Tomas Berdych slams ITF: Asked so many questions about DC then went their way



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Tomas Berdych slams ITF: Asked so many questions about DC then went their way

Tomas Berdych said the ITF asked him so many questions regarding the Davis Cup but then went their way and changed the format on the way they wanted. Berdych, who won back-to-back Davis Cup titles with the Czech Republich in 2012 and 2013, says he hasn't heard many players being in favor of the current format.

“I spent so much time with the ITF on this. They asked many questions, blah blah blah, and then they changed the format this way," Berdych said, per Tennishead. "I haven’t heard many players for it. It’s sad that we all gave our time and opinions to them and they went with this in the end.

“If the Davis Cup happened every two years, everyone would be crazy about it. “The winners really would be like the World champions because it’s more unique. You can find the dates in the year for the final to be in September (as opposed to in December as it is currently) and then I think more players would sign up.

Then it really would be very special."

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"He's going to try to prepare himself as best as possible and he's experienced enough to know that it won't happen at one tournament," Berdych said.

"But, without matches and being 40 years old, it'll be very difficult to judge your level," Berdych told Reuters. "If you are in the middle of your career and you get injured for six months and you do a good preparation basically you know what's going to happen when you start to play.

"But I think in this situation he needs to be mentally ready to know that it could be just one match, even if he's done everything possible. It's not easy and then the young guys will be there and won't give him any favours."