Just a day after Denis Shapovalov urged the ATP and ITF to sit down together and create one unique men's team event, world no. 2 Novak Djokovic has called for the same on Thursday morning in Brisbane. The 16-time Grand Slam champion is among the players who are going to play at both the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Cup that starts on Friday but he would love to see them in one combined Super World Cup tournament from 2022.
Novak once again pointed out there are only six weeks between the Davis Cup Finals and a similar ATP Cup, which is challenging both for the players and two organizations that have to promote the events. Novak will use the ATP Cup to get ready for the Australian Open that starts on January 20, seeking his eighth Melbourne crown and calling the courts at the Melbourne Park the most successful ones of his career.
Novak will make the ATP Cup debut against Kevin Anderson on Saturday, also facing Gael Monfils and Cristian Garin in the remaining Group A encounters at Pat Rafter Arena. "We need to have one Super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it," Djokovic said.
"That's not going to happen next year as well but if the ATP and ITF get together quickly, we could see that in 2020. I hope it will happen because it's not easy to get top players to commit and play both the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup.
Also, they are six weeks apart and that doesn't help in terms of marketing and value of the events. The Australian Open courts at Melbourne Park were always very suitable to my game and I can't wait to go back there.
That's probably the most successful court in my career, in my life, so I love playing there." "ATP Cup is a similar event to what we have at the Davis Cup Finals and they are almost back-to-back in the calendar.
It is a little bit of a weird sensation coming from what felt like the world championships coming to play another similar event," Shapovalov said. "For me, I don't see why the ATP and ITF can't combine and join forces through some agreement to create a unique and special tournament for everyone."