In truncated Pune trip, Viktor Troicki throws weight behind Davis Cup-ATP Cup merger


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In truncated Pune trip, Viktor Troicki throws weight behind Davis Cup-ATP Cup merger

Viktor Troicki’s route to playing the 2020 Maharashtra Open in Pune began in the qualifying draw and unfortunately ended with him withdrawing from the event with fever, after the first round. Troicki’s ill-health could have been due to the hefty miles that were the start of his year even before this trip.

Thanks to an extended trip Down Under, on account of the ATP Cup and Australian Open. Troicki was part of the Serbian team that won the inaugural ATP Cup – Djokovic and he teamed up in the doubles rubber to give their country a 2-1 victory over Spain in the final – in January.

In a brief conversation with Tennis World USA, in Pune, looking back to that event, apart from the excitement it rekindled, brightening his eyes, Troicki spoke about the implication of the event in reshaping the calendar schedule.

“…The ATP Cup was a great event. Great success, I think. It has a huge potential. Huge potential. I think we will use that. [It has] perfect timing for the year for start of the season. All the players want to play it. Even more players will play it next year.

So, it’s a great event and I am supporting it,” Troicki shared. Then, without any prompting, he added, “Of course, Davis Cup will have to change something if they still want to have it”. Asked to elaborate on what he thought was Davis Cup’s future and whether combining the two events was the way to go forward, Troicki remarked he had heard the “rumours” on the subject among his colleagues.

“I think its eventual that we’ll have like a super cup [Davis Cup and ATP Cup] combined together. It wouldn’t make sense to have such two similar competitions in such a short timing. No, it doesn’t make sense for the organisers and the players,” he affirmed, before joking that he was “not the guy” in-charge of making such a call but that this was his personal view that one team tournament would work better than two.

To that end, in Troicki’s opinion it would work well if the hypothetical super cup were to be held at the start of the year instead of mid-season, following the Davis Cup scheduling. Rhetorically questioning, Troicki noted, “Why not? Why not? We can discuss it [and] all that.

But why not? It’s a great, great start [to] the year. Everyone is fresh, everyone ready to play. So, why not? I think it will be great timing”. Continuing, Troicki also ventured that a change in the event’s scheduling would also reduce the monotony of it being held in Australia.

However, he was quick to riposte the catch that such an occurrence would go on to present. “Maybe just it could be fun if we change it, let’s say we have few years in Australia, then we change it may be somewhere else.

But it would be tough again to play it at that time of the year because Australia is the first Grand Slam of the year”. Troicki’s last statement was matter-of-fact. It also reiterated that the Slams’ place in the tennis calendar’s hierarchy is sacrosanct and that regardless of how the calendar’s movements are shifted year-on-year, there were still some things that remain impervious to change.