ATP Cup 2020: Denis Shapovalov Wants A Merger With Davis Cup

Published 01/02/2020, 10:47 AM EST

Canadian star Denis Shapovalov has suggested that the ATP Cup and Davis Cup be merged with each other. Apparently, both the tournaments are very similar in their outlook and are being held just two months apart from each other

Shapovalov made this request to the International Tennis Federation (ITF)  and the Association of Tennis Players (ATP). Both these bodies organize the Davis Cup and ATP Cup respectively.

What Did Denis Shapovalov Say?

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Denis Shapovalov turned some heads when he led the relatively inexperienced Canadian team to the finals of the Davis Cup. They eventually went down to the strong Spanish team led by Rafael Nadal.

Denis Shapovalov

“It would be great just to have one event that is a world championship. A month ago we played the world championships and now it feels like we are playing another one.”

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World Number 15 suggested that the two organizations should pool together their resources. As a result, a special tournament with more legitimacy would be possible.

“It would be great if they could organize and make one big event, make it a unique and special tournament. Hopefully, they can come to terms together and make something happen,” said Shapovalov. 

Shapovalov further added that having two world championships, that too at a similar time is weird.

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The new Davis Cup format was voted in by the ITF in 2018. Gerard Pique’s company Kosmos funded the expansion. The partnership was worth $3 billion and for 25 years.

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Denis Shapovalov

The ATP Cup is a novel initiative. However, the team format is pretty much the same, which lightens the concept of a world championship in tennis.

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In the past, Pique and Novak Djokovic, the president of the ATP player’s council have raised questions over the co-existence of these two humongous tournaments.

It remains to be seen if the two organizations agree to come together for the larger interest of the game.

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