Denis Shapovalov: Davis Cup and ATP Cup Should Be Merged


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Denis Shapovalov: Davis Cup and ATP Cup Should Be Merged

Canadian Denis Shapovalov says that the ATP Cup and Davis Cup Finals should be merged to create one World Championship event in tennis. According to Reuters, Shapovalov says, "It would be great just to have one event that is a world championship.

A month ago we played the world championship and now it feels like we are playing another one. It would be great if they could organize and make one big event, make it a unique and special tournament. Hopefully, they can come to terms together and make something happen."

The Davis Cup was held in Madrid in November at the end of the year where 18 nations came together to compete for the title with prize money of around $18 million to the teams. The ATP Cup is being held for the first time this year with 24 nations competing in three Australian cities over 10 days and offers prize money of $15 million.

The Canadian youngster ranked No. 15 in the world, also says that it felt weird to play two team events back to back. The Davis Cup Finals were held at the end of the season while the ATP Cup is the first tournament of the new season.

"I think the timing is interesting. I think it is a little bit strange to have it at a similar time as Davis Cup. It is a weird feeling playing a world championships then coming into another event that is pretty much the same thing. We will see how it pans out."