Call me skeptical, but this proposal to replace Davis Cup with a "tennis World Cup" just makes me roll my eyes.
- 32 teams would play in one venue over 10 days (8 groups of four in round robin to determine 16 finalists)
- Teams would have 3 players and a captain, and in each five set match, at least two players would compete (each player has to play at least 6 games)
- Play would be no-ad
- Strictly enforced (i.e., publicly displayed) 25 seconds between points
- Tiebreaks are first to 5, no two point gap retuired
There are other problems, too. Like, where in the schedule does an 10-day tournament go? It seems unlikely that there's anywhere in the calendar for it-- which tournaments are supposed to give up their interests entirely to make room for a World Cup? And with all the squawking about how long the season is, it seems even less likely that the players would be very enthusiastic about adding 10 days on after the WTF. (Heh, still funny.) And what about doubles? To me, one of the great things about Davis Cup is that it's a high stakes situation where doubles really matters. I haven't seen one word about it in the World Cup proposal.