Djokovic backs new ATP Cup men's team event

Djokovic backs new ATP Cup men's team event

Djokovic backs new ATP Cup men's team event

Men's world number one Novak Djokovic added: "I like that it's owned by ATP, by the players, and that we have ranking points, and it's going to be the best way to kick start the season".

16 de noviembre de 2018, 15:32London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer, victor of 20 Grand Slam titles, on Friday supported the possibility of playing the Davis Cup in the first week of the year. The ATP Cup will then follow in the first week of January 2020 and will take place over 10 days in three Australian cities.

The six-week gap between the two competitions was earlier this year labelled "insane" by Kermode, and on Wednesday Djokovic suggested it would result in "two average events".

"But there seems to be a fixation that the ATP Cup has caused the issue with the Davis Cup which is not the case".

The ten-day event, which is the ATP's first team competition since the World Team Cup was discontinued in 2012, will offer US$15 million in prize money, with up to 750 ranking points on offer. The inability of the ATP and the ITF (who run the Davis Cup) to work together and form a practical solution is indicative of a sport highly charged by internal politics and difference of opinion.

"(In a) team, like Davis Cup, Hopman Cup, Laver Cup, you're playing for somebody else, something else, a country, a region, whatever it may be", the Swiss great told reporters after his match at the ATP Finals on Thursday.

'If it is finally held, the players will clearly want to play in that first week of the year.

ATP president Chris Kermode said: "This new event fits perfectly with our strategy to innovate and look towards the future". The Davis Cup has an incredibly rich history and the players will want to participate in the fight, despite the new modifications, he said. India is among the 24 teams that will play the Davis Cup qualifiers in February (1-2). Whether I think that's good for our sport, I honestly don't think it's good for the sport. "This is us promoting big events in which we can attract new audiences". While Doha will stay in place at the same time, to offer ranking point opportunities to players who are not in the ATP Cup, the event in Pune, India, will move to the week after the Australian Open.

However, speaking at the official launch of the ATP Cup on Thursday, Djokovic appeared to back the new competition.

Nations will be split into six groups, with eight emerging to compete in a knockout phase.

Each match will consist of two singles contests and one doubles, and they will be staged across three different Australian cities - the identities of which are still unconfirmed.

Complicating the issue further, Djokovic also played in this year's edition of the Laver Cup, a tournament created by Roger Federer and his management team that features two teams made up of invited top players.

In August the ITF got the go-ahead to revamp the 118-year-old Davis Cup with investment group Kosmos, headed by Spanish footballer Gerard Pique, putting in $3 billion over 25 years.

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