Published: Thu, January 02, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic, Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

Djokovic, Nadal lead calls for ATP Cup, Davis Cup to merge

The former world No.13 finally got serious, saying the team environment of the ATP Cup would bring out his best.

The bushfires are the major talking point ahead of the 24-team ATP Cup, which is being held in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

The ATP Cup left no room in the revamped tennis calendar for the mixed-gender Hopman Cup, which is popular with players and has traditionally served as a warm-up for the Australian Open.

"So for me 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".

Rafael Nadal insists he is not treating this month's ATP Cup as preparation for the Australian Open and will give everything to lead Spain to further tennis glory.

"I'm always going to go out there and play with emotion and if I do happen to cross the line, I cross the line - that's just how it is", Kyrgios told reporters.

The young athlete has spent the past few days in Brisbane in preparation for the upcoming ATP Cup, where the Australian team has been paired in the same group as Greece's wonderchild Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michalis Pervolarakis.

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AUSTRALIAN tennis star Nick Kyrgios has proposed an ingenious idea to help those affected by the awful bushfires around Australia. First up in Perth would be the USA against Norway, followed by Russian Federation and Italy.

"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's concerns were shared by world number one Nadal, who also questioned the timing of the events. "I think it is a little bit unusual to have it at a similar time as Davis Cup", Shapovalov said.

"In my opinion the idea, if it could happen, was the merge between the two and I think it's still open for the future".

Djokovic does not normally 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.

"I have had no injuries of yet this year", quipped the world No.30, whose recurring collarbone problem forced him out of Australia's Davis Cup quarterfinal rubber against Canada in November.

"Obviously, that's probably my most successful court in my career, in my life, so I love playing there".

"I think in the context of what this country is going through with the bushfires and for us having to deal with perhaps slightly poor air quality, I think there is the perspective", he said.

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