The Davis Cup could be transformed into a one-week, one-location, 18-nation World Cup of Tennis in a major overhaul aimed at enticing the best men’s players to play.
Reaction to the plans has been mixed, but here’s what Rafael Nadal told Spanish media in Valencia:
The change that arises, whether it goes well or not, is good to be considered. If there is a change, there will always be positive and negative things.
If it is approved, the option to play at home is taken away and it is a pity. The revenues of our Federation are the majority of the Davis Cup.
With a new competition, you have already guaranteed annual money. The best players compete every year and we are all involved.
I think it would be nice but not perfect because there is nothing perfect. This competition deserves an injection of energy.
The proposal will be put to a vote at the ITF annual general meeting scheduled to take place in Orlando in August.