Alexander Zverev warns ‘a lot of top players will not play’ in Davis Cup finals
Alexander Zverev is sticking to his guns over his boycott of the overhauled Davis Cup finals, saying the “Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about”.
The International Tennis Federation approved a major revamp of the men’s team tournament earlier this year with the event changed into a weeklong, 18-team competition at one venue.
The first edition will take place at Madrid’s La Caja Magica in November 2019 and Rafael Nadal was the first big-name player to commit to the tournament.
However, the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have hinted that they won’t play and will instead participate in the ATP Tour’s World Team Cup.
Zverev, though, has made it clear that he won’t take part in the Davis Cup finals in November, even though he could feature for Germany in the play-offs.
“Next year is no ATP World Cup yet, so it’s the year after,” the world No 5 said.
“I’m not going to play Davis Cup in November. I am going to play in February in Germany, in Frankfurt, I’m going to do that.
“The Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about. One of them is the dates. I think the date is very important and I think none of the top players will play, except Rafa because it’s in Spain.
“I’m very, very sure that a lot of top players will not play. We’ll see how it goes.”
The World Team Cup is expected to take place before the Australian Open in January 2020 and Zverev is much more open to that idea as it is unlikely to be a scheduling nightmare.
“I don’t know much about it yet. It’s still a long time to go for the event,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s going to be a good event. Obviously, it’s in the first week of the year, so it makes sense to play, and it’s in Australia as well.
“So it’s not bad schedule-wise.”
More from Tennis365:
Emma Raducanu to be given ‘homecoming’ broadcast to toast her US Open win
The Lawn Tennis Association are set to give Emma Raducanu the welcome home she deserves.
Exclusive – Assessing Novak Djokovic’s legacy with one of the game’s leading writers
Novak Djokovic has always been fighting a losing battle in a popularity contest with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Emma Raducanu could secure a place in lucrative end-of-season WTA finals
Raducanu could be on course to secure a remarkable place in the lucrative end-of-season WTA finals in Mexico.
Andy Murray eyeing up leap in the rankings after another win in Metz
Murray is one win away from a return to the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
Emma Raducanu confirms first sponsorship deal and plenty more will follow
The sponsorship opportunities are rolling in for…
‘Winning is what sport is all about’ – Andy Murray reacts to one of his best wins of 2021
The former world number dispatched the home favourite favourite 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Andy Murray accepts wildcard as he prepares to return to scene of one of his great wins
Murray completed a comeback few believed was possible when he won the ATP event in Antwerp in 2019.
Coaching guru insists Emma Raducanu still has much to prove after US Open win
She is the new queen of tennis…
Roger Federer on his latest fitness battle and Novak Djokovic’s US Open final defeat
Roger Federer has not made…
Emma Raducanu makes a leap in the tennis rankings without striking a ball
Raducanu has enjoyed a welcome rankings boost, without even striking a ball in anger.