New $15 million dollar team competition to launch 2020 tennis season

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his group stage match against Germany's Alexander Zverev. Andrew Couldridge Action Images via Reuters

Speaking on Wednesday, world No 1 Novak Djokovic had voiced his fears about the future of the 118-year-old Davis Cup competition, claiming two similar events in the space of six weeks was "not sustainable".

Obviously we have the Davis Cup, a historical team event, but now we have the ATP Cup that is definitely going to be right up there from a players' perspective.

"If you do events do it big", Kermode said, adding that timing wasn't a factor for the ATP Cup given that it exists within the framework of the Tour.

On Thursday the ATP's chief Chris Kermode and Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, together with ATP Player Council President Djokovic, will hold a news conference in London to launch the World Team Cup which is set to start in January 2020.

There will be group matches taking place in three as yet unnamed Australian cities before a final, most likely in Sydney, with a week to spare before the season's first Grand Slam begins.

Kosmos has committed $41m for each of the next two seasons to run the new Davis Cup - $82m in all, that is - and they are not ready to rip their model up and start collaborating at this stage. "I'm really, really confident that down the line we will find a resolution for this".

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said the team event was part of the Tour's attempt to grow the sport, and has been in the woodworks for nearly five years. "I honestly don't think it's good for the sport".

This will see 18 nations competing in a single event in a single week.

Disc-less Xbox One sku coming in spring 2019 - rumor
The device will allegedly serve as a bridging product ahead of the 2020 release of the next-gen Scarlett family of devices.

Qatar launches Es'hail-2 satellite
That wasn't the case, however, with liftoff taking place successfully and the satellite being deployed around half an hour later. Meanwhile, SpaceX is planning its next launch for Monday, when it hopes to launch a different booster for the third time.

Kim Porter, Mother of Diddy’s Children Found Dead At 47
While the rapper turned businessman hasn't spoken out yet, a source told People magazine , " Diddy is devastated and shocked". I ask that you give the families privacy at this time", Diddy's rep Cindi Berger confirmed to TMZ on Thursday.

"We all know it's complicated, we have 64 (ATP) events and we have the Slams, it's a lot of tennis".

"We'll make sure in 2020 we run a great event and we will do whatever we can in partnership with the Tour and others to ensure the Davis Cup is also a magnificent global event".

"From what I've heard, different sides in this sport, they all want to have one event because it's over-saturated with different cups, different events".

"We have to try to focus on quality rather than quantity".

Zverev, John Isner, Alex de Minaur, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov, Roger Federer, Jamie Murray, Kyle Edmund, Taylor Fritz, Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem, Frances Tiafoe, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Marin Cilic all appeared in the video too, in support of the ATP Cup. But I think it's time to have a fresh look. "Whether I think the structure of the ATP specifically can be better, I actually do". I reckon 90 to 95 per cent of the players will still want to play both events because of the financial rewards.

"The issue is that our season is way too long".

"You can point to many, in some cases sports have three or four team events that are successful so this is not unique for the ATP and the sport to have several team events".

Other experiments include sudden death deuce - which has been a feature on the ATP doubles tour for over 10 years - communication with coaches via headset, electronic line calling and a rack at the back of the court so it becomes the player's responsibility to collect their towel, not the ball kids.



Latest news

Roger Federer BOUNCES BACK to defeat Dominic Thiem
It took Anderson just 31 minutes to complete his first set masterclass against Nishikori and he didn't take his foot off the gas. Federer said he had seen everything "negative" against Nishikori, "today I was more positive and I love playing in London".

Trump Is Questioning Mike Pence's Loyalty
Overseas in Papua New Guinea, Pence told reporters that he and Trump discussed the story and had a "good laugh" about it. "The New York Times did a phony story, as usual, about my relationship with [Pence]", Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Actress Rebel Wilson loses bid to keep most of her defamation payout
Hollywood actor Rebel Wilson has lost her appeal to keep most of her record $4.7million payout in defamation against Bauer Media. I never thought I would be here and it's such an incredible experience to go through, and incredible that I won the case.

Trupti Desai aborts Sabarimala trip, vows to come back
We chose to return as we didn't want violence due to us. "About 20 minutes ago we had a meeting with police officials. It saddens me to see that people who call themselves Ayyappa devotees are abusing & threatening us", she said.

Southgate rallies England ahead of Nations League decider
Sports Mole looks at how England could line up for their winner-takes-all UEFA Nations League showdown with Croatia at Wembley. The teams that finish bottom of the group in League A are relegated to a group in League B.

Yemen: UK drafts United Nations resolution condemning Houthi ballistic missiles
A report by Reuters news agency said, "the coalition has instructed forces on the ground to halt fighting inside Hodeidah". However, the Yemeni president was later forced to flee the country to Saudi Arabia when the rebels were approaching Aden.

Celtics' Smart: We have to look at ourselves in the mirror
After a slow start to the season for the Boston Celtics , head coach Brad Stevens is considering lineup changes. In games where Ryan Arcidiacono plays 30+ minutes, the team is 2-3, but the average loss is only by five points.

Iran executes two men accused of economic crimes
State TV reported that Vahid Mazloumin and his accomplice, Mohammad Ismail Ghasemi, were hanged early on Wednesday (local time). The second man, Muhammad Kazemi, worked in the corruption network Muslimina and was engaged in the sale of these coins.

Blood Pressure Drug Recall Expands Again Due To Potential Cancer-Causing Chemical
A close-up picture shows a tensiometer on September 25, 2012 in Godewaersvelde, northern France, during a medical check-up. Several pills that contain valsartan , another drug used by heart patients, have been under a recall since July.

Trump says he finished his written answers in Russian Federation probe
The president also again signaled he will make changes to his Cabinet and White House staff. Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt" and said there was no such collusion.

Ariana Grande Ditches Her Ponytail for Post-Breakup Haircut
As of November 15, the " Thank U, Next " singer is rocking a new cut, and it's safe to say the internet is freaking out. Ariana hinted that her Pete Davidson chapter was over when she reflected on post break-up life earlier this week.

Spain reverses stance on Kosovo athletes in the country
Sadiku also holds an Albanian passport and was expected, along with her two coaches, to receive an entry visa to compete in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.

OH family face death penalty for 'execution-style' murders
As for what comes next, "justice is slow", writes the Chillicothe Gazette , which reports the prosecution will take years. Almost two dozen law enforcement agencies from 10 different states and Canada also assisted with the investigation.

Michelle Obama says un-first lady-like things for Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel quipped. "Our former First Lady is here to share stories from her new autobiography, Becoming ". The former First Lady, during her time in the White House, had to be careful about what she said.

Stan Lee’s final message to Marvel fans will make you tear up
There's something, if you think about it, that is wonderful about somebody caring about you, as I care about them, whom you've never met.

Other news