Greece kicks off its inaugural ATP Cup Tour

*Image of Team Greece courtesy of ATP Tour

The 2020 ATP Cup Tour season has started, as 24 countries compete across three Australian cities for the right to be crowned the inaugural champions of the ATP Cup.

The new team competition will take place from today January 3 right through to January 12 throughout three Australian cities (Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney). The 24 teams have been split into six groups of four. The six group winners, as well as the two best second-placed teams, will then advance to the Final Eight, which will be played in Sydney.

Greece has been drawn into Group F along with Australia, Canada, and Germany. All Group F matches will be held in Brisbane.

Team Greece ATP Tour

Each tie will feature two singles rubbers, and one doubles rubber. Greece will face Canada on January 3, Germany, on January 5, and then Australia on January 7.

Leading the way for Team Greece, with Apostolos Tsitsipas at the captain is world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas. Michail Pervolarakis (world number 487) and Markos Kalovelonis (world number 747) are also expected to play big roles in Greece’s matches. Lastly, 19-year-olds Alexandros Skorilas (world number 1170) and Petros Tsitsipas (world number 1415) are also on Greece’s roster.

Greece just competed against Canada, where Pervolarakis was beaten by Felix Auger-Aliassime, the world number 21 in an easy two sets. Now, Tsitsipas will take on Canadian Denis Shapovalov (world number 15). Shapovalov leads the head-to-head 2-1, but the two have not played against each other in over nine months. The Canadians will be the favorites to prevail in the doubles rubber, but an inspired Greek team can potentially pull off the upset.

Greece will then face Germany on January 5 at 5:30 PM local time (9:30 AM Greece time). Pervolarakis will once again be a massive underdog, this time against world number 35 Jan-Lennard Struff. Afterward, Tsitsipas will face world number seven Alexander Zverev. Tsitsipas holds a 4-1 head-to-head record against Zverev, having won each of the last four meetings against him. In the doubles rubber, Germany’s Kevin Krawietzand Andreas Mieswill be overwhelming favorites to win, as they are one of the top doubles teams in the world.

Greece will conclude group play against hosts Australia on January 7 at 5:30 PM local time (9:30 AM Greece time). Pervolarakis will have a tough task on his hands against world number 30 Nick Kyrgios. Tsitsipas will then play against world number 18 Alex de Minaur, who Tsitsipas holds a 3-0 head-to-head record against. Finally, the Australians will be the favorites to prevail in the subsequent doubles rubber.

Although the Greeks are expected to lose all three ties, stranger things have happened. Tsitsipas is the favorite to win all three of his singles rubbers, and if he can do so, a couple of upset wins in the other rubbers could see Greece advance to the quarterfinals.

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