Djokovic: 'Laver Cup is very important but Davis Cup is more historical'


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Djokovic: 'Laver Cup is very important but Davis Cup is more historical'

Novak Djokovic spoke about Laver Cup where he played with Roger Federer for Team Europe last year. Djokovic said: "Laver Cup is very important for tennis. I think it has proven in the last three years that by attracting the best tennis players in the world and also the legends of our sport.

And presenting a unique concept to tennis, which is very similar also copy/paste to Ryder Cup in golf, is something that has generated a lot of interest and a lot of benefits for tennis. That is the reason why it's in the ATP calendar, even though it does not have points.

But it is regarded as an important competition for the future of tennis. And I definitely think the Laver Cup should be supported by the tennis community. But at the same time, you know, when we talk about team competitions, you know, Davis Cup has always been the one that stands out.

It is the most historic one. And unfortunately, in the last three years that also I have been part of this kind of negotiations and conversations that were happening between ITF and ATP and Kosmos and different sides that were involved, there was just no, unfortunately, solution or no deal for the merger of the two events.

But from the very beginning the desire from both sides was always there, and it is still there. Which is a positive thing. And I, you know, am going to repeat what I said yesterday: I think this is the most ideal way to go forward for tennis.

I don't think the two competitions can coexist in the same format six weeks apart. Obviously, we have different elements that we have to take into consideration with scheduling. And as you mentioned, you know, Laver Cup is in September.

So it's not easy, definitely. There's going to be some downsides. But when you make a change, this is inevitable. You can't have everything super positive and ideal. So there has to be some also sacrifice, I guess, on the way.

You know, what is going to be sacrificed or who is going to be sacrificed or whether that's going to happen at all, I don't know. I don't know right now to tell you what's going to happen. I'm just, you know, a part of the council of ATP and someone that, you know, is expressing his own opinion.

But that can be only my own opinion, maybe the leadership of ATP and ITF have something different on their minds. But so far, what I have experienced in the negotiations, conversations with both sides is that they all understand the merge would be the most ideal way for our sport."