Opelka fires volley at ‘pathetic’ ATP Cup
AMERICAN No.3 Reilly Opelka signed off from the Davis Cup Finals by firing a shot at the looming ATP Cup, describing the team event in Australia as “pathetic”.
US hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the revamped Davis Cup ended despite a 2-1 Group F victory over Italy.
The new-look Davis Cup, replacing the old World Group format with an 18-nation seven-day showdown in Madrid, has split opinion and the 24-nation ATP Cup, jointly funded by Tennis Australia, six weeks later, is a rival.
“Well, the ATP Cup is pathetic. I think it’s shocking on behalf of the ATP for them to pass that and allow that,” Opelka said. “It’s pretty embarrassing, actually.”