Wed. Feb 8th, 2023

Dan Evans wish to see Davis Cup ties revert to the previous home-and-away format following the collapse of the Worldwide Tennis Federation’s long-term take care of Gerard Pique’s Kosmos group.

The ITF controversially partnered with the previous Barcelona and Spain footballer in 2018 to revamp the historic competitors, with Kosmos promising to speculate three billion US {dollars} within the sport over 25 years.

It appeared massively unlikely on the time that the competitors would generate the kind of earnings to assist such an funding and so it has proved.

British quantity two Evans reacted to the information with typical candour, saying: “It’s disappointing that they’ll’t hold filling our pockets. It was a matter of time, wasn’t it? We have been getting paid just a little an excessive amount of for not rather a lot, I suppose.”

Kosmos largely scrapped the home-and-away format in favour of a World Cup model occasion, with 18 groups contesting the inaugural finals week in Madrid in 2019.

It was not a catastrophe however ties not involving Spain have been marred by low attendances and followers and gamers bemoaned the lack of the kind of atmospheres that have been the competitors’s greatest power.

The format has been tweaked over the previous two years after the 2020 version was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with this yr’s match that includes a gaggle stage held throughout 4 cities together with Glasgow in September earlier than a remaining eight showdown in Malaga in November.

The ITF has dedicated to retaining the identical format for this yr however the future route of the competitors is now clouded in uncertainty.

One of many criticisms of the previous format was high gamers have been not ready to commit a number of weeks throughout the yr to Davis Cup however Evans believes reverting again might show successful.

“The youthful technology, I believe they’re pumped to win the Davis Cup,” he mentioned. “We modified it after I don’t suppose it essentially wanted the entire format altering.

“Davis Cup is concerning the followers. It’s not concerning the gamers, for my part. Should you’ve bought residence and away, I believe you’re nonetheless getting a great crowd. Glasgow was robust for the opposite matches (not involving Britain). It doesn’t look good for the match.”

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The ITF tried to place a optimistic spin on the information, saying in a press release: “The ITF negotiated a powerful deal for tennis in 2018. The partnership elevated participation, prize cash and curiosity in Davis Cup and produced funding to assist the worldwide growth of our sport.”

The qualifying spherical does nonetheless function home-and-away ties and Evans is about to be a part of the British staff that heads to Bogota to tackle Colombia instantly after the Australian Open.

The outspoken 32-year-old beforehand indicated he was contemplating not taking part in in future ties after criticising captain Leon Smith for not choosing him for doubles in Glasgow.

However he has had a change of coronary heart, saying: “Enjoying with the Union Jack in your chest doesn’t occur fairly often and ultimately you received’t be adequate to be within the staff. So I believe each probability I get now I’ll put myself ahead to play.

“Though it’s in Colombia miles away, it’s horrible journey, not an awesome spot, I believe that’s once you get up and be counted to your nation.”

Evans’ feedback relating to doubles choice didn’t go down properly however he insisted there was no want for clear-the-air talks with Smith, saying: “He requested me if I might play and I mentioned yeah. That was it.

Tim Henman, pictured with Katie Swan, was praised for his captaincy on the United Cup (Mark Baker/AP)

“That was my opinion on the matter. I do know on this world now it’s exhausting to inform the reality however I used to be introduced as much as inform the reality and converse your opinion and I received’t change that.”

Intriguingly, Evans referred to as for Tim Henman, who earned plaudits for his captaincy on the latest United Cup, to be introduced extra into the British tennis fold.

Whereas acknowledging the previous world quantity 4’s companies would come at a value, he mentioned: “(I don’t know) if that query has been requested or not by the federation. However, if it has not, it’s staggering.

“These guys, the ex-players, should be saved within the sport, the superb ones anyway. He was well-liked, he was nice, he actually helped.”

Evans, who hopes he has put a latest sickness behind him, will play Facundo Bagnis within the first spherical of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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