While Tennis Australia has confirmed that they are in talks with the WTA Tour to hold a WTA event on the lines of the ATP Cup, at least one leading player on the WTA Tour has said she is not interested in playing in such a team competition.
World No. 2 Karolina Pliskova says she would like to keep the WTA event in Brisbane as it is, where she has won twice in the past three years. According to Fox Sports, Pliskova says, “Well, as I’ve been quite successful on this tournament, I would keep it as it is.
No team competitions for me. Of course it (WTA Cup) is for sure interesting more for players, for some players, for fans maybe because you see more matches, you see doubles, and you see the countries against each other. I think it can be fun but I’m not interested about it”.
The men's ATP Tour has hosted the ATP Cup for the first time in Australia this year and so far, it seems to have been well received by the fans and players. The tournament sees 24 countries come together in three Australian cities - splitting into six groups of four teams each.
The winner of each group and the top two runners-up go through to the quarter-finals. With the ATP Cup being played in Brisbane as well, all the early matches at the WTA event were played on outside courts, which led many to believe that the women's event was being treated unfairly and the men's tournament was being given preference.