Canadian Denis Shapovalov calls for the merger of the ATP Cup and the Davis Cup
SYDNEY: Canadian Denis Shapovalov called to the organizers of the Davis cup Finals and the ATP Cup Working together to create a world championship, saying it felt strange to play two similar consecutive events.
The inaugural edition of the revamped Davis cup , the International Tennis The emblematic event of the Federation, was held in November at La Caja Mágica in Madrid with 18 nations playing a work of art in the style of the World Cup of football for a week.
The rival ATP The cup, which will see 24 nations compete in three Australian cities for 10 days starting Friday for the first time, is similar in nature and the big question remains whether the two can coexist in the future.
The 20-year-old Shapovalov played brilliantly to lead Canada to it first Davis cup final where they eventually went down to Rafa Nadal's Spain.
The world number 15 will again take up the mantle from Friday for Canada, who have been clubbed with Germany, Greece and hosts Australia in Group F of the ATP Cup .
It would be great to have an event that is a world championship, he told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday. A month ago we played the world championship and now it seems that we are playing another.
It would be great if they could organize and make a great event, turn it into a unique and special tournament. Hopefully they can reach an agreement and make something happen.
The new Davis cup format was voted in by the ITF in 2018 and bankrolled by a $3 billion 25-year partnership with Kosmos, the Barcelona-based investment company owned by soccer player Gerard Pique.
Both Pique and Novak Djokovic, the president of the ATP 's Player Council, have in the past said the two event cannot co-exist and a solution must be found.
The ATP Cup will have total prize money of $15 million. The new Davis cup Finals offered around $18 million to teams and another $9 million to federations.
"I think the timing is interesting. I think it is a little bit strange to have it at a similar time as Davis cup ," Shapovalov said.
It is a strange feeling to play a world championship and then enter another event that is more or less the same. We will see how it develops.