Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 10:33:29 AM. Tennis. By Astride Astrid.
Condensing the team competition to a single week is arguably one of the best ways to help put it back in the spotlight as well. As noted Davis Cup tends to get lost in a crowded tennis calendar with the focus spread to all corners the globe at various junctures in the season. By assigning it a single week at a single venue where all the teams will compete all the attention is directed to that one place in time. As it can travel to different host cities it also presents an opportunity to bring that magnified focus to areas of the world that field Davis Cup Teams that might not be able to wrangle that level of attention on their own.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
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