Haggerty expects ITF-ATP consensus on team event by mid-year
A plan to merge the two new men's national teams tennis competitions could be in place by June, David Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, the sport's governing body, has claimed.
The ITF's revamped Davis Cup debuted in Madrid in November, followed six weeks later by the rival ATP Cup in Australia.
The world's top players have been keen to stress the need to have one tournament in order to ease the calendar congestion.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Australian Open, which ended at the weekend, Haggerty told Reuters: "We are talking to the ATP, we've heard the players' comments, we know that the ATP has as well. It would make sense to have one event that could be the team event for the men. We're having discussions and we'll see what happens.
"The vision to me seems to be having one strong event and we're very open to that conversation."
Haggerty told Sportcal in early December that he was seeking an open dialogue with the new ATP executive of Italian pair Andrea Gaudenzi and Massimo Calvelli, who have split the chairman and chief executive roles respectively of the departed Chris Kermode.
Haggerty is in office until 2023, and believes a combined tournament will be on the calendar by then.
The American, who last month was elected to the International Olympic Committee, said of a potential timeframe: "I'd say by Roland Garros, Wimbledon, that sort of timing. A lot will depend on what it would look like, but I think that if the parties are open to looking at various possibilities, anything is possible. I'm an optimist by nature.
"We just have to have those conversations and how we work together. A lot of times, it's not just about the money, it's about the schedule for the players, it's about having more of an off-season. Tennis is committed to having these conversations and trying to come up with the best formula."
The Davis Cup reform was bankrolled by a $3 billion, 25-year partnership with Kosmos, the Barcelona-based investment company owned by soccer player Gerard Piqué.
Haggerty said Kosmos is "part of that conversation" with the ATP, adding: "They're very willing to have the conversation about one team event."