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United Cup 2024 Preview: When is it, who is playing and what is the prize money?

The 2024 season is almost upon us and that means that the United Cup is back, with Novak Djokovic set to make his debut at the tournament.

And we, at Tennishead, have everything you need to know about the exciting mixed team competition:

What is the United Cup?

The United Cup hosted its inaugural edition last year, featuring 18 different nations in six round-robin groups of three.

Split into two Australian locations, the winner of each group will advance to the quarter-finals, leaving two spots for the best runner-up teams from each area.

The competition will then be decided in a knockout format from the quarter-final stage, with eight teams battling to crown an eventual champion.

There is a slight change to the format in 2024, with ties being reduced to one ATP singles match, one WTA singles match and a mixed doubles contest.

Nations qualify for the United Cup in three different ways, with six countries qualifying based on the ranking of their No.1 ATP singles player, six countries based on the ranking of their No.1 WTA singles player and the final six being decided based on the combined ranking of their No.1 ATP and WTA singles players.

Australia are reserved a spot as one of the combined teams, however this year they secured qualification through their No.1 ATP singles player.

When is the 2024 United Cup?

The 2024 United Cup begins on Friday 29th December, with the morning session tie between Spain and Brazil beginning at 10am local time (2am GMT).

These group stage matches will continue until Wednesday 3rd January, concluding with the contest between Greece and Canada at 5:30pm (6:30am GMT).

Quarter-finals will take place between Wednesday 3rd January-Friday 5th January, with the semi-finals following on Saturday 6th January. The grand final will be conducted on Sunday 7th January at 5:30pm local time (6:30am GMT).

For the full United Cup schedule, click here to visit the official website.

Where is the 2024 United Cup?

The United Cup has reduced to having only two locations this year, with Brisbane being removed as a host.

In 2024, Sydney and Perth will host three groups and two quarter-final ties each, before Sydney takes the reigns completely with both of the semi-finals and the final.

Both venues are outdoor hard court arenas, with Sydney having the Ken Rosewall Arena (10,500 seats) and Perth the RAC Arena (15,500 seats).

Who is playing at the 2024 United Cup?

The United Cup will see both the ATP and WTA singles No.1’s competing, with Iga Swiatek headlining top seeds Poland’s team and Novak Djokovic making his debut at the tournament with Serbia.

As well as singles No.1’s, the top female doubles player Storm Hunter will be part of home favourites Australia’s squad in Group C.

Defending champions USA return with a similar lineup to 2023, with Taylor Fritz and Jessica Pegula leading once again.

Other top stars include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, Alex de Minaur, Marketa Vondrousova, Maria Sakkari and Beatriz Haddad Maia.

There will also be a returning three-time Grand Slam champion in former No.1 Angelique Kerber, who is gearing up to play her first tournament after giving birth to a daughter earlier this year.

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In terms of British interest, No.1 players Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter will lead the line, with Dan Evans and top 10 doubles player Neal Skupski also featuring.

Here is the full lineup of all 18 teams:

Group A (Perth)

Poland (1)

Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

No.1 ATP  Hubert Hurkacz (No.9)
No.1 WTA  Iga Świątek (No.1)
No.2 ATP  Daniel Michalski (No.275)
No.2 WTA Katarzyna Kawa (No.197)
Doubles ATP Jan Zieliński (No.20)
Doubles WTA Katarzyna Piter (No.67)


Spain (11)

Captain: Jorge Aguirre

No.1 ATP  Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (No.26)
No.1 WTA  Sara Sorribes Tormo (No.48)
No.2 ATP  Roberto Carballes Baena (No.63)
No.2 WTA Marina Bassols Ribera (No.109)
Doubles ATP David Vega Hernandez (No.121)
Doubles WTA Rosa Vicens Mas (Using singles ranking of No.297)


Brazil (17)

Captain: Rafael Paciaroni

No.1 ATP  Thiago Seyboth Wild (No.79)
No.1 WTA  Beatriz Haddad Maia (No.11)
No.2 ATP  Felipe Meligeni Alves (No.148)
No.2 WTA Carolina Alves (No.304)
Doubles ATP Marcelo Melo (No.47)
Doubles WTA


Group B (Sydney)

Greece (2)

Captain: Petros Tsitsipas

No.1 ATP  Stefanos Tsitsipas (No.6)
No.1 WTA  Maria Sakkari (No.9)
No.2 ATP  Stefanos Sakellaridis (No.413)
No.2 WTA Despina Papamichail (No.223)
Doubles ATP Petros Tsitsipas (No.97)
Doubles WTA Valentini Grammatikopoulou (No.115)


Canada (7)

Captain: Adil Shamasdin

No.1 ATP  Felix Auger-Aliassime (No.29)
No.1 WTA  Leylah Fernandez (No.35)
No.2 ATP  Alexis Galarneau (No.202)
No.2 WTA Stacey Fung (No.238)
Doubles ATP Adil Shamasdin (Unranked)
Doubles WTA – 


Chile (18)

Captain: Jaime Fillol

No.1 ATP  Nicolas Jarry (No.19)
No.1 WTA  Daniela Seguel (No.668)
No.2 ATP  Tomas Barrios Vera (No.103)
No.2 WTA Fernanda Labrana (No.793)
Doubles ATP Gonzalo Lama (Using singles ranking of No.518)
Doubles WTA – 


Group C (Perth)

USA (3)

Captain: David Witt

No.1 ATP  Taylor Fritz (No.10)
No.1 WTA  Jessica Pegula (No.5)
No.2 ATP  Denis Kudla (No.163)
No.2 WTA Alycia Parks (No.85)
Doubles ATP Rajeev Ram (No.6)
Doubles WTA Desirae Krawczyk (No.16)


Great Britain (8)

Captain: Colin Beecher

No.1 ATP  Cameron Norrie (No.18)
No.1 WTA  Katie Boulter (No.56)
No.2 ATP  Dan Evans (No.38)
No.2 WTA Francesca Jones (No.297)
Doubles ATP Neal Skupski (No.9)
Doubles WTA Maia Lumsden (No.73)


Australia (15)

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

No.1 ATP  Alex de Minaur (No.12)
No.1 WTA  Ajla Tomljanovic (No.291, using protected ranking of No.33)
No.2 ATP  John Millman (No.483)
No.2 WTA Storm Hunter (No.172)
Doubles ATP Matthew Ebden (No.4)
Doubles WTA Ellen Perez (No.17)


Group D (Sydney) 

France (4)

Captain: Edouard Roger-Vasselin

No.1 ATP  Adrian Mannarino (No.22)
No.1 WTA  Caroline Garcia (No.20)
No.2 ATP  Antoine Escoffier (No.159)
No.2 WTA Amandine Hesse (No.313)
Doubles ATP Edouard Roger-Vasselin (No.11)
Doubles WTA Elixane Lechemia (No.99)


Italy (12)

Captain: Renzo Furlan

No.1 ATP  Lorenzo Sonego (No.46)
No.1 WTA  Jasmine Paolini (No.30)
No.2 ATP  Flavio Cobolli (No.101)
No.2 WTA Nuria Brancaccio (No.209)
Doubles ATP Andrea Pellegrino (No.82)
Doubles WTA Angelica Moratelli (No.558)


Germany (16)

Captain: Torben Beltz

No.1 ATP  Alexander Zverev (No.7)
No.1 WTA  Angelique Kerber (Unranked, using protected ranking of No.31)
No.2 ATP  Maximilian Marterer (No.91)
No.2 WTA Tatjana Maria (No.54)
Doubles ATP Kai Wehnelt (No.150)
Doubles WTA Laura Siegemund (No.5)


Group E (Perth)

Czech Republic (5)

Captain: David Škoch

No.1 ATP  Jiri Lehecka (No.31)
No.1 WTA  Marketa Vondrousova (No.7)
No.2 ATP  Vit Kopriva (No.132)
No.2 WTA Sara Bejlek (No.129)
Doubles ATP Petr Nouza (No.101)
Doubles WTA Miriam Kolodziejova (No.58)


China (9)

Captain: Di Wu

No.1 ATP  Zhizhen Zhang (No.58)
No.1 WTA  Qinwen Zheng (No.15)
No.2 ATP  Yunchaokete Bu (No.172)
No.2 WTA Xiaodi You (No.227)
Doubles ATP Fajing Sun (No.206)
Doubles WTA – 


Serbia (13)

Captain: Viktor Troicki

No.1 ATP  Novak Djokovic (No.1)
No.1 WTA  Olga Danilovic (No.119)
No.2 ATP  Hamad Medjedovic (No.113)
No.2 WTA Natalija Stevanovic (No.181)
Doubles ATP Nikola Cacic (No.70)
Doubles WTA Dejana Radanovic (Using singles ranking of No.256)


Group F (Sydney)

Croatia (6)

Captain: Iva Majoli

No.1 ATP  Borna Coric (No.37)
No.1 WTA  Donna Vekic (No.23)
No.2 ATP  Nino Serdarusic (No.318)
No.2 WTA Petra Marcinko (No.174)
Doubles ATP Ivan Dodig (No.2)
Doubles WTA Tena Lukas (Using singles ranking of No.228)


Netherlands (10)

Captain: Wesley Koolhof

No.1 ATP  Tallon Griekspoor (No.23)
No.1 WTA  Arantxa Rus (No.51)
No.2 ATP  Thiemo de Bakker (No.688)
No.2 WTA Arianne Hartono (No.152)
Doubles ATP Wesley Koolhof (No.8)
Doubles WTA Demi Schuurs (No.19)


Norway (14)

Captain: Christian Ruud

No.1 ATP  Casper Ruud (No.11)
No.1 WTA  Malene Helgo (No.542)
No.2 ATP  Andreja Petrovic (No.1672)
No.2 WTA Ulrikke Eikeri (No.602)
Doubles ATP
Doubles WTA

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How many ranking points are on offer at the 2024 United Cup?

While it is a team tournament, players will also be competing for individual ranking points and could earn upto 500 points depending on the ranking of the opponents they compete against.

Here is the full breakdown of ranking points at the 2024 United Cup:

Round Points per win vs. opponent ranked
No. 1–10 No. 11–20 No. 21–30 No. 31–50 No. 51–100 No. 101–250 No. 251+
Final 180 140 120 90 60 40 35
Semifinals 130 105 90 60 40 35 25
Quarterfinals 80 65 55 40 35 25 20
Group stage 55 45 40 35 25 20 15

What is the prize money for the 2024 United Cup?

All players competing at the 2024 United Cup will receive a participation fee depending on their position in the team and can compete for further prize money based on their individual and team performances:

Participation Fee

Singles Ranking No.1 Player Fee No.2 Player Fee
1-10  $200,000  $200,000 
11-20  $100,000  $100,000 
21-30  $60,000  $50,000 
31-50  $40,000 $30,000
51-100  $30,000  $20,000 
101-250  $25,000  $15,000 
251+  $20,000  $10,000 


No. 3 Player 
Singles or Doubles Ranking Fee
1-30 $30,000 
31-100 $15,000 
101-250 $7,500 
251+ $6,000

Prize Money

Round Singles Win Mixed Doubles Win  Team Wins
Final $251,000  $47,255  $23,155 
SF  $132,000  $24,750 $13,650 
QF $69,500  $13,000 $8,025 
Group  $38,325 $7,200 $5,000 

Who won the United Cup last year?

The inaugural United Cup was won in dominant fashion by the United States of America, who lost one single rubber throughout the entire tournament.

In the final the USA beat Italy, 4-0, with Taylor Fritz’s victory over Matteo Berrettini confirming that the American’s would be taking the title stateside.

How can you watch the 2024 United Cup?

You can watch the United Cup on Tennis Channel/Tennis Channel International in the United States of America/United Kingdom or Ireland.

For more information on how to watch the mixed team event in your location, click here.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.