Croatian rising star Borna Coric has urged the tennis world not to panic over the new Davis Cup format as it should at least be given a chance. The Davis Cup is set for major changes starting from next year as it will be a one-week long event held at a neutral venue in December -- featured by 18 nations which will have to make it past a Round Robin stage in order to reach the quarter-final.
The home and away ties aspect and the best-of-five-sets format have been eliminated as now a Davis Cup will have two singles and one doubles rubber -- with matches being played over best-of-three-sets.
21 Coric debuted in the Davis Cup as a 16-year-old when he clashed against former world No. 1 Andy Murray during the 2013 Croatia versus Great Britain World Group Play-offs tie. The 21-year-old has featured in 10 Davis Cup ties so far in his career as he has a 7-7 singles record in the competition.
Coric didn't play the Davis Cup last year but returned to the team in style as he contributed to Croatia's 3-1 World Group first round victory over Canada with two singles wins. The 21-year-old also played against Kazakhstan in the quarter-final -- the tie which Croatia won by a 3-1 result to reach the semi-final.
The world No. 21 is expected to represent his side when they host the United States in the semi-final, on a clay surface in Zadar, from 14-16 September. Also read: ATP Cincinnati: Clutch Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares claim title