United Cup Tennis on Channel 9 – Wide World of Sports will open the summer of tennis with a flavour of national pride when the United Cup begins on December 29, live and free on the 9Network.
Unifying men’s and women’s play, this mixed-teams event will consist of one men’s singles match, one women’s singles match, and a mixed doubles match in each tie.
In 18 competing nations, the best players in the world will descend on Sydney and Perth for the tournament to begin their Australian Open preparation, with $10 million in prizemoney on the line.
Perth will host the men’s and women’s world No.1 players, Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Iga Swiatek (Poland), and big-name Americans Taylor Fritz and Jess Pegula. The Aussie charge will feature Alja Tomljanovic, Storm Hunter, Alex de Minaur and John Millman.
In Sydney, Greece duo Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari will headline alongside France’s Caroline Garcia, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime, plus Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber. The finals for both sides of the draw will be played in the harbour city.
Nine’s Wide World of Sports tennis expert, Jelena Dokic, said:
“There is no event that combines men’s and women’s tennis like the United Cup. Being the first major tournament of the summer, it’s alway exciting and the mixed format gives us lots of different scenarios that we don’t get in the season.
“The players love this format because you play for your country and your team. They sit on the side of the court with their teammates and it brings communication between them into the game.
“One other thing I like is that the top players don’t usually play doubles because of their busy schedules during tournaments, but here they have to for their nation to progress. This means we may see world number ones against each other, like Djokovic playing Świątek.
“The ties will come down to the mixed games, which will be incredible to watch. That’s what I‘m looking forward to the most and the fans and commentators will love it. You won’t see these games anywhere else in the world.”
The tournament commentary line up will feature Casey Dellacqua, Sam Smith, Mark Philippoussis and Wally Masur for Sydney, while Nine’s Jim Courier, Jelena Dokic and Todd Woodbridge will dissect the action in Perth.
The 9Network’s Live and free coverage will be hosted by James Bracey, Roz Kelly and Emma Lawrence across Channel 9HD and 9GemHD, with every match streamed on 9Now.
United Cup Tennis on Channel 9 and 9Now – 29 December, 2023 to 7 January, 2024 live and free on the 9 Network and stream every match for free on 9Now
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