Djokovic requires merger of ATP Cup and Davis Cup


MADRID (Information) – Novak Djokovic says the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Cup can’t co-exist and should merge and believes an elite eight-nation competitors in September can be the best situation.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 20, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in motion throughout his match towards Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka Information/Sergio Perez

The 32-year-old 16-time Grand Slam champion helped Serbia to a Three-Zero victory over Japan of their Group A opener on Wednesday at La Caja Magica the place a revamped Davis Cup climax is being contested by 18 nations over seven days.

In January, 24 nations will contest the ATP Cup throughout three cities in Australia, resulting in the apparent query of how two similar-looking workforce occasions can happen six weeks aside.

Djokovic would seem to have his toes in each camps. He’s president of the ATP’s Participant Council but additionally has a deep affection for the Worldwide Tennis Federation’s flagship Davis Cup, having gained the title in 2010.

“I’m positive that organizers of (the Davis Cup) are doing their finest to make this a profitable week, a profitable occasion,” Djokovic advised reporters on Wednesday.

“It’s a whole lot of accountability and strain on them as a result of that is probably the most conventional, historic workforce occasion in our sport. There’s an incredible burden of historical past on them to make it proper.

“However then, in fact, scheduling was at all times a problem, for each ATP Cup and Davis Cup. In my view, which was an thought, that it may occur, was a merger between the 2.

“And so I believe it’s nonetheless open for the long run.”

Satisfying so many alternative pursuits, which additionally consists of the profitable Laver Cup, shouldn’t be simple although, he admits.

“I’ve been a part of discussions by means of the Participant Council, by means of numerous alternative ways within the final three years,” Djokovic mentioned. “After all, the ITF and ATP are two totally different organizations. It’s very complicated. It’s not simple to make any change in our sport.

“Trying long-term, I personally don’t suppose the 2 occasions can co-exist six weeks aside. It’s just a little too congested.”

Djokovic has been upbeat in regards to the new Davis Cup format, which was voted in by the ITF in 2018 and bankrolled by a $Three billion 25-year partnership with Kosmos, the Barcelona-based funding firm owned by soccer participant Gerard Pique.

The revamp, which Djokovic says was crucial due to flagging curiosity within the competitors from gamers and media, has upset many as a result of it has largely carried out away with the much-loved “residence” ties that had been so necessary to nations.

There’s nonetheless a qualifying spherical in February, from which 12 nations ebook their place within the Davis Cup Finals. The 4 semi-finalists from the earlier 12 months qualify routinely, whereas the ITF picks two wildcard nations.

Djokovic believes a midway home can be a greater answer with some sort of “tremendous cup” performed in September.

“I miss taking part in at residence for Serbia within the Davis Cup. However I assist the actual fact there needed to be a change from the outdated format.

“I believe perhaps the best format is someplace in between. Possibly creating an elite eight match and having perhaps one week or two weeks earlier within the 12 months the place nations can play at residence within the qualifications group for the elite eight.”

The ATP Cup could have complete prize cash of $15 million. The brand new Davis Cup Finals provides round $18 million to groups and one other $9 million to federations.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Pritha Sarkar