Canadian young gun, Denis Shapovalov has added his voice to calls for the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup to merge into one tournament.
Just over a month after playing a prominent role in Canada’s run to the Davis Cup final in Madrid, Shapovalov finds himself competing in an extremely identical tournament, turning out for his country in the ATP Cup.
“A month ago we played the world championship and now it feels like we are playing another one”, Shapovalov said.
The 20-year-old feels it is strange and weird to have two “world championships” staged in close proximity to each other, and says it would be great if they could merge into one big, unique event.
“It is a weird feeling playing a world championships then coming into another event that is pretty much the same thing”.
“It would be great if they could organize and make one big event, make it a unique and special tournament… Hopefully they can come to terms together and make something happen.
World No. 15, Shapovalov is spearheading the Canadian team at the ATP Cup, and with 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime joining him on singles duties, the Canadians have one of the most exciting combinations in the tournament. The North Americans got off to a flying start on Friday, beating Greece 3-0 in their opening match.
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— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) January 3, 2020
Auger-Aliassime got the ball rolling with a routine 6-1 6-3 victory over Michail Pervolarakis, before Shapovalov won the battle of the No. 1s, edging Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 7-6 to give the Canadians an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The Canadian young guns then teamed up in the doubles rubber to defeat the Greek pair of Pervolarakis and Petros Tsitsipas and complete the clean sweep.
Canada are in Group F alongside Germany and hosts, Australia, and will face the Aussies in their next match on Sunday.