American Opelka calls ATP Cup ‘pathetic’

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MADRID (Information) – American quantity three Reilly Opelka signed off from the Davis Cup Finals by firing a shot on the looming ATP Cup, describing the workforce occasion in Australia as “pathetic”.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 20, 2019 Reilly Opelka of the U.S. in motion throughout his match towards Italy’s Fabio Fognini Information/Sergio Perez

U.S. hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the revamped Davis Cup ended regardless of a 2-1 Group F victory over Italy through which the doubles rubber concluded at 4am.

The brand new-look Davis Cup, changing the previous World Group format with an 18-nation seven-day showdown in Madrid, has break up opinion and the 24-nation ATP Cup, going down six weeks later, is seen as a rival competitors.

“Properly, the ATP Cup is pathetic. I feel it’s stunning on behalf of the ATP for them to go that and permit that,” Opelka instructed reporters. “It’s fairly embarrassing, really.

“It’s fairly dangerous for the game. It makes it extra top-heavy than it already is.”

With solely two singles gamers from any nation permitted, Opelka says the ATP Cup shouldn’t carry rating factors.

“For instance, I’m (36) on the planet. I’m not going to play as a result of I’m the second or third-highest ranked American, and solely the highest two guys play,” he stated.

The groups that take part within the Cup are decided by the singles rating of their finest participant. For a rustic to qualify, it should have at the very least three gamers with ATP rankings, and two of them with singles rating.

Opelka identified that these competing within the ATP Cup will get an extra match to assist their rating.

“It’s unfair, there’s not equal alternative for everybody,” he stated. “For instance, Moldova certified. I imply, their No. 1 participant is ranked fairly far behind me and their No. 2 participant I don’t assume he’s ranked.

“In order that’s going to make for an Zero-Zero match that’s going to be 30 minutes perhaps. That’s not good for the game.”

Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond