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gone are the quaint charm of the weekend of competition spread out over the year, up to a formula shortcut of the Davis Cup. The new Davis Cup has been adopted,

The Davis Cup offers a radical reform

gone are the quaint charm of the weekend of competition spread out over the year, up to a formula shortcut of the Davis Cup. The new Davis Cup has been adopted,

The Davis Cup offers a radical reform

gone are the quaint charm of the weekend of competition spread out over the year, up to a formula shortcut of the Davis Cup. The new Davis Cup has been adopted, Thursday, in Orlando in 71,43% of the vote by the general assembly of the ITF, is far more than the required two-thirds majority. The first edition will take place in November 2019.

Bitterness of the French players

Now, the tournament will be played in a final phase shortened involving 18 teams, played on neutral ground over a week in November to close out the season. For the teams with the least exclusive, however, it will compete in a qualifying round in the previous months, on the historical model of the competition.

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"Even Cincinnati mourns this decision ridiculous," responded on Twitter, since the american tournament, Nicolas Mahut, one of the most ardent defenders of tradition, with Yannick Noah, captain of the French team of Davis Cup. "The 12 voices of France have done very poorly. Very, very difficult decision to take as French. The CD is dead and a part of the history of our sport flight for a fistful of dollars".

alongside the United States, Spain, Italy, Argentina, but against Australia and Great Britain, the French Federation has advocated for this, which is more like a revolution than a reform, in spite of the opposition of a majority of its players.

Three billion

"This is a historic decision that he had to take because the Davis Cup was not in good health," has defended the president of the FFT, Bernard Giudicelli, recalling that in recent decades the best players in the world was more attracted by the competition. For him, this new formula, far from being a funeral, "is rather a renaissance," he explained during a conference call, denying the fact that this reform is the symbol of a victory of money on the passion.

The new competition will be yet richly endowed. Much more than the test devised at the turn of the century by Mr. Dwight Davis was in recent times. A partnership with the group Kosmos, chaired by footballer Gerard Pique, also guarantees three billion dollars (2.5 billion euros) over 25 years in the ITF, 20 million dollars each year to players and more - $ 22 million - to the national federations.

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Now, "the prize money of the Davis Cup will be at the same level as the Grand Slam, which will be an element of attraction for the best players, said the president of the FFT.

A competition to evolving

The Davis Cup will-t-she of the hurricane in Orlando? Some, in the image of the australian Federation, were highly sceptical about. It is Thursday declared itself "extremely disappointed that these drastic changes" made to the competition "and that remove a lot of what made the Davis Cup unique and so special".

Since 1900, the competition, originally limited to a confrontation between the anglo-american expanded to France in 1904, had valiantly resisted, adapting slowly to the times. In 1972, she had put down the principle of the Challenge Round, qualifying automatically the winner prior to the final. In 1981 appeared the tie-break in the first four sets, follow-up 35 years after its introduction also in the fifth to avoid the purposes of matches, endless... to the tv.

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These changes, heretics in the eyes of purists, never really had denatured a spirit of "Davis Cup" that may well be, this time, to have suffered the coup de grace. "I boycotterai this exhibition", had thus joked the Frenchman Lucas Pouille, taking knowledge of the project. Today, nobody laughs.

Publish Date : 06 Kasım 2018 Salı 14:40

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