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Davis Cup to join ATP Tour calendar in 2023

The Davis Cup, up for grabs in Spain in November, will become part of the ATP Tour in 2023.

The Davis Cup, up for grabs in Spain in November, will become part of the ATP Tour in 2023. Photo: AP

The Davis Cup will become a part of the ATP Tour calendar from next year under a groundbreaking deal signed between the governing body of men’s tennis, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and tournament promoters Kosmos.

The move comes after the ATP Cup, a joint venture between Tennis Australia and the ATP was all but put to bed last week with the announcement of a mixed-sex $15 million ($23 million) event featuring teams from 18 nations to kick off the 2023 season.

That new tournament reflects the growing co-operation between the men’s and women’s tours and the ITF who have moved towards streamlining the governance of the game since the COVID crisis disrupted the 2020 season.

“Our focus is always on creating the best possible experiences for our fans and players,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement on Monday.

“Delivering compelling international team competitions that dovetail with the year-round calendar and continue to innovate is a vital part of that.

“The Davis Cup has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to see this important new alliance drive the event forward from 2023.”

This year’s Davis Cup Finals involved 16 nations competing in four groups across Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia.

The knockout stages will be held in November in Malaga, and feature Australia.

The event, which was started in 1900, was revamped from a traditional “home-and-away tie” format three years ago after the ITF did a lucrative deal with Spanish investment group Kosmos.

The ATP Cup, which was viewed as a rival to that tournament, ran for three years with big prize money and high-profile names but failed to attract crowds and struggled with logistical challenges during the COVID crisis.

ITF President David Haggerty said the alliance with the ATP would strengthen the importance of team competition and the Davis Cup’s “unique role in elite men’s professional tennis”.

-Reuters

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