They reformed Davis Cup of the Tennis World Federation ITF comes from 2020 to another team competition top class competition.
London (SID) – On Thursday, the Association of Professional Players presented their plans for the ATP Cup, which is six weeks after the premiere of the Davis Cup final in Australia will take place and as a "big" reprint of the former i Dusseldorf World Cup kings were announced.
In three cities on the fifth continent, which are not yet known, 24 nations play for the title. In group play with four teams each and every subsequent round, two singles and one doubles are played per match. The tournament, which preceded Australian Open in Melbourne takes ten days and is equipped with $ 15 million prize money. In addition, players can get up to 750 world ranking lists.
It was only in September that the ITF adopted the reform of the Davis Cup. By the end of November 2019, a final 18-team tournament will take place in Madrid for the first time. However, the date has already caused tough criticism, not just Germany's best player Alexander Zverev has categorically ruled out his participation.
Other than that Davis Cup The ATP Cup has support from the players. "It's the best way to start the season," said the world ranking first Novak Djokovic (Serbia). Zverev The tournament considers "a good way to get tennis competitions". also Roger Federer (Switzerland) and the US number one John Isner expressed kindly to the new format.
ATP president Chris Kermode said at the lateral presentation of the ATP finals in London: "We had it World Team Cup in Dusseldorf for 35 years. Now we take it back, but much bigger, and the players are 100 percent behind it. "At the Düsseldorf Rochus Club, ATP held a team competition from 1978 to 2012 in May before the French Open.
World Federation ITF and the Kosmos investment group, whose face is Spain's football star Gerard Pique, has long been looking for another date, but ATP does not seem to want to free up space in its diary. also Federer, Laver Cup's initiator in September, may not be prepared to hand over the week in the duel between Europe and the rest of the tennis world.