Alexander Zverev blasts tennis authorities for continuous ignorance of requests of players citing the Davis Cup example
Alexander Zverev took to his Instagram to post a story about bringing back the glory times and allowing players the leisure of playing on different courts.
Alexander Zverev in action during a match. (credits: CNN)
German tennis star Alexander Zverev has finally broken his patience with the unjust scheduling of the Davis Cup. The German player was hugely moved by Australian Tennis Team’s captain Lleyton Hewitt‘s heavy criticism of the new format of the tournament which he claimed was very unfavorable and disadvantageous to teams.
Back in the day, the Davis Cup had a very systematic format with proper home and away ties played in both countries. But in the last four years, after the new format was introduced, all four editions have taken place in Spain and have been played on hard courts. Hewitt complained about how the competitiveness factor of the competition is no longer present and that the motto of Davis Cup has changed with players sick of playing on the same court.
On account of this, Zverev took to his Instagram to post a story about bringing back the glory times and allowing players the leisure of playing on different courts. Zverev wrote,
"When the sport of tennis and the federations of our sport finally going to listen to us players and even more importantly to the living legends of our sport who used to give their absolute everything for the Davis cup and what it used to stand for The Davis cup is one of the most historic events in not only tennis but sports, in general, Bring back the real Davis cup."
What exactly did Lleyton Hewitt say that led to the Alexander Zverev outburst?
After Australia’s dismal end to the Davius Cup having lost it in the finals against Italy, captain Hewitt explained his reasons behind slamming the new management plans of the Davis Cup. He fired quick shots against the ITF claiming that their hands and locked. Moreover, he revealed the downsides of this competition saying that there are no proper home and away matches and the absence of five-set matches are not ideal for players playing at this level.
"Their hands are tied. There's no home-and-away and there's no five sets, so it's not ideal. We are playing on a surface that, yeah, I'm really sick of playing on, to be honest. That's not what Davis Cup is about. It's playing on clay, grass, outdoor elements. Yeah, it's obviously pretty frustrating, I think, that we don't get all the different surfaces and conditions throughout Davis Cup anymore, and especially in the big matches, as well."
Hewitt through his statements focused on how players are getting bored of playing on a single court for the entire competition with all the rounds starting from the qualifying rounds to the very final being played in a single venue. he concluded by ranting about how the tournament is not the same anymore and that it is frustrating for several players.
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