In recent days, rumors of a possible move from the Davis Cup finals to Abu Dhabi have become increasingly insistent. The agreement would cover the next five editions and would not be the only relevant news. All the details from Kosmos will be revealed on Sunday, but the clues are pretty clear.
Everything suggests that the four groups will be spread in as many European cities, while the final stages will be held in the United Arab Emirates. At a press conference, world number 1 Novak Djokovic was asked to express his opinion on the future of this event.
“The Davis Cup is a very important event, being rich in history and tradition. The new format has attracted a lot of criticism and there are people doubtful about Davis' future. It was clear that a change was needed.
From my point of view, it is necessary to find a balance between the pursuit of money and respect for tradition ”- said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Not everyone took Nole's words well. Interviewed by 'Wide World of Sports', former Australian player Sam Groth labeled the Serb's statements as 'inconsistent'
Groth slams Novak Djokovic
“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”. Former Australian professional Sam Groth has since slammed Novak Djokovic for his comments and labelled them as “contradictory”.
“It is the ones that are currently defending the event that I’m sure are having some payment on the backside to support what is now called the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals,” Groth claimed. “This is not the Davis Cup but the players who are going to turn up are exactly like Novak Djokovic, in my opinion, who spoke up obviously rebutting Lleyton’s [Hewitt’s] comments about the tournament needing a change, it needs to be adjusted and needs to be played in different cities and then the finals in one city.
I don’t have facts on this but I believe there is something going on with this group (Kosmos Tennis) is spending a lot of money and they have big financial backers in Abu Dhabi. Also for a guy who wants less tournaments throughout the year, a shorter season and to support something that goes into mid-December it is very contradictory”.