ITF proposes plans for major Davis Cup revamp, but have they got it wrong?

The ITF yesterday announced proposed plans for the much needed revamp of Davis Cup. However have they got their plans wrong. Davis Cup fails to attract the top players on the tour and surely the ITF’s first plan is getting them to play but let’s have a look at the details…

The man behind the changes…

This is where it gets weird. The ITF announced a plan for a 25 year, $3 billion partnership with the investment group Kosmos where they hope to transform the Davis Cup and will generate substantial revenues for global tennis development. The founder and president of Kosmos is Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique (yes this is correct). Gerard Pique has given a statement which says;

“Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF. Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players. Kosmos will also invest $3 billion over 25 years into tennis that will help develop the game worldwide.”
What do the ITF want?
ITF President David Haggerty said;
“Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF. Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players. Kosmos will also invest $3 billion over 25 years into tennis that will help develop the game worldwide.”
Getting the top players on the tour to play Davis Cup is tough as it is due to scheduling and towards the end of the season players revise their schedules now due to the physical demand and the season ends with Shanghai Masters, Paris Masters, World Tour Finals, Next Gen Finals within 5 weeks of each and then another intense week of tennis? Despite the potential financial reward players will be knackered.
Goodbye home and away!
This proposed changes to the tournament would mean a goodbye to home and away ties which is what Davis Cup is all about with the atmosphere the fans bring all over the world this won’t happen if the new plans come into place.
Where will it be?
Countries will bid for the tournament every year by the sounds of it and it won’t be short of bidders as everyone will want to host the tournament to get a chance to see their team at home as well.
What about the Fed Cup?
Davis Cup and Fed Cup are both tournaments ran by the ITF but no plans have been announced for the revamp of Fed Cup… maybe they have forgotten? If you are going to revamp one, revamp the other. Both need it but one should not be favoured over the other and the ITF know this but $$$ talks…
Will it happen?
An AGM will take place in August where a two thirds majority vote is needed to pass it. At the last AGM they did vote against three set matches and early rumours suggest some tennis federations are against it as for some these home Davis Cup ties are the only chance they get to see professional tennis at home.
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