Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have both joined the calls to merge the Davis Cup and ATP Cup into “one Super World Cup event.”
Team tennis has had a large injection of emphasis of late, with the newly revamped Davis Cup launching in November and the first ever ATP Cup getting underway this week.
However, scheduling has seen them played essentially back to back, and the similar formats in both has caused many to urge a rethink.
That cause has now received two heavyweight backers, with Djokovic and Nadal believing the two tournaments cannot co-exist.
“We need to have one Super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it,” he said.
“That’s not going to happen next year as well. But if the two sides, the ITF, the Davis Cup, and the ATP get together very quickly, it can happen possibly in 2022.
“I hope it will happen because it’s kind of hard to get top players to commit to play both events.”
The same question about whether the two should be combined into one big tournament was asked to Nadal who agreed, saying: “I think that tennis deserves something like this.”
“Yeah, it’s confusing to have two World Cups of tennis in one month. For me personally that’s not the ideal situation for our sport, but that’s how it works today.”
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