The 2023 ATP and WTA seasons get underway this week with a slew of events Down Under, beginning with the inaugural United Cup. The ATP and WTA event kicks off in less than 24 hours, and will be played across three metropolitan cities in Australia. The tournament pits players from the men’s and women’s field from 18 participating countries against each other in a round-robin tournament.
Read on for a primer on all you need to know about this unique tournament, the countries participating, the players representing and the latest tennis betting odds currently trading at BetUS sportsbook.
2023 United Cup Outrights
- United States +300
- Spain +400
- Poland +550
- Italy +1000
- France +1000
- Greece +1000
- Switzerland +1100
- Australia +1200
- Great Britain +1200
- Croatia +1600
- Germany +1600
- Belgium +2500
- Czech Republic +2500
- Norway +3000
- Argentina +3300
- Kazakhstan +5000
- Brazil +6600
- Bulgaria +8000
2023 United Cup Preview
There have been mixed tournaments before but not quite as ambitious or expansive as the inaugural United Cup tournament. Thus, it presents an entirely unprecedented handicapping experience for bookmakers and bettors.
The tournament features six groups, and each consists of three teams. The breakdown is as follows:
- Group A: Greece, Bulgaria, Belgium
- Group B: Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Poland
- Group C: United States, Czech Republic, Germany
- Group D: Australia, Great Britain, Spain
- Group E: Italy, Brazil, Norway
- Group F: France, Argentina, Croatia
The draw features Group A and Group F playing in Perth, Group B and Group E in Brisbane, and Group C and D in Sydney, where the semifinals and final will also be held.
Some of the world’s top players from the men’s and women’s field that are expected to compete include Iga Swiatek, Caroline Garcia, Jessica Pegula, Maria Sakkari, Paula Badosa and Ajla Tomljanovic. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, Matteo Berrettini, Nick Kyrgios, Alex De Minaur, Francis Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Grigor Dimitrov are entered.
— United Cup (@UnitedCupTennis) December 27, 2022
2023 United Cup Odds Preview
As per the United Cup futures, the USA is the team to beat priced at +300. Although they appear to have a favorable group with the Czech Republic and Germany drawn into Group C, they can’t take anything for granted.
Spain (+400) and Poland (+550) are the next best bets, but both face tough groups. Spain, arguably, has the tougher with Great Britain and host nation Australia to contend with in Group D. Poland comes up against Kazakhstan and Switzerland in Group B. Get ready for a captivating showdown on the tennis courts of ATP Marseille as Benjamin Bonzi and Luca Van Assche face off in a battle of skill, power, and determination.
Other contenders include France and Italy (both priced at +1000). The former has a couple dark horses to contend with in Argentina and Croatia drawn into Group F. Italy has a more manageable group with Norway and Brazil in the mix.
— United Cup (@UnitedCupTennis) December 28, 2022
1. When Does The Tournament Start?
The United Cup kicks off on Thursday and concludes on Sunday, January 8 (local dates and times).
2. Where is the tournament being played?
The host cities selected for this event are Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, with all three hosting the group stages. The semifinals and final will be held in Sydney..
3. How many nations are competing?
Eighteen nations will fly their flags at the United Cup. The draw will see these nations divided into six groups of three, with two groups featured in each host city.
Mark your calendars ✍️ A stacked line-up is coming to the #UnitedCup.
— United Cup (@UnitedCupTennis) November 11, 2022
4. How are players selected?
Each nation can choose a maximum of four ATP and four WTA players to make up the national team.
5. How does the format work?
Each round will be decided in the best-of-five rubbers, featuring two men’s singles, two women’s singles and a mixed doubles match.
6. How will nations advance into the knockouts?
The winners of each group will face off a city final. The three winners of the city finals, along with the best performing loser, will advance into the semifinals. The winners of those matches compete in the final
7. How can I watch the United Cup?
The United Cup will be televised on Tennis Channel in the United States.
8. When does the USA play?
Tournament favorite, USA, will open its campaign against the Czech Republic on the opening day of the tournament. The current betting online odds have the USA priced at -500 to beat the Czech Republic priced at +330.