The AGM approved the first three above, but the biggest potential game changer to help secure the commitment of the top players for the more gruelling Davis Cup weekend was thwarted. The decision to keep the best-of-five format received 63.54% support from the member nations – the proposal required a two-thirds majority and just fell short.
ITF President David Haggerty said: “We respect the decision of the AGM but are disappointed that our member nations have not approved the full package of Davis Cup and Fed Cup reforms endorsed by the ITF Board. Change is needed to ensure the long-term future of these iconic and historic competitions, and we remain committed to working with our national associations and other stakeholders on finding ways to enhance Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.”
Over the past few months there has been plenty of discussion about the proposals to the Davis Cup and Fed Cup format. Fans, players and pundits were alarmed at the proposal of a neutral venue for the finals which would take away that unique atmosphere that has always been associated with the formats. That decision has been delayed a year, but after this reaction, it may be that there is a lot more work to do to keep Davis Cup and Fed Cup at the forefront of players’ minds at the highest level.
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