Fernando Verdasco defends proposed Davis Cup move to Abu Dhabi



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Fernando Verdasco defends proposed Davis Cup move to Abu Dhabi

Davis Cup Finals tournament director Fernando Verdasco appeared to defend the ITF's 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 signing a deal that would move the Davis Cup to the Middle East for five years.

The ITF received criticism for their plans as some described it as selling the Davis Cup soul. "I honestly do not think that everything should be held in places with tradition, all countries have the right to have competitions such as the Davis Cup, a World Cup," Verdasco said, as quoted on Eurosport Espana.

Verdasco disagrees with Lleyton Hewitt

Australia Davis Cup team captain Hewitt ripped the ITF over their plans to move the Davis Cup to Abu Dhabi. “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."

Former doubles world No. 1 Todd Woodbridge agreed with Hewitt. “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."