Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian said he understands the changes made to the Davis Cup but revealed he doesn't like the new format because it took away the home-and-away aspect. "I don't like the current format because the old Davis Cup atmosphere has been taken away, although I understand that it's a better format for the sponsors and for the players themselves.
There are pros and cons, but the fact that they move the competition to different places is I think a good thing," Nalbandian told El Grafico, as revealed on We Love Tennis. French Davis Cup team captain Sebastian Grosjean said at this past Davis Cup Finals he would like to see the return of the home-and-away aspect.
“I think it’s time to sit down with the authorities and the players to see how we can bring the Davis Cup back to the home-and-away format, to find a formula that will allow it to be integrated into the calendar and for the best players to come and play it,” Grosjean said.
Nalbandian enjoyed Davis Cup success
Nalbandian never won a Davis Cup title but he was in three finals with Argentina. Moving the Davis Cup Finals to Abu Dhabi for the next five years is an option. World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was asked to give his thoughts on the proposed move.
"Yeah, I think everything has to change one moment. It's tough for me to talk about all Davis Cup because I played it two times. I think I played it in Serbia. Yeah, I played it actually four times, but in the World Group we only played one time when I was in the team.
So it's not easy for me to compare the emotions, the crowds, the tournament itself," Medvedev said. "I can say that for all of us it's very important to win here. It's still Davis Cup. We still see Novak playing. Rafa won it last time.
No matter the format, the best players in the world happy to represent their country. "Again, still Davis Cup 2021. We are the winners of it. That's the most important."