Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Tennis World Cup? Right, Because Davis Cup is SUCH a Success

Have those folks over at the ITF and the ATP and every other tennis federation not learned that nation vs. nation competitions simply don't appeal?

Guess, not, because many of tennis top dogs, including ATP Player Council members such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, have proposed an exciting awful idea to end Davis Cup and start a team competition similar to the World Cup. If only those guys didn't watch so much soccer, we wouldn't have this problem.

The Davis Cup, has, simply put, been a failure. Sure, there have been some classic matches and some very, very minimal fan interest, but, putting it nicely, it has never tickled the fancy, of, pretty much, anyone, me included. And the ATP has come up with some extremely horrible ideas, but this is probably in the top 2 or 3. So many of the games best avoid the team competitions like the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, like Federer, Serena and Venus Williams, and for the 1st time in a while starting this year, Andy Roddick. Players are clearly much more focused on the Grand Slams, as they should be. The DC has a great history, but even those who in support of the Cup have failed to market it like they should. Tennis just doesn't have the international appeal like soccer, and creating this 32-team event would most certainly undermine expectations.

Stick with those four tournaments called Grand Slams. They're pretty fun, right?

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