According to International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty, the Davis Cup and the new ATP Team Cup could well join forces to create a new single tournament after positive talks, the BBC report.
This weekend’s Davis Cup final between France and Croatia in Lille is the last one in the 118-year-old current home-and-away format.
The event next year is set to be an 18-nation, World Cup-style showdown, which will take place in Madrid next November, after agreeing a 25-year partnership with Kosmos, an investment group founded by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
The new ATP event, involving 24 international teams, will begin in the 2020 season, just six weeks after the first World Cup-style event.
However, ITF president Haggerty admitted that there has been “fruitful talks” between the ATP and ITF recently, after concerns were raised by numerous professionals over a congested player schedule.
Current world number one Novak Djokovic said creating two “average events” would not be good for the sport and could potentially welcome a merged format.
Talking in the week, Haggerty said:
We had very productive meetings in London with the ATP, Kosmos, the ITF, the Grand Slams and the players to talk about what is the best thing to do for tennis.
We will meet again in January to continue the dialogue.