June 22, 2021

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Canada gets Rod Laver Arena for its two ATP Cup pool matches

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MELBOURNE, Australia – The full schedule is out for the ATP Cup, which begins a week from Tuesday at Melbourne Park.

And as Team Canada is in tight with Serbia and Germany in its pool, it’s getting the big stadium for the day session on both Day 1 and Day 2.

The scheduling is actually great for fans at home. 10 a.m. in Australia is 6 p.m. the previous evening back in Canada on the East coast, 3 p.m. on the West coast.

So no need for middle-of-the-night alarms next week.

Here’s the schedule.

Win the pool, or sit down

There will be no wiggle room with the reduced format this year.

A year ago, Canada was able to squeeze into the playoff quarterfinals by the kismet of every single outcome that needed to happen – all of them out of their hands – happening.

This year, only the winner of each group will advance to the semifinals.

Félix Auger-Aliassime will not be on the team this year as Milos Raonic is joining. And Raonic and Shapovalov are ranked higher than Auger-Aliassime, who will play one of the concurrent ATP 250 events instead.

Peter Polansky will be a playing captain.