Tuesday , May 30 2023

ATP Cup: New team competition in competition with Davis Cup


Alekander Zverev can still hope for the ATP World Tour Finals Semifinals. The victory against John Isner on Friday reached the fifth world rankings – while Zverev would like to be on vacation. The 21-year-old complained in London for the "absurd" long tennis season. "At one point, you are mentally and physically in the end," said Zverev, who feels "two months ago" that does not fit.

The tennis calendar now becomes another competition. In January 2020, the ATP Cup for 24 teams will be held for the first time in Australia, announced the organization of ATP players on the margins of the tournament in the finals of the season. That's why the tournament should last for ten days and will be held in three different Australian cities. 24 teams are divided into six different groups.

The ATP Cup is considered to be the successor to the World Cup, which was considered a team World Cup and was held between 1978 and 2012 in Dusseldorf. In direct competition, a new event could be Hopman Cup. The mixed competition is traditionally played at the turn of the year, hosted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

There is no time in time, because in mid-January Australian Open in Melbourne begins. The competition also competes with the Davis Cup, which has reformed the ITF World Federation and celebrates the premiere at the end of November 2019 after the World Tournament in the final.

Zverev prevented participation in the Davis Cup reform. The situation is different with the ATP Cup, which is praised for its early performance. "It will be the best way to start the season," said Novak Djokovic. He advocates team events, as one of them is more than 90 percent of the time as an individual on the road. Also, Roger Federer and American number one John Isner spoke positively about the new format.

But whoever participates in the ATP and Davis Cup, there is an eleven-year season and a maximum of two weekly vacation per year.

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