New ITF chief David Haggerty revealed that he’s interested in the Davis Cup having a Final Four-type of format. The American Haggerty says it would be similar to the NCAA basketball’s wildly successful Final Four schedule in which the last four teams play the semifinals and the finals at a neutral site over the course of a week.
The earlier rounds would remain as is.
“In the final week, generally in November, we would have the final four teams come together in a neutral location somewhere to be determined,” Haggerty told Reuters.
“We would be able to plan in advance where that is. We could have the semifinals in the first three days, a day of rest and then three days for the final.”
Haggerty added that having the defending champion team receive a first round bye is also worth exploring.
If anything, it sounds like Haggarty wants to shake things up to the format which has been in place since forever.
“(The Davis Cup) is a great property, but I want to polish it a little bit,” he said.
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