‘It would mean war with Roger Federer’ – Swiss star’s influence revealed in team tennis conflicts
Roger Federer has a huge influence on the modern plethora of tennis team events that are fighting for dominance in 2020, despite skipping most of them, it has been suggested.
The Davis Cup was relaunched in a finals format this year and the ATP Cup launches in January.
Roger Federer is involved in neither, but he is heavily involved in another team event – the Laver Cup.
And now, his influence has been revealed, with the Vienna Open Tournament Director Herwig Straka admitting the Davis Cup cannot afford to take on Federer in terms of scheduling.
“It would definitely mean war with Roger Federer,” he told Tennisnet about the possibility of the Davis Cup and Laver Cup being the same week.
“As long as I know, Federer will not skip that event (the Laver Cup). As a member of the ATP Council, I can say we are already working with the ITF.
“Because it’s pretty clear that we cannot keep two big team competitions in the long term.
“I think the first week is the best. Even if it may look strange that the year starts with a team event.
“But it’s the only time of the year where the players are available and they enjoy playing.”
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