Cape Town - Former South African doubles star and current ATP touring coach, Jeff
Coetzee, will guide Team South Africa at the inaugural ATP Cup which is set to
be held across three Australian cities - Perth, Brisbane and Sydney - in early
men’s team event takes place from January 3-12 in the lead-up to the year's
first Grand Slam, the Australian Open in Melbourne, and will feature teams from
Team SA has been drawn in Group A and will face Serbia, France
and Chile in Brisbane.
former world No 5 Kevin Anderson, together with doubles specialist Raven
Klaasen will spearhead the South African team in the inaugural event. They will
be joined by rising singles star, Lloyd Harris, experienced doubles campaigner,
Ruan Roelofse and world No 18 ranked junior, Kholo Montsi.
Coetzee has enjoyed
a golden 2019 after steering his Colombian charges, Juan Sebastian Cabal and
Robert Farah, to the Wimbledon and US Open men's doubles titles, in the process
elevating them to the No 1 ATP doubles ranking.
“I am delighted to
coach the South African ATP Cup team. It always means so much to represent my
country,” commented Coetzee.
“It is great to
have a balance on our team with the experienced players and a youngster like
Kholo Montsi who has this opportunity that one dreams of at such a young and
“The ATP Cup is
definitely a great event, especially that time of the year. It Guarantees you
at least 3 good matches before Australian Open.
“It is also a good
opportunity to represent your country and it is so fitting as it is an Olympic
year next year.
Coetzee added that
the competition will be tough but confident that the team will do well with
Kevin Anderson part of the contingent, “It will be tough for us, but it also
gives us the opportunity to represent our country in a team environment with
Kevin Anderson which is so huge for us and to show the world that we belong
Montsi’s has made strong rankings progress this year, after bagging his first
ITF Grade 2 and Grade A titles - as a result breaking into the top 20 in the
ITF global junior rankings.
Eight teams will
emerge from the round-robin stage, at the event, to compete in the knockout
Ties comprise two singles and a doubles match. The new look start to the
ATP season offers A$22 million in prize money and a maximum of
750 singles and 250 doubles ATP rankings points.
Team SA for the ATP Cup: