Great Britain Davis Cup team captain Leon Smith has acknowledged that playing the Davis Cup deep into November and December isn't ideal. Before the start of the Davis Cup Finals, it was reported that the ITF and Kosmos were on the verge striking a deal that would move the Davis Cup to Abu Dhabi for five years.
Should the proposal go through, the Davis Cup would not conclude until early December. "Well, I think that's what's being discussed, isn't it? We are waiting for some more information of what might happen.
I think everyone knows playing deep into November and December isn't ideal," Smith said, when asked whether the Davis Cup falls too late in the cake far, per Tennis Majors. "I don't have too much to say about it.
Looking forward to what's happening when things start to get announced in the near future about what happens with this competition next year."
Smith urged the ITF to listen to players and captains
Smith heard about the proposed plan to move the Davis Cup to Abu Dhabi and he believes players and captain should have a say in the future of the competition.
“I understand that things had to change, and between the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and Kosmos they’re still trying to find what’s going to work best, but I think there’s got to be an open dialogue about what happens next in this and still trying to find a solution to make sure this remains one of the most important things in the calendar," Smith said.
"For someone like myself, I’m hearing that some things might be happening next year, but I’m only hearing it second hand. If it’s true what potentially might be happening, I think it would be good to be able to talk about it before any decisions are made.
“There’s so many good people working for ITF, Kosmos, everyone wants it to be great, I would just like us to speak a bit more before any final decisions happen."