TEN­NIS CHIEFS PLAN RE­VAMP OF DAVIS, FED CUP FI­NALS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TEN­NIS chiefs plan to adopt the NFL’s Su­per Bowl model, by se­lect­ing fixed­v­enue cities in ad­vance for their show­case Davis and Fed Cup fi­nals.

The switch away from one of the fi­nal­ists host­ing the de­cider is part of a broader strat­egy aimed at de­vel­op­ing the men’s and women’s in­ter­na­tional team events.

“This is all part of our mis­sion to make the ap­peal of ten­nis broad and wide,” In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent David Hag­gerty told Reuters.

Other op­tions un­der con­sid­er­a­tion in­clude a tweak of for­mats to re­duce the length of matches, and ex­pand­ing the top-tier Fed Cup com­pe­ti­tion to fea­ture 16 na­tions.

Hag­gerty, elected pres­i­dent a year ago, hopes to have the new host­ing sys­tem in place by 2018.

“Davis Cup is 135 na­tions,” Hag­gerty said. “This is a way to un­lock po­ten­tial rev­enue which will help grass­roots ten­nis.”

Speak­ing at his Roe­hamp­ton of­fice, in a subur­ban dis­trict of south-west Lon­don, Hag­gerty did not name a fig­ure cities would have to come up with to host the fi­nal, but said he thought it would be “sig­nif­i­cant”.

“We’re wait­ing for cities to dis­tin­guish them­selves,” he smiled. “And we’ll see what it is. I don’t want to pre­judge what it might be.”

The ITF mem­ber­ship will vote on the plans next Au­gust. – Reuters

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