London | Murray gets behind the ATP Cup
JAMIE Murray has backed the ATP Cup.
The new world team competition – launched on Thursday – will be staged for the first time in January 2020, just six weeks after the Davis Cup final.
And there have already been calls to combine the events.
Brit Murray, a Davis Cup winner in 2015, said: “We don’t know (if the only compromise would be to combine) because we don’t know how it’s going to play out.
“Personally I believe the ATP Cup is going to be a huge success. Davis Cup? That’s up in the air because we don’t know how it’s going to play out.
“But I guess the question you guys will ask is: Which one do you want to win more? I guess that’s the question. But we’ll see. I know they’re still trying to change the date of the Davis Cup Finals, that’s what they want to do. So we’ll see how that develops.
“Both events are providing a lot of prize money, and I think that will encourage a large majority of the player field to play both events.
“Me? I’m excited about the ATP Cup. I think it’s going to be a great event for the ATP. It’s a players’ event.
“We’ve been on the council the last three years, working to try to make it happen. It’s obviously come to fruition now. It’s a great way to kick off the year.
“It’s a great week (January 3-12 with the Open starting on the 20th) for getting the top guys committed to playing the event, because obviously everyone wants to play at the start of the year in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
“Tennis Australia obviously helping, as well, partnered with the event. Those guys always run brilliant events. I’m sure they’ll do a great job with this one.”
Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, already assured of a semi-final spot, made it three wins out of three by beating the Scot’s former partner John Peers and Henri Kontinen 3-6 7-6 (10-3) in their last group game in the ATP Finals doubles at the 02 in London.
The former world No.1 doubles player, 32, said: “It was a great effort for to us win the match because we obviously were hanging in a lot of the time.
“We never find it easy to play those guys because they serve so well, they got a lot of firepower. They make it stressful for you.
“But we hung in. Again, we played our best at the end, which is really what matters in doubles.”