Greg Rusedski says the Davis Cup needed a tweak but the recently approved changes have gone way too far. There has been a huge debate about the structure of the Davis Cup and there had been many former professionals, including Rusedski, who believed a change was needed to improve the competition.
On Thursday, the majority of the tennis nations voted for ITF’s proposed changes to the team event and starting from next year it will be a one-week long event held at a neutral venue in November.
The competition will now involve 18 nations and the best-of-three-sets format will be used during the tournament, whilst there will be a Round Robin stage before the quarter-final as two singles and one doubles rubber per tie will be played.
Rusedski, who represented Great Britain in the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2002, says the ITF’s proposals are a little extreme.
He wrote on Twitter: “Very disappointing to hear that the new Davis Cup proposal was passed today. Yes, the Davis Cup needed some changes — but this I don’t believe is the right formula. I will miss home and away ties and many more aspects of the Davis Cup.”