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    RIP Davis Cup?



    USTA Statement on the Approval of Davis Cup Reform

    We are very pleased the ITF member nations voted to approve the Davis Cup proposal. The new format will project Davis Cup into the 21st century and elevate tennis' premiere annual team competition to the heights it deserves.

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    Carole Bouchard
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    Tennis Australia's official answer to the ITF vote:

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    From 2019, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week-long season finale to be crowned #DavisCup champions.

    Here’s the new calendar...

    Find out more:



    More HERE
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    Not much positive support for this change on Twitter this morning.

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    PRESS RELEASE

    16 August 2018



    HISTORIC DAVIS CUP REFORMS APPROVED AT AGM
    ITF and Kosmos' transformational Davis Cup by BNP Paribas proposals receive 71.43% majority
    Madrid or Lille to host inaugural event from 18-24 November 2019

    The ITF AGM today voted in favour of the ITF and Kosmos’ transformational reforms to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which will secure the long-term status of the competition.

    From 2019, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week long season finale to be crowned Davis Cup champions. The first edition of the new event will be held in Madrid or Lille from 18-24 November, with the inaugural host city to be announced in the coming weeks.

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “I am delighted that the nations have today voted to secure the long-term status of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. By voting in favour of these reforms, we will be able to work with Kosmos to realise the huge potential of the competition and elevate it to new standards. This new event will create a true festival of tennis and entertainment which will be more attractive to players, to fans, to sponsors and to broadcasters.

    “In addition, the new revenues for nations that the event will generate will have a transformative effect on the development of tennis in all nations. Our mission is to ensure that this historic decision will benefit the next generation of players for decades to come.

    “I would like to thank the nations for taking this historic decision and the ITF Board of Directors for their commitment and support. I would also like to thank Kosmos for their passion and partnership. I have no doubt that by working together we will ensure a brighter future for tennis all around the world.”

    Gerard Pique, President and Founder of Kosmos, said: “Today is a historic day and we are convinced that the agreement ratified by the nations certainly guarantees the future of the Davis Cup and the development of tennis at all levels. I would like to thank ITF President David Haggerty, the ITF Board of Directors and the entire team of ITF professionals for their work with Kosmos over the past few months and welcome a new stage in which we will continue to evolve together. I would also like to congratulate all those who, with their votes, have embraced this change and have seen the momentous decision that was in their hands.

    “This is the beginning of a new stage that guarantees the pre-eminent and legitimate place that the Davis Cup should have as a competition for national teams while adapting to the demands of this professional sport at the highest level. It is a great honour for me to be part of this historic process of a sport that I am passionate about and, without a doubt, in both personal and professional terms this is one of the happiest days of my life.”

    The 25-year agreement represents a total investment of $3 billion into tennis, creating substantial and historic levels of investment into the global development of tennis through the ITF and its 210-member National Associations. There will be a significant increase in the nations’ income from the competition and a new player prize fund of $20 million, elevating Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to Grand Slam prize money levels.

    The new format will involve a qualifying round in February, in which 24 teams will take part in home and away matches – a key element of the Davis Cup’s heritage. The 12 winners will secure a direct place into the final and will join the four semifinalists of the previous year – who qualify without having to play in February – and two wildcards that will be announced before the draw for the qualifying round.

    The Davis Cup Finals will be held in a round-robin format from Monday to Thursday, with the countries divided into six groups and each qualifying round consisting of three matches - two singles and one doubles – of best-of-three sets. The first-placed teams from each group and the two best runners-up will reach the quarterfinals on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday will host the semifinals and the final. The two worst qualified teams from the round robin stage will be relegated to the Zone Groups for the following year and the rest of the nations that did not qualify for the semifinals will have to participate in February’s qualifying round the following season.

    The ITF and Kosmos have already taken all the necessary steps to successfully consolidate this transition and are planning to announce further details in the coming weeks.

    Further information can also be found on the following websites:

    Davis Cup

    Kosmos

    About Kosmos

    Kosmos is a Barcelona based holding company founded and chaired by professional football player Gerard Pique, and backed by Hiroshi Mikitani, the Chairman and CEO of Rakuten. Kosmos is currently building a global portfolio of sports, media, and entertainment ventures, leveraging strategic synergies across forms of content, platforms, technologies and geographies.



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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan View Post
    Not much positive support for this change on Twitter this morning.
    They can always revert back if it doesn't work. Glad they are trying something new.
    Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug.

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    Carole Bouchard
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    People shouldn't start blaming DC reform on the Big 4.They tried their hardest in DC for a very long time. The event owes them a lot. They also tried to fix it. Same for someone like Berdych.They talked for ages.They weren't listened. Message was that DC > casting. They gave up.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Carole Bouchard
    ‏@carole_bouchard

    People shouldn't start blaming DC reform on the Big 4.They tried their hardest in DC for a very long time. The event owes them a lot. They also tried to fix it. Same for someone like Berdych.They talked for ages.They weren't listened. Message was that DC > casting. They gave up.
    All four of them have won it.

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    More from @carole_bouchard

    So either DC was strong enough to go on without top players presence or it wasn’t. But it can’t be both ways: shrugging when they don’t wanna play anymore, blaming by saying they put the event in jeopardy. It’s like they were dared for years to flex muscles. Guess what? They did.

    Blaming game regarding DC reform doesn’t start with Piqué, doesn’t start with Big 4. It starts w/ sthing that was broken and with people who refused to admit it until it was way too late. Yep, could have been avoided but and tradition saved but when there’s no will there’s no way

    Piqué also came to the ATP. ATP said thanks but no thanks. Why? They didn’t need it, no part of their Tour was broken. They could afford to say no.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Stuart Fraser
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    Intrigued now to see how the ITF will revise the Olympic eligibility criteria. An opportunity for them to put pressure on players to commit to Davis Cup...
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Carole Bouchard
    ‏@carole_bouchard

    Gerard Piqué's reaction after the vote of the Davis Cup reform:

    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    PRESS RELEASE

    16 August 2018

    AGM GIVES ITF BOARD OF DIRECTORS GREATER CONTROL OF DAVIS CUP AND FED CUP

    The ITF Annual General Meeting today entrusted the Board of Directors with the power to amend Davis Cup and Fed Cup regulations.

    The resolution received the two-thirds majority required by the ITF AGM in Orlando, Florida, where delegates earlier voted in favour of historic reforms to Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “I am delighted that the nations have put their faith in the ITF Board of Directors to make decisions in the best interests of the ITF as a whole. In a fast-changing world, we need to be agile in order to make decisions about our flagship competitions. I would like to thank our members for their continued support.”

    The AGM also approved an increase in the size of the elected Board of Directors from 13 to 14 and approved a series of regulation changes and clarifications for the ITF’s international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

    The assembly agreed to reduce annual subscription costs for Class C members from USD$767 to USD$250 and approved a motion to provide one-vote Class B nations with rebates through Development project funding.

    There was a decrease in Class B shares for Venezuela. One Class B member, Cote D’Ivoire, and four Class C members, Afghanistan, Comores, Korea, DPR, and Tonga, have been suspended.

    There were 12 Awards for Services to the Game approved by the AGM, including a nomination by the Coaches Commission for former World No. 2 Conchita Martinez (ESP). Other recipients were Sandra Osborne (BAR), Gevork Karamanoukian (ARM), Dr Dimitrije Rasovic (MNE), George Stevenson (IRL), Abdulrahman Falaknaz (UAE), Viktor Yanchuk (RUS), Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR), Barbara Rittner (GER), Raul Viver (ECU), Pablo Cuevas (URU) and Brian Earley (USA).

    The 2019 ITF Conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

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    judy murray
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    Jurgen Melzer

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    Yesterday greed won against tradition. In 74 Matches in Davis Cup i have lost a few heartbreakers but the most pain full loss came yesterday and I didn’t even have the chance to fight for…


    FULL STATEMENT HERE
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    RIP Davis Cup?

    WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS OF THE ITF'S ROLL-THE-DICE DAVIS CUP REVAMP

    by: STEVE TIGNOR | August 16, 2018

    The happiest in man in tennis on Thursday was a soccer player. Gerard Piqué, a 31-year-old center-back for Barcelona, was photographed celebrating at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Fla. with his business partners. He had good reason to pump his fists: The ITF had just approved his company’s plan to run tennis’s premier team competition, the Davis Cup. For $3 billion over 25 years, Pique’s firm, Kosmos, will transform the Cup—or diminish it, depending on your point of view—from an event that takes place over four weekends each year, and is played at home-and-away venues, into a one-week, single-location tournament to be held at the end of each season.

    To say that this has divided the tennis world would be...an understatement. While Novak Djokovic called it “fantastic news,” Jan Kodes said it “could be the most stupid decision in sports history,” and Lucas Pouille termed it a “death sentence.” The only thing everyone can agree on is that, in a sport not famous for bold moves, this was a bold move.

    But was it the right move? I’ll weigh up the pros and cons.

    *****

    PROS
    Money: $3 billion over 25 comes to $125 million a year; plus, Larry Ellison has pledged to invest in the event. The ITF says it will double prize money to $20 million, and its president, Dave Haggerty, told the New York Times that $25 million each year will go to the national federations. If true, some of that money will, hopefully, end up in smaller countries that haven’t traditionally been able to compete on tennis’ world stage. “It’s all about money,” has been a common refrain from traditionalists about this proposal, but the fact that most of the ITF’s smaller federations voted for it can’t be ignored.

    Time investment: For years, top players have balked at the idea of committing four weeks of their seasons to a competition where they don’t make the same money they make on tour, and where, since 2016, they can’t even earn ranking points. Now they’ll have to commit to, at most, a qualifying tie in February and a week of team play at season’s end.

    Home-and-away qualifying round: When the Piqué proposal was first announced, the biggest issue fans had with it was that it did away with home ties, and the passionate atmosphere they inspire. Now 12 home-and-away qualifying ties have been scheduled for February. That’s not the same as home ties all the way through, but it’s better than nothing.

    2019 European location: At first, the idea was to hold the event in Asia, essentially on the other side of the world from most tennis fans. Now the first edition will either be in France or Spain, both of which are within traveling distance from many of the countries that will be participating. It will be essential that the Cup retain some semblance of the boisterous team-sport atmosphere for which it’s known, and which separates it from everything else in tennis. If Davis Cup ends up having the feel of just another tour event, it really will be dead. That’s less likely to happen in Europe—or the U.S., where Ellison eventually wants to bring it—than it would be in Asia.

    Name: Initially, Kosmos called the event “The World Cup of Tennis,” which made it sound as if tennis had allowed itself to be annexed by soccer. At least now the name, Davis Cup, will remain the same.

    *****

    CONS
    Money: What if the $3 billion doesn’t materialize? In 2000, the ATP rebranded its Super 9 events the Tennis Masters Series (the tournaments are now known as Masters 1000s), and signed what at the time was the biggest TV and marketing contract in tennis history with the Swiss firm ISL, for $1.2 billion over 10 years. The only problem was, after failing to sell TV rights in Europe, ISL declared bankruptcy a year later. The Masters Series has survived, and even thrived, without ISL, but that was in spite of the ATP’s initial deal, not because of it.

    Lack of clarity: “Casual fans can’t follow the weird schedule”—that’s what we’ve heard for decades about Davis Cup. But is the new schedule any easier to understand? There are 12 qualifying ties in February, and then, 10 months later in November, a turbo-competition that pits 18 teams against each other over the course of a week. That’s not easy to follow, either.

    Lack of home ties: As I wrote above, home crowds are the lifeblood of Davis Cup, and what makes the competition the most emotional and dramatic in tennis. If that emotion is lost at a neutral site, the Cup will be lost, too.

    Lack of suspense: With its best-of-five-set matches, its long first day of singles, and its middle day devoted entirely to doubles, Davis Cup may have been slow-moving by today’s standards, but that pace allowed each tie to build suspense and drama. Now ties will be two singles and one doubles match, all of which will be best-of-three sets. And the whole thing will be over in a week.

    Lack of tradition: With its archaic terminology, old-school scoring system, and insistence on the importance of doubles, Davis Cup is a link to tennis’s past that many of us cherish. That sense of continuity with the sport’s history, and with the great players who competed for their countries over the last century, will be hard to replicate in a new and mostly unrecognizable format.

    Tradition isn’t something that should be followed just for its own sake; but change doesn’t need to be made just for the sake of change, either.

    *****

    Davis Cup in its traditional form has flaws. Forcing the champions to begin their title defense four months after they’ve won it has always been absurd. And there should be a way for the ITF and ATP to come together to award ranking points to the players for their efforts.

    But the competition wasn’t broken. Many have harped on the fact that the game’s stars, and in particular the Big 4—Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray—weren’t regular participants. That’s not exactly true. Of the 26 men who have been ranked No. 1 during the Open era, 23 have been part of at least one Cup-winning campaign; that included all four of the Big 4.

    Over the last five years, elite players like Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, and David Goffin have led their teams to the finals. The best American players—John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson—are committed. And the ATP’s Next Genners are just as interested in following in their elders’ footsteps and putting a Cup win on their résumés. The highlight of the opening round in 2018 was a showdown between Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios. For many of us, the special thrill of Davis Cup is seeing the sport’s non-stars—Federico Delbonis, Steve Darcis, Radek Stepanek, Viktor Troicki, and dozens of others—take a rare turn on a big stage. I can watch the Big 4 for 10 months of the season; I don’t need to see them one more time in November.

    Like the half a million fans who bought tickets for Davis Cup last year, and the 26,000 who packed an arena in Lille, France, for the final, I would have been happy to see the competition keep going exactly as it was.

    Now that the old Davis Cup is dead, I can only say that the new Davis Cup better be good. It has some big sneakers to fill, and a century’s worth of tradition to try to make us forget.

    http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2018/...-revamp/76079/
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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