Rafa To Visit Perth For First Time Ever At ATP Cup

Rafael Nadal will visit Perth for the first time when he plays in this summer’s ATP Cup at RAC Arena.

The ATP said Saturday that the top 18-ranked countries and Australia, as the host-country wild card, will be among the qualifiers for the tournament to be held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from January 3-12.

Serbia leads the current rankings, with Spain second, Switzerland third and Russia fourth.

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The ATP said the top two players for each country have committed to play, subject to change based on the ATP rankings at the second entry deadline on November 13, when remaining team members - up to an additional three players - will qualify.

Five additional countries will also qualify to compete at the 24-country tournament based on the ranking of their No.1 singles player.

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The ATP Cup offers the world’s best players $22 million in prize money as well as valuable ATP ranking points.

The State Government has secured the event for WA and is expecting thousands to travel to Western Australia to see the world’s top players in action.

Former Australian tennis players (L-R), Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt, John Newcombe and Ken Rosewall at an ATP Cup draw event in Sydney on September 16. (Getty)

“All eyes will be on Perth when Rafael Nadal takes the court at RAC Arena,” Premier Mark McGowan said on Monday.

“The ATP Cup is set to be a stunning success for our State on so many levels.

“Western Australians love their tennis, so we expect this new tournament will have huge appeal for locals as well as visitors.”