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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray absent, whilst Dominic Thiem features as ATP Cup teams announced

With the teams and groups for the upcoming ATP Cup announced, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are absent whilst Dominic Thiem is set to return from injury.

All three of 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem will play at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition event this month.

Murray and Thiem will face each other in the first round and the winner of the two will then face Nadal in the next round.

Nadal and Thiem are both looking to make returns from injuries that ruled them out for the latter half of the 2021 season. Nadal suffered from a resurfaced foot injury, whilst Thiem injured his wrist and missed Wimbledon, the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the US Open.

Both Murray and Nadal will miss the ATP Cup.

The ATP Cup will feature 18 of the top 20 players in the world, boasting names like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas to name but a few.

In a press release, ATP Cup tournament director Tom Larner said “we’re excited to host the third edition of the ATP Cup in Sydney in 2022.

“The playing group enjoy representing their countries and to see 18 of the top 20 players commit to the event is testament to that.

“The event shows off the passion the playing group have for this format and we look forward to welcoming all 16 teams to Sydney later this month.”

Similarly, New South Wales Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said “With international tennis superstars set to descend on Sydney, today’s release of the ATP Cup draw will have fans counting down until the group stage starts on New Year’s Day.

“From the first point all the way through to the final, it’ll be terrific to see the world’s best tennis stars go head to head right here in Sydney for the title of ATP Cup champions.”

The full schedule for the ATP Cup will be released on Wednesday 8th December and the team captains will also be announced soon.

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.