Novak Djokovic has expressed his concerns about the crowded tennis calendar and hopes that tournaments can be combined. The Laver Cup and Davis Cup Finals succeed each other in a short time and in January the ATP Cup will be added.
"Certainly it is not easy. You have to make sacrifices, you cannot escape that. You cannot keep everything positive and ideal," says Djokovic, who is now quarter-finalist with Serbia at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
"Unfortunately, it has not been possible to bring the two events together in the last three years, but the good thing is that the intention is still there. In my eyes, the tournaments cannot be separated while there are only six weeks in between. "
The Laver Cup, in which a European team will compete against a formation with players from the rest of the world, was held this year from 20 to 22 September. The Davis Cup Finals, which are not organized by the ATP, are from November 18 to November 24.
In addition, the first edition of the ATP Cup will follow at the start of 2020 (3 to 12 January), with country teams also facing each other.
Novak Djokovic in action on behalf of Serbia at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Djokovic member of players' council ATP
Djokovic is, just like top players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, part of the ATP player council, allowing him to talk about the future of tennis. Towards new conversations, he first wants to wait for the ATP Cup.
"We will see in Australia what the ATP Cup is going to bring us. I think the tournament will be a success, because many top players will participate because it is leading up to the Australian Open," he says.
The experienced Serbian also shares Nadal's criticism of the new set-up of the Davis Cup Finals, with many games going on late into the night due to the overcrowded schedule.
"A program with eighteen teams in a week is simply very complicated. Perhaps it should be made into an elite tournament with eight instead of eighteen participants, with qualifying matches at different locations."
Serbia-Russia, Great Britain-Germany and Argentina-Spain are the posters in the quarter finals of the Davis Cup Finals. At the expense of Australia, Canada is already certain of the semi-final battle.