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Volume 7 No. 149

Events and Attractions

Novak Djokovic said that work is being done behind the scenes toward a Davis Cup solution.

Novak Djokovic said that the ATP and Int'l Tennis Federation are "still trying to figure out the best way forward" for the revamped Davis Cup, according to TENNIS 365. The ITF confirmed "sweeping changes" for the Davis Cup earlier this year. The idea is the "brainchild" of Kosmos, the investment group founded by Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué. However, the ATP Tour is "also planning on introducing a World Team Cup" over the next few years. The likes of Djokovic and Roger Federer have "already indicated that they are likely to skip the Davis Cup and will give preference to the ATP event." Djokovic met with Piqué in Shanghai over the weekend and, although he did not "give away too much detail," he said that they are "working behind the scenes to find a solution." Djokovic: "The meeting with Gerard went really well. Again, we are very honest to each other. ... I'm not going to go into details, because I cannot. These are confidential information. But it's nice that at least, you know, we're talking and there is a dialogue also between ATP and ITF officials, which is important" (TENNIS 365, 10/15).

The FA "strongly condemned violent disturbances in Seville on Sunday," less than a day before England played Spain in the Nations League, and "vowed to sanction any supporter found to be responsible," according to Christian Radnedge of REUTERS. Around 3,000 fans traveled to the southern Spanish city for the match. Video footage on social media "appeared to show large groups brandishing tables and chairs on one of Seville's main shopping streets." Some were also shown vandalizing cars. Riot police were "forced to intervene to disperse the crowds." There were no reports of any arrests or serious injuries (REUTERS, 10/15). The BBC reported video footage showed fans kicking side mirrors off parked vehicles and one man throwing a glass at a passing car in central Seville, although "some complained of heavy-handed policing." The FA said that it will "work with police to help identify any England fans involved in trouble" (BBC, 10/15).

Betting turnover for this weekend's The Everest was 11% higher than in '17.

This year's The Everest will be the second-biggest betting day in Australian racing, "with overall wagering turnover set to soar" over the A$100M ($71.3M) barrier, according to Ray Thomas of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Some wagering operators "have not yet submitted final turnover figures" for Saturday, but Everest Day "has already smashed last year’s betting returns." Redzel won his second successive The Everest at Royal Randwick, with betting turnover on the race itself up 11% on last year with TAB, corporate bookmakers and other wagering operators. NSW TAB turnover on The Everest meeting was up 9% last Saturday compared to '17 returns, when wagering on the race topped A$12M and over A$28M in bets were held by TAB on the Randwick meeting (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 10/15).