Todd Woodbridge rips the ITF: They sold the Davis Cup soul



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Todd Woodbridge rips the ITF: They sold the Davis Cup soul

Former doubles world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge is not happy at all about the rumored plans to move the Davis Cup to Abu Dhabi. Just before the start of the Davis Cup Finals, it was reported that the ITF and Kosmor were on the verge of striking a deal that would move the Davis Cup to Abu Dhabi for five years.

The Davis Cup changed its format in 2019 and since then the ITF has been constantly on the receiving end of critics. Australia Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt said the ITF would sell the Davis Cup soul if they indeed moved the event to Abu Dhabi.

“As Lleyton [Hewitt] said this week, they sold their soul," Woodbridge said, per 2GB - Sydney Talk Radio. “There is no history involved in it, there is nothing that any of us … grew up and were a part of.

“If you wreck the most historic competition in the game, you probably need to resign and move on”.

Woodbridge, Hewitt blast the ITF

Australia failed to make it past the group stage at the Davis Cup Finals as they lost to Croatia in their opening tie and beat Hungary in their following tie.

“I’ve only heard a rumour but I think it’s ridiculous, it’s not what Davis Cup is about,” Hewitt said. “The Davis Cup was held in the highest regard, up there with the pinnacle of our sport in tennis — with matches played over five sets.

“We threw that out the door and then we’ve thrown the home and away out the door as well. “Playing a qualifying tie here or there, best of three sets, is not the same as having home and away, main draw matches over the year.

“So if they’re going and selling the soul of the Davis Cup to the Middle East for another five years, I think it’s ridiculous, and they’re really killing the competition."