[VIDEO] Ben Rothenberg And Ubaldo Scanagatta About Davis Cup: They Saw It Coming
Ubaldo Scanagatta and Ben Rothenberg discussed about the future of Davis Cup during the 2018 Australian Open... predicting some of the reforms recently introduced by the ITF
Approximately a month before the announcement by the ITF of the biggest overhaul to the format of Davis Cup in its over 100-year-old history, Ben Rothenberg (New York Times) and Ubaldo Scanagatta (Ubitennis) met in Melbourne to discuss the future of the competition.
“I didn’t believe in it at first – said Rothenberg – but the Laver Cup got a lot of things right about the way to run a team competition these days: one or two weeks in one place, and make sure you get all the stars there. This is the main problem with Davis Cup: the top players are not there, and that makes it irrelevant“.
“But who is going to attend a Davis Cup match if the local nation is not playing?” objects Scanagatta.
“If you package it correctly, it should work, like the World Cup of Soccer – answered Rotenberg – I don’t like how irrelevant Davis Cup is in 2018. If you don’t adapt, you will die“.