Opelka fires vol­ley at ‘pa­thetic’ ATP Cup

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

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.”

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