The ATP Cup: Austria at the start against Italy – a sports mix

The Austrian tennis team will play its inaugural duel in the ATP Cup in Melbourne on Tuesday next week against Italy.

Starting at 10:00 AM local time (0.00 CET), Dominic Thiem, Denis Novak and Philippe Oswald / Tristan-Samuel Wisborne duo will be looking for a good starting position in Group C, and after two days they will also face France in the ‘session today’. Former Team coach Gunter Presnick has been sponsoring their outstanding player Gael Monfils since the end of 2020.

Italy will play France on Wednesday, and the semi-final is slated to take place next Friday at 7.30am CET. The winner will face the first-seeded group of Austria from Group B. In this, Spain play Rafael Nadal, Australia and Greece with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The final match is scheduled for Saturday 6 February (7.30am CET). The ATP Cup has been postponed for a day at the weekend and is a run-up to the Australian Open.

Tim and Novak are serving a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Adelaide, which will last a few days, and Novak peeked into it on the ATP home page.

“After getting up, we test, eat breakfast and then prepare for training,” Novak said. After stretching and eating, movies are often watched to pass the time, and there are “exercises” in the room. The 27-year-old Novak finds out more about what’s happening in Austria online.

Players are allowed to spend five hours a day outside their hotel rooms, two of which are designated for training on the field. Only a relatively small group of players are based in Adelaide, and they are primarily the best players in the world rankings. Tim is the third, and Novak is also serving as his training partner. Both are heavily involved in the Australian Open which starts on February 8th.

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