Novak Djokovic has been named to compete in the 2022 edition of the ATP Cup for Serbia. The 32-year-old, who is out of action for the rest of the year after pulling out of Wimbledon early following surgery, will join Serbia’s Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the team event.
The event, which replaces the Byron Nelson Rolex Masters, has a broadcasting rights deal with Fox Sports Australia valued at $295 million through 2022. The winner of the tournament in Sydney will receive a $1 million prize money.
“The ATP Cup will be a unique event that offers local fans an opportunity to watch the world’s best professional tennis players playing on home soil in front of fellow countrymen,” said ATP chairman Chris Kermode. “To be able to make the announcement at the 2018 Australian Open is a tremendous honor and reinforces the desire of players and the ATP to work closer with Australian tennis fans to deliver the most memorable matches and festivities in the city.”
The 12-team field will also feature seven Americans, four from Canada, two Spaniards, two from Italy, one from France, one from the Netherlands, two from the Czech Republic, one from Poland, one from Russia, one from Sweden and one from the United Kingdom. The Australian Open takes place in January 2022.
Djokovic is an eight-time Grand Slam champion.