ATP Cup: Team tournament confirmed for January 2020

ATP Cup: Team tournament confirmed for January 2020

Men's Tour chief Chris Kermode has rejected suggestions of an ATP "land grab" when launching a new $US15 million ($A21 million) team competition to start in Australia in January 2020.

16 de noviembre de 2018, 15:32London, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) The Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer, victor of 20 Grand Slam titles, on Friday supported the possibility of playing the Davis Cup in the first week of the year.

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".

The move represents the latest initiative by ATP to innovate in the sport, as well as providing increased earning opportunities for its players, and introducing new fans to the game. It will offer $15 million in prize money and up to 750 ATP Rankings points to the winners. 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 inaugural edition will follow the final stages of the revamped Davis Cup, which ends the 2019 season under its new format - just six weeks prior to the start of the new campaign and the ATP's own worldwide tournament.

Kermode, the ATP's Executive Chairman and President, said talks had been held with the ITF at this week's ATP Finals, including about freeing up a preferable date for the Davis Cup. The model looks appealing, at a first glance, though the most obvious downside is the likely scheduling clash with the equally new-look Davis Cup. "To have a new, fresh team event - the ATP Cup - will kick-start the year in the best possible way and on our terms".

The ATP Cup, an expanded revamping of the old ATP World Team Cup, which ran for 35 years until 2012, will have 24 teams of up to five players and is expected be held in January 2020 over 10 days across three cities.

"The Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about, I think", he said.

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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.

He continued: "From what I've heard from conversations with people from all of the sides, different sides in this sport, they all want to have one event because it's oversaturated with different cups, different events".

The first two editions of the new format will be held in Madrid in '19 and '20. 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. "This is us promoting big events in which we can attract new audiences".

"If you make it in a team format, it can be fun", Federer said.

"Obviously the Davis Cup and World Team Cup situation is delicate".

In the ATP Cup, countries will be split into six groups, with eight nations then progressing to the knockout stage. "We couldn't delay it any longer, hence announcing this going forward with all the players' backing, and I think in the future it will be interesting to see what happens".

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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