LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Alex Zverev says he will not take part in a revamped Davis Cup finals showpiece event in Spain next November.
Changes to the 118-year-old team event will see the competition turned into a week-long competition taking place in November, with 18 nations battling for the title.
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The first two editions will take place in Madrid’s La Caja Magica, the current venue for the Madrid Open.
Men’s Tour the ATP have also announced the start of a rival World Team Cup to begin in Australia in January 2020 with the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer likely to prioritize it.
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The 21-year-old Zverev, regarded as one of the players to lead men’s tennis into a new era, said he would still be available for the Davis Cup qualifying round in February but said he would not play in the November finals week, suggesting the date was a bad choice for most players.
Germany host Hungary in February in Frankfurt and must win to qualify for the Madrid finals.
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“I’m not going to play Davis Cup in November,” world number five Zverev told reporters after his win over Marin Cilic at the ATP Finals on Monday.
“I am going to play in February in Germany, in Frankfurt, I’m going to do that.
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“The Davis Cup has some serious issues to think about. One of them is the dates. I think the date is very important and I think none of the top players...
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