US Team Captain Jim Courier for proposed Davis Cup revamp


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US Team Captain Jim Courier for proposed Davis Cup revamp

United States Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier is a fan of the proposed Davis Cup revamp. The ITF introduced a revamp plan earlier this year which could completely change the Davis Cup. Under the proposed plan, the Davis Cup would become a one-week event held at a neutral venue in November.

Also, the best-of-five-sets format wouldn't be used anymore as matches would be played in the best-of-three-sets format. The radical plan has been backed by the French Open, Wimbledon and French Open officials, while Tennis Australia and Tennis Europe have criticized the proposal as they will vote against it.

The ITF underlined earlier this year that their goal is to have the biggest tennis stars featuring the Davis Cup regularly once again. It has become evident in recent years that a change is needed as the Davis Cup has been losing on its its popularity and entertainment.

Tennis nations will vote for the proposed revamp or against it on Thursday's ITF Annual General Meeting in Orlando. "I have long been a proponent for change. Davis Cup is a dying competition, and in (a) business, if you're not growing, you're dying.

It's important, it's repolished because it has lost luster to fans...become burdensome to player schedules," Courier said. The United States have won a record 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States are now bidding to win their first Davis Cup title since 2007 as they are due to meet Croatia in the semi-final from 14-16 September.

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