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Novak Djokovic leads calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic said yesterday there was no point in having two men's team competitions for tennis and suggested the new ATP Cup should merge with the Davis Cup.

The inaugural ATP Cup kicks off today, replacing a number of Australian Open warm-up tournaments with the new round-robin competition.

It comes six weeks after the revamped Davis Cup, which also has countries playing each other in a round-robin format, was held in Madrid.

Canadian Denis Shapovalov suggested earlier that both events - one run by the men's tour, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and the other by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) - should combine.

"It's a really similar event and it's literally back-to-back from the other one," he said.

"So it's a little bit of a weird sensation coming from what felt like the world championships coming to play another world championship.

"So I don't see why they, the ATP and ITF, can't combine, can't join, can't come to some agreement and make just one, really unique and special tournament for everyone."

When asked about the Canadian's comments, Djokovic, who is on the ATP players' council, agreed.

"We need to have one Super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it," he said.

"That's not going to happen next year as well. But, if the two sides, the ITF, the Davis Cup, and the ATP get together very quickly, it can happen possibly for 2022.

"I hope it will happen because it's kind of hard to get top players to commit to play both events, the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup.

"And it's six weeks apart, so they're not really helping each other in terms of marketing, in terms of the value of the event."

Djokovic does not usually play in Australia before the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he will use the ATP Cup to prepare for his attempt to win an eighth Australian Open crown.

"Melbourne Park was always very suitable to my game, and I can't wait to go back there," he said. - AFP