2019 Davis Cup controversy: Poland to take ITF to Court of Arbitration for Sport in row over nations ranking



For the 2019 Davis Cup, the Polish team has been placed in World Group III, even though they scored wins over Romania, Slovenia and Zimbabwe last year to qualify for Group I under the old system.
The reason is because the new competition takes into account points won over the past 4 years.

Calude Lamberty, president of Tennis Luxembourg, has sent a formal letter to the ITF:
In the play-off tie last year in April, our [Luxembourg] team won against the Georgian team and achieved by that, according to Davis Cup rules, to stay in Group II.
Now, our team is related to Group III, and Georgia remains instead of Luxemburg in Group II.

Last June Kenya won the Africa Group III championship, booking their place in the Euro/Africa Group II group at the time.
However, following the Davis Cup revamp they are not ranked high enough to play in the group they have technically qualified for in 2018.
Namibia are also in the same situation after finishing runners-up in Africa Group III last year.

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i also thought it was interesting... but nobody seemed to care! :unsure:
(sadly) interesting... :unsure:

Monaco (not that one) and Poland enter no man's Davis Cup land, in opposition to their will
By Sportsman - February 14, 2019

The earlier tennis season had witnessed some important modifications within the construction of the oldest and most essential nationwide competitors on the earth, with the Kosom group taking on the Davis Cup and saying completely different system from 2019. The World Group with 4 weekends was taken away, changed by Davis Cup Qualifiers and Davis Cup finals that focused lighter schedule to lure the top-ranked gamers into their nationwide jerseys as soon as once more. The ITF Annual Basic Assembly In Orlando final August confirmed the historic shifts however not all of the international locations have been pleased with the brand new system, beginning with the second most profitable group Australia.

The brand new construction hasn't affected solely the highest squads, which have misplaced an opportunity to play at house possibly for years, but additionally the lower-tier nations which have labored arduous in Group three over the past couple of seasons. In contrast to previously, the brand new Davis Cup rankings relies on the outcomes from the earlier 4 years which induced large turmoils, sending many groups backed into the Group three regardless of the very fact they earned the spot in Group 2 and even Group 1. For instance, Poland defeated Slovenia, Zimbabwe and Romania final yr to get promoted into Group 1 below the outdated system. As a substitute of that, they’re pushed again to Group three, making ready an attraction however absolutely conscious they will't do a lot in opposition to the highly effective group.

Kenya and Namibia share the identical future, along with Luxembourg, Montenegro, Bahamas, Vietnam and different international locations with small tennis federations and skills to face for themselves in opposition to the federal government physique. Monaco scored 4 Group three wins in 2018 however as an alternative of a well-deserved promotion they must spend one other yr in Group three, one thing they weren’t very comfortable about. Luxembourg toppled Georgia 5-Zero in April to safe the Group 2 spot for an additional yr however as an alternative of that it’s Georgia that stays that keep at that degree whereas Luxembourg was degraded to Group three.

"The ITF could be very performant and productive so far as accumulating actions and selections which is killing the Davis Cup, one of the prestigious worldwide Tennis Competitors with virtually 120 years of Historical past. Now, the brand new guidelines regarding the completely different group ranges of the 2019 format are simply sportingly unacceptable. It is going to be increasingly more tough for gamers and sponsors to maintain their motivation and for the followers their enthusiasm. The Monaco Tennis Federation stands absolutely by different federations dealing with the identical concern: Luxembourg, Poland, Montenegro, Estonia, Namibia, Kenya, Honduras, Bahamas, Kuwait and Vietnam," mentioned Monaco Tennis Federation president Elizabeth-Ann de Massy.

from: https://worldsportsmemorabilia.info...vis-cup-land-in-opposition-to-their-will.html

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