Tennis Europe Board of Management statement on Davis Cup reform
07 July 2018
The Tennis Europe Board of Management met on Thursday 5th July to discuss the proposed Davis Cup reforms and attempt to contribute to the ongoing discussions following the ATP Board decision to support the creation of a World Team Cup event to be played in Australia from January 2020.
The Tennis Europe Board believes that dialogue between the respective parties is the key to a successful outcome and is concerned that the International Tennis Federation and ATP World Tour seem further apart than ever before on this matter.
However, considering the ATP’s decision, Tennis Europe believes that the current proposals must be amended to accommodate more of the players’ key concerns.
We therefore suggest that the main stakeholders of the Davis Cup urgently meet to reach a common understanding of these concerns. National Associations must be able to continue to work constructively together with players on the future of Davis Cup and our sport in general.
Tennis Europe is open to support this process and to help unify the tennis family. It is in all our interests to ensure that the Davis Cup continues to serve as the crown jewel of the sport.
The Tennis Europe Board is confident that there is enough common ground for a positive and rewarding outcome for all parties involved. We encourage them to meet, ideally before the ITF Annual General Meeting in Orlando in August, to ensure that no opportunities for an eventual agreement are overlooked.