Davis Cup, Laver Cup getting a new companion

Novak Djokovic is backing a new men's team competition from 2020

Novak Djokovic fears staging a revamped Davis Cup finals and a revived ATP World Team Cup weeks apart could hurt the sport and result in creating two "average" events.

Details of the ATP Cup were revealed at a news conference at London's O2 Arena on Thursday where Kermode was joined by Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley and world number one Novak Djokovic.

"This event will help us all achieve that while connecting with new generations of tennis fans". Players qualify for the tournament through their ATP ranking.

The ATP Cup is not mandatory, but will award 750 ranking points and a total of $15 million in prize money.

In a video promoting the ATP Cup, Djokovic called the event the "best way to kickstart the season".

"You can have multiple team events, that's not the issue", ATP president Chris Kermode said.

Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley said: "This is an incredible opportunity, in close collaboration with the players and the tour, to deliver a globally impactful event that further elevates the sport and the fan interest in it". The inability of the ATP and the ITF (who run the Davis Cup) to work together and form a practical solution is indicative of a sport highly charged by internal politics and difference of opinion.

The new event, seen as a threat to the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) revamped Davis Cup, which will start with an 18-nation finals in Madrid next November, will take place over 10 days in three Australian cities.

Tiley said more than three Australian cities were bidding to stage the ATP Cup and that discussions were ongoing with the likes of Brisbane, which now stages a combined event in the same week as the ATP Cup, as well as the Hopman Cup, the ITF-sanctioned mixed team event held at the same time. "I honestly don't think it's good for the sport".

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Meanwhile, the ITF event will be an 18-team end-of-season event, which will crown the Davis Cup champions from 2019.

"The issue is timing, being so close, I get that", Kermode said at a press conference at London's O2 Arena on Thursday, which is now holding the Nitto ATP Finals. "In 2020 we will run a great event and in partnership with the ATP Tour we will do all we can to ensure the Davis Cup is also a magnificent global event", he added. "That's the issue. But I've said it before", Zverev said. "Even if the ATP Cup didn't exist, the Davis Cup still doesn't have a week which is the issue".

The big advantage of this scheduling is that all the players will want to be in Australia to prepare for the year's first slam.

Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley added: "This is an fantastic opportunity, in close collaboration with the players and the tour, to deliver a globally impactful event that further elevates the sport and the fan interest in it".

The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.

Nations will be split into six groups, with eight emerging to compete in a knockout phase.

Up to five players will make up each team and a tie will consist of two singles matches and one doubles. "The assurance that I want to give everybody is we will only be doing things if we think it is better - and that's why this is a test".

Entry criteria will be dictated by the ATP ranking of the number one singles player from each nation.

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