Novak Djokovic again pleads for Davis Cup-ATP Cup merger, urging role players to stage ‘one super cup’
World No 1 Novak Djokovic insists having two separate team tournaments every year is not a “sustainable model for our tennis”, adding that the Davis Cup and ATP Cup should merge.
The tennis calendar underwent a huge change last year as the Davis Cup format was changed to a weeklong, 12-team tournament with Madrid hosting the inaugural event in November last year and hosts Spain walking away with the honours.
Two months later and the ATP Cup was introduced with Australia hosting the tournament and Serbia winning the event.
However, many players voiced their unhappiness with two similar competitions being held in the space of a few months.
“In my opinion, they have to merge,” Djokovic said, calling for “one super cup”.
“That’s necessary because for me personally it will be very difficult to play every single year both competitions, so I’m going to have to choose.
“I don’t think this is (a) sustainable model for our tennis.”
The Davis Cup lost one of its best drawcards when it was revamped as teams no longer play home ties with one city hosting the Finals while the ATP Cup is set to be staged in Australia for the foreseeable future.
“What I don’t like with Davis Cup is you don’t have a possibility to play at home any more,” Djokovic said. “ATP Cup was like playing at home for us (Serbia) because we had a tremendous support in Australia.”
He added: “It’s (to be held) 10 years in Australia. It’s really difficult to call these competitions World Cups because is there no ‘world’ if you keep it in one place for 10 years.
“For 99 percent of the nations, they will not have the possibility for many, many years to host a tie at home.”
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