Proposal for revised Davis Cup format

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by alfa164164, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. alfa164164

    alfa164164 Professional

    Feb 19, 2004
    In an effort to recruit the big name stars to participate in Davis Cup on a regular basis, I am proposing the following changes:
    Keep the 4 singles and 1 doubles format, but the new rule is that all 4 singles players and 2 doubles players be different. This would allow each Davis Dup match to be played entirely in 1 or 2 days instead of 3. It would mean each country's "superstar" could only play 1 match (hopefully "superstar" participation would increase with less of a time commitment and less of a physical drain from only playing 1 match). More players would be involved (Spadea would not have gotten shut out like he did last year, but you never know PMac might still have chosed Donald Young over Vinnie, just because).
    In my mind, the greatest tennis country is not the one that has the single best player, but has the greatest depth. This new format would not allow a Becker, Borg, Federer, or Roddick to carry a team by winning 2 singles matches and potentially the doubles as well.
    This would make surface selection more interesting as you would have to look for your team's (and your opponents) strength down the entire line (no difference for Spain or Argentina though).
    What do you think?
  2. rhubarb

    rhubarb Hall of Fame

    Jul 3, 2004
    What's wrong with the present format? The only issue I see is that currently DC takes up 4 weeks of tournament time, at potentially awkward moments in the calendar. That's why you're seeing withdrawls from Davis Cup.
  3. Chadwixx

    Chadwixx Banned

    Jul 3, 2004
    davis cup is a waste. tennis is already an international sport. hold it every 4 years like world cup soccer and ppl may care about it.
  4. Roforot

    Roforot Professional

    Feb 21, 2004
    Agree. Or at least every other year like Golf, and not during Olympic years.
  5. alan-n

    alan-n Professional

    Jul 7, 2004
    That is the reason no one cares for Davis cups... it happens every year and is spread throughout.
  6. Camilio Pascual

    Camilio Pascual Hall of Fame

    Feb 11, 2004
    Alfa - What you propose makes good sense and I'd like that. The real problem Davis Cup has is the scheduling format. The Davis Cup powers-that-be would be wise to talk to the IOC.
    This would be my proposal: Hold Davis Cup during 3 off-Olympic years for nation vs. nation standings, but also to establish some type of point or merit system that determines which nations shall play in the Olympics and how the individual players (and doubles teams) shall be seeded. I believe this would strengthen the value of both in the US without diminishing the value (or even increasing it) in the nations where the Olympics and Davis Cup are held in higher regard than here.

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