The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a brand new companion

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15 Nov 2018, 22:10 IST
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LONDON (AP) — The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a brand new team-competition companion.

The lads’s tennis tour mentioned Thursday the debut of the ATP Cup will happen in January 2020, only a week earlier than the beginning of the Australian Open.

The announcement of the 24-team occasion comes three months after the Worldwide Tennis Federation — backed by a gaggle of traders spearheaded by Barcelona soccer participant Gerard Pique — mentioned it might maintain a one-week competitors for 18 nations in Madrid in November 2019.

The ATP Cup will likely be performed over 10 days in three yet-to-be-confirmed Australian cities.

“You possibly can have a number of staff occasions, that is not the problem,” ATP president Chris Kermode mentioned. “The problem is that the timing is so shut and I get that. I am actually, actually assured that down the road we are going to discover a decision for this.”

The ATP Cup, which is able to provide $15 million in prize cash for gamers, will likely be held in partnership with Tennis Australia. The placement and timing is meant to offer perfect preparation forward of the Australian Open, with the primary Grand Slam of the season beginning in Melbourne per week later.

Tennis Australia can be a accomplice of the Laver Cup, one other annual staff competitors, which started in 2017 and pits European gamers towards a “World” staff in September.

“We’ll guarantee that in 2020 we run a fantastic occasion and we’ll do no matter we are able to in partnership with the tour and others to make sure that Davis Cup can be a powerful international occasion,” Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley mentioned.

Nations will qualify for the ATP Cup by advantage of the rating of their highest-seeded participant and can then be cut up into six teams of 4 to compete in a spherical robin, which is able to characteristic one doubles contest and two singles matches.

In contrast to the Davis Cup, the ATP Cup will provide rating factors, which will likely be primarily based on particular person outcomes. A participant who wins all his matches — and the event — might declare 750 factors.

The launch befell on the O2 Enviornment in London, the place the boys’s tennis tour’s flagship occasion, the ATP Finals, is presently happening.

“We’ve Davis Cup, clearly, that has been probably the most historic staff occasion,” mentioned top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the president of the ATP Participant Council. “And now we’ve got the ATP Cup that’s undoubtedly going to be proper up there by way of its worth from the gamers’ perspective.”

The ATP previously held a World Crew Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany, which ran for 35 years however was discontinued in 2012.

“All of us gamers all over the world are unified and united on this occasion,” American participant John Isner mentioned. “It is the proper week for it. Everybody needs to be in tip-top form come the Australian Open and this occasion goes to permit us to try this.”

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