Held within less than two months from each other, the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Cup have offered a chance for the players to represent their countries at two team events at the end of the season and soon after that at the beginning of the new one.
World no. 1 Rafael Nadal was there to battle for the title in each of those, lifting the trophy in Madrid in November before losing the ATP Cup trophy against Serbia on Sunday in Sydney. Rafa had to endure 11 singles matches alone at these two competitions and wasn't particularly happy about that, speaking about the necessity of the ATP and ITF sitting together and creating one unique team event.
World no. 1 described the current situation confusing for the fans and demanding for the players who have to play in both competitions, urging two organizations to find the solution and merge tournaments in a sort of World Cup.
The Spaniard is still uncertain about the possible place in the calendar of that unique event but he hopes to see it in the next couple of years to avoid the situations where the players have to dig deep both at the end of the season and only a couple of weeks later while starting the new one.
"I think it's a great competition but I can't change my mind that two World Cups close to each other is not an ideal schedule," Nadal said. "We need to find a way to fix the situation and find a way to make a deal with ITF and ATP to create a big World Team Cup competition, not two World Cups with a month and a half.
I think that's a confusion for the spectators and we need to be clear in our sport. For the health of our sport and its benefit, we have to find a way to improve the calendar and schedule. When I'm playing here, I'm not thinking about Melbourne, or when I'm playing in Monte Carlo, I'm not thinking about Roland Garros; it is not a preparation for a Major.
I think the ATP Cup is a great competition; I'm excited to be a part of it and represent my country. I enjoyed a lot to share these weeks with my teammates. The organization has been fantastic, just like in Madrid for the Davis Cup Finals, but we have to find a way to create one special team event, not two.
I can't tell you my real opinion about the possible place in the calendar of that potentially unique team event because it will not make sense today; also, it is not that easy and it is a little bit longer conversation."