By Van Sias
This weekend marks the end of the 2010 tennis season with the finals of the Davis Cup, that most wonderful of sporting events.
Or is it?
Hey all, it’s Van with another Serves & Returns feature, and this week we’re talking about Davis Cup. It seems like someone always has to say something about it, both good and bad. Good, in the fact that it’s fun to cheer on your home country and it offers something unique to the tour rather than the usual grind, and bad in that players have very mixed feelings about it in regard to scheduling and the format.
Ahhh, the format: It all stems from there. If that was different, say eight teams compete over the course of a week, then you could knock it out early in the year and that would lessen the complaints about scheduling. This, in turn, could entice the less-inclined to participate more.
Or you could just leave it alone: Plenty of players like it fine the way it is, and are willing to compete at any time for their country.
And at the beginning of the year, every team in the World Group likes their chances with a format that allows for both the big and tiny nations to succeed as evidenced by this weekend’s final matchup between France and Serbia.
So, here’s the “Serve”:
Does the Davis Cup format need to be changed?
Feel free to fire away, and enjoy this weekend’s matches! Or don’t, if you’re so inclined…