LONDON, NETRALNEWS.COM - The new Davis Cup format that will make its debut this week is extraordinary for the tennis world, and should be given a chance to succeed, Britain's Andy Murray said.
The week-long tournament at Caja Magica Madrid involves 18 teams divided into six groups of three. The newly-formatted Davis Cup tournament is funded by investment company Kosmos, owned by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Kosmos has injected US$ 3 billion over 25 years.
This is a massive overhaul for the 119-year-old Davis Cup tournament, which was originally played as home and away matches and played throughout the year. This is also accompanied by critics who say the neutral arena will not sell enough tickets and will not have the same atmosphere when the teams compete.
"I appreciate that [Pique] is trying to do something new and different in tennis," Murray told reporters, as quoted by BBC, on Monday (11/18/2019).
"It is not always easy to make changes in tennis, and this is a big change. I hope this goes well because, if yes, it's amazing for tennis. I think there are a number of people who seem to hope it isn't going well, but I hope it goes very well and that this is a great success."
"The players and all fans need to give the new format a chance to see how this works and I think we have a better idea after the tournament is over," Murray said.
The tournament starts Monday with the group winners and the two best runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals. The final will be played on Sunday.