Davis Cup, recently called the World Cup of Tennis, has a different impact compared to the past. Between the 1920s and 1970s this competition reached the highest level of popularity and importance, inviting the best tennis players to play for their country, and thousands of fans to see the challenges of their heroes.
Considering that players such as the four French Musketeers (René Lacosta, Jacques Brugnon, Herni Cochet and Jean Borotra), Fred Perry, Bill Tilden and Rod Laver played for their team, Davis Cup was more important than Slam tournaments, at least until (and for some years after) the beginning of the Open Era.
Just to think that in 1931, USTLA forced Frank Shields to withdraw from Wimbledon final, with Davis Cup just begin few week after the London tournament, as they didn't want him to risk his painful knee, despite we are talking about the Championships! Now, despite the great champions taking part in Davis's challenges, surely the appeal of the event has changed, compared to the past.
It has fallen, surrendering the place for the interest of players, media, fans and crowds, to Grand Slam tournaments, as well as Masters 1000 and ATP Finals. However, it should be remembered that all the great names who have dominated tennis for the past ten years have won the Davis Cup at least once.
Of course we are talking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro. Despite this great achievement, for these tennis players Davis's victory, which is important, has been an opportunity to enrich the palmares of titles and wins they have achieved in their brilliant careers.
It proves the format with which Davis is conceived today, it does not help the competition. It should be streamlined, and perhaps improved in managing calendar and dates. Many tennis players complain about having to play Davis's matches close to major tournaments.
And they are right. In any case, the charm of the Davis Cup is always the same, despite it need maybe a vintage restayling. .