Laver Cup featuring Roger Federer draws criticism from St. Petersburg Open

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Laver Cup featuring Roger Federer draws criticism from St. Petersburg Open

The St. Petersburg Open enjoyed a very successful 2018 edition last month as Dominic Thiem defeated Martin Klizan in a straight-set final. In an exclusive interview with Tennis World USA, the Tournament Executive Director Natalia Kamelzon spoke about the event overall, starting from the fact that Laver Cup is played during the same week as St.

Petersburg. Does it affect the Russian event field? Many top players compete in Chicago, including Novak Djokovic. As per reports, bringing the Serb at the St. Petersburg in 2018 was one of your goals. 'Of course, I do not like that Laver Cup date coincides with quarter-finals, semifinals and also finals of St.

Petersburg Open because it has an impact on our entry list and also the Metz tournament', Kamelzon admitted. 'This year's St. Petersburg Open was our fourth one in a row as Formula TX and we always manage to bring in good players.

So we are not worried by being "closer" to Laver Cup, that is a promotional event, while the event of our is part of the ATP Tour and so you can earn important points on the ATP Rankings. The St. Petersburg Open field speaks for itself - and we are happy with it.

Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Roberto Bautista Agut and many others are part of it. Yeah, we negotiated with Novak Djokovic, but it's up to him to choose.' Kamelzon also did not deny that Davis Cup may move to September after the US Open.

If it happens, the Russian event would take place one week later, it means in late September, and the Asian swing would just be played in October. Nick Kyrgios never played the tournament. Could it be an option for the event in the future? 'In 2018 we had the Canadian Denis Shapovalov who has Russian grassroots, playing a unique backhand.

Even the Russian Daniil Medvedev, another Next Gen player, who reached the quarter-finals here and recently won the Tokyo title. Nick will play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow because he got a wildcard, so I imagine he would like to potentially play in St.

Petersburg as well. If he asks us, we will evaluate.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title