'If it weren't for Rafael Nadal, it would have been...', says top official



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'If it weren't for Rafael Nadal, it would have been...', says top official

The new Davis Cup format has not met the success hoped for by Gerard Piquè and his team: the competition in its new formula, in fact, has highlighted several and very big holes in the water that certainly do not leave spectators and players satisfied.

Ivo Kaderka, the Czech Tennis Federation president, said the Davis Cup was saved only because of Rafael Nadal and Spain. The official also believes that COVID has been used as an excuse to cancel the tournament instead of finding a solution.

Kaderka claimed that if it weren't for Rafael Nadal and the other big names on show, the tournament would have been a complete disaster.

Kaderka on the Davis Cup

"I would say that last year they had no audience at all and if it weren't for Rafael Nadal and Spain it would have been a total disaster," said Ivo Kaderka.

"Coronavirus really came in handy for those who promised millions for the Davis Cup. Now they say that without fans it is impossible to sustain the format," he added. The new Davis Cup men's tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021.

Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid. Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021.

The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021. A century and a couple of decades in which the Davis Cup has always been awarded except on twelve occasions: in 1901, in 1910 and then another ten times because of the world wars.

2020 will therefore be the thirteenth season not to see a national team lift the salad bowl; the last time had happened in 1945, as in the case of Wimbledon. Madrid's economy will lose around 50 million generated by the event, although this year the figure would probably have been lower without (or with fewer) fans, and Nadal's Spain will remain the national champion for two years.

charged with a revolutionized event so that he did not die ... and now equally in danger of his life. Despite the nearly 3 billion.