NEW

Raducanu set to play San José WTA 500

As the dust settles on the Olympic Tennis Event and many of those involved take a breather, attention turns to the hard courts of north American where the WTA Tour heads towards the US Open, starting with the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic hosted on the campus at San...

Lepchenko wins Charleston WTA125

In an all-American final, No 4 seed Varvara Lepchenko won her first WTA 125 title at the LTP Women's Open in Charleston with a 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 triumph over Jamie Loeb on Sunday. 

Schmiedlova wins inaugural Belgrade Open

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova lifted the inaugural Belgrade Ladies Open trophy with a straight-sets victory over second seed Arantxa Rus in the final of the WTA 125 event on Sunday.

Zverev is the new Olympic Champion

Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev has emulated incomparable compatriot Steffi Graf and struck Olympic gold, declaring: “There is nothing better than this.”

Krejcikova & Siniakova take Gold at Tokyo 2020

Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova became the first Czech players to win Gold at the Olympic Tennis Event after defeating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic & Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-1 in the women's doubles final on Sunday at the Ariake Tennis Park...

Bencic betters Vondrousova to land Swiss Gold

It could so easily have slipped though her fingers but Belinda Bencic prevailed over Marketa Vondrousova to land the Gold medal at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday after 2 hours 30 minutes of fluctuating but captivating tennis.

Djokovic leaves Tokyo empty-handed

Novak Djokovic has promised to “bounce back” in the 2024 Paris Olympics after failing to win his first Games medal.

Svitolina takes Bronze medal

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina made history by winning the first ever tennis medal for her country on Saturday when the World No 6 prevailed over Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina, 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4, after a battle royal that took 2 hours 28 minutes to resolve and left her winning...

Bronze for Brazil

It was Brazil’s first Olympic Tennis medal ever, delivered by surprise losing semi-finalists Laura Pigossi & Luisa Stefani, who battled hard in the Bronze Medal Match to pip ROC’s Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina at the post, 4-6 6-4 [11-9], on...

The ROC fill the Mixed Doubles final

There was more disappointment for Novak Djokovic following his singles semi-final loss when he and his partner, Nina Stojanovic, failed to reach the mixed doubles final going out in straight tight sets, 7-6(5) 7-5, to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina playing under the...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Davis Cup in danger

Š—“If it ainŠ—’t broke, donŠ—’t fix it,Š— so the saying goes, and in tennis that sentiment was never more apt than right now, for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) is currently considering radical changes to the Davis Cup, one of the worldŠ—’s most revered international team competitions. Matches could be reduced from the best-of-five to the best-of-three sets, and ties from three days to two. In addition, the ITF is keen for would-be host cities to submit bids to stage the Davis Cup final each year, which would ruin the atmosphere of one of the gameŠ—’s showpiece events.

Once the historic link with the all-time greats is broken it can never be restored, and the appeal of the Davis Cup will forever be diminished. Richard Jones

During its current strategic planning round the ITF is looking at possible changes to both its international team competitions, the Davis Cup and the womenŠ—’s equivalent, the Fed Cup. The world governing body is trying to address concerns about the crowded tournament calendar and player availability, and to further promote the worldwide development of the game. It is entirely appropriate for the ITF to do this, for a successful sport can never stand still, but some of the proposed changes pose a grave threat to the future prosperity of the Davis Cup.

BEST OF FIVE SET MATCHES

Davis Cup singles matches played over five sets are every bit as intense as those at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne Park; sometimes more so. This can be tough on the players, but the rewards are high. Many, including our own James Ward, have become national sporting heroes by winning a marathon five-set epic to clinch a Davis Cup tie for their country. The five-set format is the true test in menŠ—’s tennis, and for more than a century the great champions have embraced it. The ITFŠ—’s proposed reduction to best-of-three set matches would take away much of the drama and with it the Davis CupŠ—’s status alongside the Grand Slam events, making it just another tournament in a crowded tennis calendar. It would no longer be the event won proudly by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and most recently Andy Murray; nor that which captivated John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Fred Perry and Jean Borotra in years gone by. Once the historic link with the all-time greats is broken it can never be restored, and the appeal of the Davis Cup will forever be diminished.

TWO-DAY DAVIS CUP TIES

The ITF is also looking at whether Davis Cup ties should continue to be staged over three days, as has been the case for more than a century. The three-day format has been very successful, and a change would almost certainly mean the end of Saturday as the day set aside for the doubles rubber. Anyone who has been to a Davis Cup tie will tell you just how special the Saturday is, with just the one doubles match which will go a long way to determining the eventual outcome of the tie. For most doubles teams it is the only time in the year when they play before a full house, and there can be no doubt that the Davis Cup has been a major factor in keeping the public interested in the professional doubles game.

CITIES BIDDING TO HOST THE DAVIS CUP FINAL

In December 2016 the ITF will invite cities and national federations to express interest in hosting future Davis Cup finals. ITF President David Haggerty has said Š—“A fixed final for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will replicate the approach, seen in many other sports, for the tennis seasonŠ—’s finale that players, fans, partners and broadcasters can better plan for.Š—
Whilst it is true that there would be benefits for sponsors and broadcasters in having more planning time, this proposal would be of little benefit to players and would clearly be to the detriment of fans. Take last yearŠ—’s Davis Cup competition, for example, where the four semi-finalists were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, and Great






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.