Talks underway to merge Davis Cup with new ATP Cup as competing leagues are both unprofitable… as the underpowered Laver Cup kicks off in Boston
- Discussions are reportedly underway about merging the Davis Cup and ATP Cup
- Both end almost within a month of each other, without making a profit
- Daniil Medvedev leads Europe in underpowered Laver Cup competition
US Open champion Daniil Medvedev leads Europe to the Laver Cup on Friday, minus the continent’s ‘Big Three’ players.
The game against the rest of the world will take place in Boston, amid reportedly serious discussions about a merger of other team events in men’s tennis. According to several credible sources, talks have been held between stakeholders in the historic Davis Cup and its new rival in the men’s game, the ATP Cup, to create one combined tournament.
Currently, the culmination of the Davis Cup is scheduled for the end of the season. Barely a month later, his challenger follows, hosted in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2022.
Talks are underway to merge the Davis Cup with the new rival men’s event, the ATP Cup
Neither event in its current form has come close to profitability, so it makes sense to create one league. While it has not been confirmed, sources say there is interest from Saudi Arabia to host such an event from next year.
With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer injured, and Novak Djokovic refusing to play, the Laver Cup is robbed of some star power as it, somewhat uncomfortably, takes on the Ryder Cup.
Next year it will take place in London and Federer, one of the founders, has expressed hope that he will come back for it.
US Open champion Daniil Medvedev prepares to lead Team Europe in the Laver Cup