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Staging World Team Cup depends on player’s support: ATP President

Chris Kermode, the president of the Association of Tennis Professionals has said there is a demand for a World Team Cup, which has not been played for the last 35 years.

tennis Updated: May 16, 2018 12:32 IST
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has also planned an overhaul of the Davis Cup, leading to the formation of the World Cup of Tennis that could start at the end of November next year
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has also planned an overhaul of the Davis Cup, leading to the formation of the World Cup of Tennis that could start at the end of November next year(Getty Images for LTA)
         

Holding two world team events within a short period of time is an “insane” idea, according to Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) President Chris Kermode.

The ATP has proposed a revamped World Team Cup, starting in 2020, in partnership with Tennis Australia that will be held before the Australian Open in January.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has also planned an overhaul of the Davis Cup, leading to the formation of the World Cup of Tennis that could start at the end of November next year.

If both competitions are approved, men’s players will end their season at the World Cup of Tennis and after a very short break, start preparing for the World Team Cup and the following grand slam.

Kermode believes it would be very taxing.

“It doesn’t make any sense to have two team events. Personally I think that would be insane. Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen,” Kermode, who is also the ATP’s executive chairman, told BBC Sport.

“... Davis Cup is a sports entity that has been around for hundreds of years and we value it.

“Equally the World Team Cup was an event we had for 35 years. It’s been off the shelf for a while, but could we bring that back? I think there’s clearly a demand for a huge team event that anyone can buy into.”

He said the ATP and ITF had held talks but failed to find a solution so far. The 53-year-old believes that the decision over which tournament goes ahead will be based on the players’ support for either.

First Published: May 16, 2018 12:30 IST

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