Djokovic backs one world tennis titles

Laine Clark
Novak Djokovic wants to see a single world championship of tennis

Novak Djokovic is hopeful organisers can create a single world championship of tennis by 2022 after admitting it was not ideal to hold the inaugural ATP Cup so soon after the Davis Cup.

Players on Thursday raised questions about the event - from its timing, to its uniforms - while one competitor even claimed the tournament had left participants and fans confused.

The 10-day ATP Cup boasting $A21 million prize money officially starts on Friday, featuring 24 teams contesting round robin clashes in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney before finals action moves to Sydney.

However, it comes just weeks after the $A25.5 million Davis Cup was held featuring 18 teams in a new-look soccer World Cup-style event in Madrid.

World No.2 Djokovic - who is also the ATP player council president - admitted something had to give.

"We need to have one super World Cup event, whatever you want to call it," he said.

"If the two sides, the ITF (the Davis Cup) and the ATP get together very quickly, it can happen possibly for 2022.

"I hope it will happen because it's kind of hard to get top players to commit to play both events, the Davis Cup and the ATP Cup.

"And it's six weeks apart, so they're not really helping each other in terms of marketing, in terms of the value of the event."

Even Djokovic admitted it had been hard to commit to the inaugural ATP Cup after traditionally starting his season at the Qatar Open.

"It was not easy because I like playing in Doha," he said.

"But the ATP Cup is a new product, a new baby of ATP and I thought it was also kind of my responsibility (to play) being part of the council.

"And I think it's good for tennis that there is innovation - ATP is looking to innovate."

Canadian rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime backed having one world championship, saying the ATP Cup's emergence had left fans and players scratching their heads.

"It's confusing I think for us but also for the fans. I have people telling me they're not really sure what's going on," he said.

"You take someone that doesn't really know about tennis and you tell them we have the biggest world championship of tennis at the end of the year and now we're starting with another one.

"Why not unite the forces and just create the biggest world championship there is in tennis?"

French veteran Nicolas Mahut even had a problem with the ATP Cup's uniforms.

"Two team competitions is too much but we are also having an issue with the shirts," he said.

"We cannot play with France on the back, which is, for me, very special when you are representing your country but we're going to find a solution."