Wednesday , March 29 2023

Jamie Murray supports the ATP Cup as a winner for the doubles


Another match won, another $ 38,000 bench and the final is a closer round. Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares play well, fighting hard and showing potential champions at the Nitto ATP World Tour finals.

Their 3-6, 7-6, 10-3 victories over Henri Kontinen and John Peers have kept their unbeaten race in the O2 arena, and even if they already qualified for the semifinals on Tuesday, victory was a nice revenge. This time last year, Kontinen and Peers, eventual champions, managed to win better at Murray and Soares in the semifinals. Fighting for what he deserves in the two breaks, Murray and Soares refused to let it happen again.

"It was a great effort for us to win the game because of course we were hooked in many of the time," Murray said. "We've never been easy to play those guys because they're doing so well, they have a lot of firepower. I'm stressing you.

"But we hung up. Again, we played in the end, which matters in doubles."

As unbeaten champions, Murray and Soares could pocketed $ 517,000 (£ 404,000). Between them. Remove the fees and expenses from the check-in, and there is not much left to win the most prestigious ATP double title.

Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, could take home $ 2,712,000 (£ 2.2 million) – all for himself.

In other news, Murray won a $ 19,000 award yesterday, his share of money for winning a round tire in the event for the top eight double teams in the world, a tournament that top teams beat him throughout the year .

A first-time singer in singles from the US Open won $ 54,000. No wonder, therefore, that Murray's response to the launch of the new ATP Cup was fully favored.

With up to 750 rankings awarded to winners and $ 15 million in the prize pool, the joint venture between ATP and Australia Australia could be a profitable start for the season. Over the course of ten days, 24 national teams divided into six groups will battle in three Australian cities – and will come just six weeks after the final finale of the International Tennis Davis Cup of the International Tennis Federation (with a gain of 2 million $ to the winning team) held in late November next year. The timing of the two events is nothing but perfect and, combined with the Laver Cup (the attempt to imitate the Ryder Cup) in September, means there are now three team competitions within four months. Not that Murray thinks; as a double player, he has the bank balance sheet to consider.

"If I'm selected to play these events, I'm going to play them," he said. "If I have a less than a week off season, I have a week less off-season.

"From a personal point of view, there is a lot of money on the table for me as a double player, money that I can not make at other events throughout the year.

"Why will I give up this opportunity for a week? I mean, I can lose another tour during the year, whatever it is."

The International Tennis Federation fought to make the best players engage in the Davis Cup. Now, to make it more tasty, they re-engraved the whole format to have 18 finalists competing in Madrid at the end of the next season. However, no one seems convinced that the format will work.

ATP meanwhile intends to show ITF how to do with their new glossy event.

"Personally, I think the ATP Cup will be a huge success," Murray said. "Davis Cup, who is in the air because we do not know how to play. I think everything is ready for the ATP Cup to be a success."

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