Like Davis Cup: Zverev suggests teams compete at the Olympics
The Hamburg tennis star can imagine another Olympic competition. But he also warns of a lot of innovation.
like. Tennis star in Hamburg Alexander Zverev There will be a group competition Olympic Games style Davis Cup or ATP Cup very attractive. “This Davis Cup can also be brought to the Olympics,” said fifth place in the world rankings during the Tokyo Games and suggested, “In the first week we play singles and doubles. In the second week we can play a team competition. That will be very special.”
In tennis, there are five decisions in the Olympics: singles and doubles for women and men, as well as mixed. As a team competition, there is only the Women’s Billie Jean King Cup during the season, the men’s Davis Cup at the end and the ATP Cup in Australia at the start of the season.
Zverev: “Classic tennis must remain”
However, Zverev cautioned against making too big changes to make tennis more attractive to new target groups. “Classic tennis should remain classic tennis,” said the 24-year-old from Hamburg, who is also a bitter opponent of the Davis Cup, which was turned upside down in 2019 and has not played since.
Since soccer star Gerard Pique acquired the rights to the Davis Cup with investment firm Cosmos for what is claimed to be €3 billion, the traditional competition is no longer played year-round with home or away matches in the respective participating countries, but rather over the course of a year-end tournament. . This season’s finals will take place from 25 November to 5 December in Madrid, Turin and Innsbruck.