Comment | Davis Cup Reforms: The Good And The Bad

An exploration of the massive changes planned for the historic competition

The Great British team, 2015 Davis Cup champions
The 2015 Davis Cup champions Great Britain | Carine06

By Stephen Higgins | 21 August 2018

The first Davis Cup was held in 1900 and saw the United States take on a 'British Isles' side. In the century since, this competition of national pride and passion has grown to a contest between 130 countries.

In recent decades, top players have skipped the event to preserve themselves for the main tour. In response, the ITF has decided to drastically change the format, reducing all matches to best-of-three sets and removing much of the home-and-away aspect of ties.

Reaction from players past and present has been hostile. Will the reforms revive this historic event and help it match international events in other sports?

I wrote a full piece about this topic for Paddy Power News. Provided you’re over 18, you can read it right here.