Andy Roddick questions Team Canada's legitimacy at Davis Cup Finals after earlier loss in qualifying this year
Canada was able to qualify after Felix Auger-Aliassime stunned the US Open champion, Carlos Alcaraz 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 on Friday night in Group B of Davis Cup 2022 and they won their tie against Spain 2-1.
Carlos Alcaraz gets beaten in first match as number one by Felix Auger-Aliassime in Davis Cup
Earlier during the Davis Cup 2022 qualifiers, Canada lost to the Netherlands 4-0 at The Hague in March. However, they were allowed to re-enter the tournament when Russia was banned from the competition due to the invasion of Ukraine.
Roddick questioned how a team can qualify despite losing in the same event. The American wrote a host of tweets on his account to question the qualifying criteria in the Davis Cup.
"Canada was given a wildcard into this round after losing to qualify for this stage ….. tough to consider them legitimate if they win this whole thing," Roddick wrote on Twitter.
When one Canadian fan questioned Andy Roddick on whether all wildcard players are not legitimate, he pointed out that it isn't customary to get wildcards in events a player or team has already lost their tie in.
"Yes. Not in a tournament they’ve already lost in. People don’t typically get a wildcard into the third round of an event that they’ve already lost in the first round of," replied Roddick.
Twitter users didn't take too well to Andy Roddick's criticism of the Davis Cup format and the inclusion of Canadians and stated that the American has a bias towards Canadians. However, the American refused the allegations and stated that he loves watching Auger-Aliassime play and that he would've pointed out the inconsistency even if any other team was involved in the same situation.
"Definitely not. Could be any team with the same circumstances. I actually love watching Felix play and he comes off as a really good dude. More knowing how many tough losses we took in DCup before we won it. Just seems off," said the American.