World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was asked to give his thoughts on the rumors that the ITF and Kosmos are on the verge of signing a deal that would take the Davis Cup Finals to Abu Dhabi for five years. Djokovic wasn't a fan of the old Davis Cup format but even he suggested a few days ago that the new format could make some improvements.
Djokovic has played in Abu Dhabi many times throughout his career as he has participated six times at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. “I like the fact that now there are three different countries that are able to host at least group stages.
I would say why not more? Why not have six different countries host one group of three teams?” Djokovic said, as revealed on Eurosport. “We lost that with the change of format, the possibility for many countries in the World Group to host the tie.
I think that is something that people have not reacted well to, and I understand. You need a Davis Cup competition for development of your own national tennis. “Now when it comes to location, whether it's Abu Dhabi or anywhere else, that's something we have to wait and see officially when it comes out and then discuss.
Now it's not official yet."
Djokovic understands the financial interest of the rumored move
“There is a lot of interest to bring Davis Cup or any other big tennis competition or sports competition to the Middle East, where economically they're very strong and they can finance the big demands that you have for an organisation of such an important event," Djokovic continued.
“Now the question is whether you follow the money, so to say, or you follow the tradition, or you find a balance between the two? That's always the big question on anybody's mind. Some people think we should improve, that we should look forward, that we should progress.
Some people think we should stick to what the Davis Cup as a competition or as a format was before. “I'm somewhere in between. I think you need to respect the tradition and the history, and you need to stick to the things that are recognisable that make this competition so important for the sport. At the same time you need to move forward and find new ways to improve the competition”.