ATP denies new team event is 'land grab' at Davis Cup's expense

ATP denies new team event is 'land grab' at Davis Cup's expense

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have backed a new men's team competition just a day after the Serbian raised concerns over the timing of the event, which will take place shortly after the revamped Davis Cup.

Three team events, including the Laver Cup which is entering its third year, seems excessive but Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley insisted: "We know from a fans' point of view they love the team events, so yes I believe it is sustainable".

The six-week gap between the two competitions was earlier this year labelled "insane" by Kermode, and on Wednesday Djokovic suggested it would result in "two average events". India is among the 24 teams that will play the Davis Cup qualifiers in February (1-2). The ATP Cup offers great timing, ranking points, and more importantly has player support, something the revamped Davis Cup, which will be played in two parts, may not have. The tournament is a recreation of the old ATP World Team Cup, which ended in 2012 after 35 years.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said the team event was part of the Tour's attempt to grow the sport, and has been in the woodworks for nearly five years.

The ATP announced in July its new team event would start in January, drawing criticism from the ITF which said it was a "missed opportunity" to work together. We know from our extensive discussions with the players that the ATP Cup will provide a great way for them to open their season.

The World Team Cup will take place in partnership with Tennis Australia and feature 24 teams. "I think they can run alongside each other".

Tiley said more than three Australian cities were bidding to stage the ATP Cup and that discussions were ongoing with the likes of Brisbane, which now stages a combined event in the same week as the ATP Cup, as well as the Hopman Cup, the ITF-sanctioned mixed team event held at the same time. The Davis Cup is run by the ITF, the governing body of world tennis, while the ATP, which runs the men's Tour, will stage the ATP Cup.

"The issue is timing, being so close, I get that", Kermode said at a press conference at London's O2 Arena on Thursday, which is now holding the Nitto ATP Finals. Obviously, it's in the first week of the year, so it makes sense to play, and it's in Australia as well. "This is us promoting big events in which we can attract new audiences". The French and the Spanish will be spoilt for choice, but we can expect to see a few unfamiliar faces in the South African and Greek teams, riding on the success of Kevin Anderson and Stefanos Tsitsipas respectively. "That's the issue. But I've said it before", Zverev, whose 55 match wins this year is more than any other player, told reporters.

Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley added: "This is an incredible opportunity, in close collaboration with the players and the tour, to deliver a globally impactful event that further elevates the sport and the fan interest in it".

In contrast, the Davis Cup doesn't offer prizemoney or ranking points.

The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.

The format of the ATP Cup will see nations split into six groups, with eight teams emerging from the round-robin stage to compete in the knockout phase until only one team is left standing.

Each match will consist of two singles contests and one doubles, and they will be staged across three different Australian cities - the identities of which are still unconfirmed.

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