Davis scup­per

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Pour one out for the Davis Cup fi­nal (Nov 23-25), as the ven­er­a­ble team ten­nis event – one we used to care about, con­sid­er­ing we won it 28 times – is over in its fa­mil­iar form. From next year, it will trans­mute into an 18-na­tion, one-week rush, funded by the in­vest­ment firm of (no joke) Barcelona foot­ball star Ger­ard Pique, which top play­ers are al­ready be­gin­ning to baulk at. So while Harry Hop­man cart­wheels in his grave, we have one more chance to en­joy la Coupe Davis, see­ing how the fi­nal will be held in France (on clay, nat­u­rally). And in one of the pro­found co­in­ci­dences of sport in 2018, the French will meet Croa­tia, just like it was for the FIFA World Cup.

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