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德约科维奇和纳达尔建议合并ATP杯和戴维斯杯

网球明星诺瓦克·德约科维奇(Novak Djokovic)和拉斐尔·纳达尔(Rafael Nadal)提出,应将这项运动的两个国家队比赛(ATP杯和戴维斯杯)合并。

Sam Groth and Geoff Masters look on during the 2020 ATP Cup Draw in Perth (by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

网球明星诺瓦克·德约科维奇(Novak Djokovic)和拉斐尔·纳达尔(Rafael Nadal)提出,应将这项运动的两个国家队比赛(ATP杯和戴维斯杯)合并。

由网球专业人士协会主办的首届ATP杯今天在澳大利亚开始。距国际网球联合会(International Tennis Federation)举办的翻新的戴维斯杯(Davis Cup)仅仅六个星期。

据路透社报道,德约科维奇在周四的新闻发布会上说:“我们需要举办一场超级世界杯赛事,无论你想称呼什么。

“明年不会发生……但是如果双方,ITF,戴维斯杯和ATP迅速团结起来,有可能在2022年发生。

“我希望这会发生,因为要让顶尖选手承诺参加这两项比赛有点困难。而且相距六个星期,所以他们在市场营销,活动价值等方面并没有真正互相帮助。”

德约科维奇是ATP球员工会主席。

纳达尔说:“对我个人而言,这不是我们这项运动的理想情况,但这就是今天的工作方式,我为我们将来能够改变这一现状感到非常兴奋。”

ATP杯已经在早期的网球赛季中引起了一些改组,澳大利亚公开赛的开始日期被推迟了,包括霍普曼杯和悉尼国际赛在内的季前锦标赛今年都没有举行。

ATP杯将有24个国家队参加。小组赛将于1月3日在布里斯班,珀斯和悉尼举行,淘汰赛将于1月9日至12日在悉尼举行。锦标赛提供了1500万澳元的奖金。

比赛的报道将在180个国家/地区播出。在澳大利亚,免收视费的广播公司第九频道是版权所有者。国际版权持有者包括ESPN(在拉丁美洲),Eurosport(斯堪的那维亚),网球频道(美国),TSN(加拿大),BeIN(法国和中东和北非),朝日电视台(日本),德国天空电视台(德国)和Servus电视(奥地利)。广播由澳大利亚网球局制作,媒体版权的出售由ATP Tour的媒体部门ATP Media处理。

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