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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Davis cup will be "bigger and better".

Barcelona football star Gerard Pique, co-founder of the Kosmos group that is behind the new competition, said adjustments will be made to make the event "bigger and better".

"You have to know that this is the first event of the new format," Pique said before the final between Spain and Canada that the Spanish won 2-0.
"I think that a lot of people didn't know what to expect. So there were a lot of people waiting to see what will happen and then decide for next year's [tournament]".
This year, the competition debuted a week-long, World Cup-style format with all 18 nations playing in a single venue, amidst a storm of pre-tournament criticism.
Lleyton Hewitt was one of the more vocal critics, saying that the loss of home-and-away ties and that matches will be best of three sets instead of the traditional five, removed two of the "biggest differences" the Davis Cup had on other competitions.
Yannick Noah, the captain of last year's beaten finalists France, said that he was "disgusted" by the changes and that organisers were "lying" by calling this the Davis Cup.
Despite this criticism, Pique said the format still managed to retain the "soul of the Davis Cup".
"When I see the players celebrating when they qualify, laughing and enjoying. At the same time, when they lose, they are in tears. I mean, all of these, there is no event in the year, in tennis, that you can see that, even in the grand slams.
"So this is how important it is for them to play Davis Cup and represent their country. And we have to keep that," he said.
International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty said that the tournament had been a "success."
"It gives us a strong platform on which to build, make some tweaks and further enhance the competition," Haggerty said.
So what was it about the tournament that worked well, and what requires these so-called "tweaks" for next season?
Nadal's presence in Madrid was a no-brainer and the Spaniard played like a man possessed, winning eight of eight matches to lead Spain to the title.
Djokovic shed tears with his Serbia team mates after a heartbreaking quarter-final defeat while Andy Murray sealed one point for Britain and spent the rest of the week biting his fingernails on the bench acting as cheerleader.
Federer, whose Switzerland team failed to qualify, said the competition was at risk of turning into the Gerard Pique Cup.
Alex Zverev rejected Germany's call outright, saying: "I don't think the format is Davis Cup anymore.
"I think Davis Cup is the most historic event that we have in tennis, which is over 100 years old, and Davis Cup is the home-and-away ties."
Regardless, 11 of the world's top 20 players were there and the quality and intensity of the tennis was sensational.
"You know, for us to have had to play three nights in a row, it's not ideal.
"I understand it's the first time and you're going to have hiccups and you've got to learn from it."
"But there's been a lot of small problems, that's for sure."
Additionally, the six three-team groups proved complicated, especially as two of the best runners-up progressed to the last eight.
There was also controversy when Canada conceded a doubles rubber to the United States, handing out a 6-0, 6-0 gift. Thankfully, the Americans exited anyway, preserving the integrity of the event.