Nick Kyrgios: Revamped Davis Cup will become a massive sporting event
Nick Kyrgios has thrown his weight behind the Davis Cup overhaul, saying “the changes are good”.
The International Tennis Federation earlier this month approved the controversial plans to transform the team competition into a World Cup-style, week-long event featuring 18 nations.
It means the home and away ties will fall away as the tournament will take place at one location with the Spanish capital of Madrid pencilled in to host the inaugural event in 2019.
While many of the world’s top players have either expressed their outrage or kept mum about the changes, Kyrgios has come out in support of the new format.
“Obviously the home and away ties was the thing that made Davis Cup special,” he is quoted as saying in The Australian.
“I’ve had some unbelievable memories of Davis Cup at home and away. The (semi-final) tie I played at Belgium (last year) was one of the most difficult ties I’ve played in, but also one of the most fun.
“That’s not there anymore so it’s lost its kind of Davis Cup feel a bit, I think.”
He added: “I think the changes are good.
“Having a World Cup for tennis is a good idea. I definitely think it’s more entertaining for the crowd to have all the players in one place at one time.
“My feelings towards Davis Cup haven’t changed. I want to always play. I like being out there with my team and I love team events so I’ll always going to be looking forward to playing Davis Cup.
“It’s going to be a massive sporting event, which will be pretty cool.”
Emma Raducanu set for first event since US Open victory after being handed Indian Wells wildcard
Emma Raducanu has been given a wildcard into the prestigious Californian tournament.
Nick Kyrgios heads home for treatment on knee injury and hopes to be 100 per cent by Australian Open
Nick Kyrgios hopeful he will be fit for the 2022 Australian Open.
Roger Federer backs Naomi Osaka and calls for press conference reforms, so what happens next?
Naomi Osaka sparked the debate, Roger Federer called for an evolution and Kevin Palmer feels change is inevitable.
No win in comeback match, but Kim Clijsters has ‘a good feeling’ and ‘made progress’ in Chicago
Kim Clijsters goes down in three sets in Chicago.
It won’t happen overnight, but Roger Federer says ‘incredible player’ will break Big Three’s Grand Slam record
“I feel like it’s easier to dominate through the different surfaces nowadays,” says Roger Federer.
Emma Raducanu’s US Open outfit to be displayed at Hall of Fame as teen donates title-winning top and skirt
Emma Raducanu’s US Open outfit has a new home.
Ashleigh Barty’s ‘grand adventure’ won’t make a stop at Indian Wells Masters with WTA Finals also in doubt
Will we see Ashleigh Barty play again on the WTA Tour in 2021?
Fedal to team up at Laver Cup again? Rafael Nadal teases about possible Roger Federer doubles reunion
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to team up again?
Emma Raducanu set to make another WTA Rankings leap as she closes in on the top 20
Emma Raducanu now knocking on the door of the world’s top 20.
Kim Clijsters itching to start playing again as she reveals how she drew inspiration from Andy Murray
Kim Clijsters champing at the bit ahead of Chicago match.