale, with the addition of ranking points up for grabs as well as millions of pounds in prize money.

The Hopman Cup saw Roger Federer and Serena Williams face off on the match court for the first and only time in their careers, which came in the final edition of the tournament back in 2019, fuelling the criticism behind those who decide to get rid of the tournament after the clash of the 23 and 20-time Major champions put tennis on the front pages of sports papers across the globe.

JUST IN: Tiafoe responds to Lebron James message after Nadal US Open win

Since then, the only chances for ATP and WTA players to team up has come at the Grand Slams and the Olympics, with the big-name players usually opting against entering the mixed doubles at Majors as they focus on the singles, and the Olympics only being held every four years. But the United Cup will offer a new chance for blockbuster pairings including Raducanu and Murray, as well as Hopman Cup-winning Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic.

The United Cup is expected to consist of a round-robin format with at least 16 nations competing in the group stages to reach the knock-outs, with men’s and women’s singles matches followed by mixed doubles. Entry is likely to be determined by the singles rankings of each nation’s ATP and WTA players, with regular tour-level events also taking place during the United Cup for those who are not ranked high enough or decide to play a regular event.

Carlos Alcaraz makes world No 1 confession as Nadal loss offers chance
Nadal’s coach outlines Spaniard’s true ambitions despite upset loss
Rafael Nadal ‘not 100%’ according Mats Wilander after US Open loss

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

For the latest news and breaking news visit: express.co.uk/sport

Stay up to date with all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you.

Follow us on Twitter @dexpress_sport – the official Daily Express & Express.co.uk Twitter account – providing real news in real time.

We’re also on Facebook @dailyexpresssport – offering your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout the day to like, comment and share from the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Express.co.uk.

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Sports News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More