The Davis Cup and the inaugural ATP cup have been the center of attraction for a while. The tournament just underwent new chances this year and is slated for 18th to 24th November. Under the new format, a total of 18 teams will be taking part. Six groups have been formed, with winners of every group expected to qualify for the quarterfinals. Additional two best runners up team will also be part of the last eight. The final will be decided through a doubles match.
Davis Cups’s new format
The new-look Davis Cup has stirred a debate, with a section of people with interest being against it. Some tennis players decided not to participate citing a tight schedule that the new Davis Cup comes with. Alexander Zverev is one of the players who has had to withdraw since he is not impressed with the idea of playing this competition for one week. Roger Federer also will not be part of this tournament after stating he needs to have time for his family.
But the organizes of this tournament have come out strongly to show their unwavering support. Gerard Pique has tipped the event to be of the best in the ATP’s 119 years of existence. The competition will get underway on Sunday.
Djokovic hopes the ATP and Davis Cups can be merged
The ATP Cup is set to begin on 3rd January to 12th the same month. This competition, which attracts 24 teams, will precede the Australian open. It will be played in three cities, which are Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney. The group stage matches will be played in 6 days in those cities before the knockouts, and the ultimate final takes place in Sydney.
With these essential tennis competitions only being six weeks apart, there have been calls for the two to be combined. Novak Djokovic is among the tennis enthusiasts who have openly expressed the desire to have both the ATP and Davis Cups merged into a single super event.
“I think everything is really possible. You Know, maybe the timing is not just right at the moment. But I think for the sake of tennis, I honestly hope that the conversations are going to happen again on merging two events into one, a super event, because I think it’s necessary, honestly. I don’t think they can both co-exist six weeks apart for many, many years,” he said.
The two competitions have almost the same formats. Nevertheless, the Davis Cup is very old compared to the ATP Cup, which is a very new event and also a better week.
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, Novak played his last match on the 14th of November when he lost to Roger Federer 6-4 6-3 in the R in London.
This year the Serbian has a 54-11 win-loss record. The Serbian has won 5 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon, in Tokyo and in Paris. Novak was the finalist in Rome.
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