Davis Cup, one of the most prestigious competitions and often one of the most sharply criticized, may finally be getting some major changes. A proposal from the ITF plans to revolutionize the annual global men’s team competition.
With the ITF and Kosmos, a company owned by FC Barcelona star Gerard Pique, the Davis Cup would become a one-week competition held in November at a neutral site with 18 of the best nations battling for the prestigious trophy.
Kosmos plans to invest a staggering $3 billion towards the event. The proposed new format for the Davis Cup would feature the same tie format of singles and doubles matches, but with best-of-three sets instead of five.
With such a radical change to one of tennis’ most established competitions, many view the ITF’s proposal as destroying the Davis Cup. Some former Davis Cup champions and heroes publicly disapproved of the possible changes coming.
Lucas Pouille, who was part of the French Davis Cup-winning team last year, said the changes are a death sentence. Fellow Frenchman Julian Benneteau penned a letter to ITF President David Haggerty advising him "not to erase 118 years of tennis history."
However, some are optimistic about the possibility of a new and fresh competition for tennis.
The new proposal will be voted upon in August at the annual ITF general meeting, where the future of the 118 year competition will be decided.