Hewitt slams Davis Cup format after Australia defeat: “The concept of competition is wrong and nobody listens”

Monday, 28 November 2022 at 13:00
Australia Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt praised his team but slammed the competition for the format once again explaining how wrong it is.
Most tennis fans remember the old Davis Cup with the almost football-like atmosphere that made it a unique event rather hard to replicate in tennis. The sheer emotion and energy that players drew from the engaged crowds made it a memorable spectacle even on Television. This version of the competition doesn't have that and Hewitt talked about it after the final:
“I’d love it [the final] to be in Australia … I’m disappointed the boys don’t get to play in front of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena. When it [the Cup] changed to this format, it was only ever going to be twice a year, so we have added on another week. It’s been a bloody long year for everyone, and we are a long way from home, too. Don’t forget that. I don’t like the chances of this final series ever being played in Australia.”
He then praised his team for what they did:
“I’m gutted for the boys. They’ve put in the commitment and the work and done absolutely everything right all year. They left it all out there once again; we came up slightly short, but I couldn’t be prouder – and all of Australia should be proud.”

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