By Livia Febe. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 - 07:31:43 AM.
Overall this would seem to be a great plan but it is not without its drawbacks. The biggest of those drawbacks is that with the event only being staged over one week at a single venue it eliminates the advantage and atmosphere of the home ties. Squads will no longer have the advantage of selecting a surface that favors them over their opponents. Furthermore the rowdy raucous and festive home atmosphere which is so hard to replicate throughout the rest of the season will likely be missing to some degree in this new format.
In addition to the loss of the home ties another minor drawback is that if this new format does what the powers-at-be hope it will there may be fewer Cinderella stories. One of the most common complaints about Davis Cup is that the top names do not participate with enough frequency. Their absence however opens the door for journeymen players some of whom rarely are able to venture outside of the Challengers or qualifying rounds to step into their shoes. Over the years fans have seen more than a few of these competitors really rise to the occasion to achieve what will be the crowning moments of their careers.
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