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Andy Murray's mixed feelings on Davis Cup plans

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 22/09/2016

The Scot is in with a shot at surpassing Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.
The Scot is in with a shot at surpassing Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

Andy Murray would welcome a change of format in the Davis Cup but is less enthusiastic about proposals for finals to be staged at a neutral venue.

The International Tennis Federation announced plans to alter the current set-up of Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals, one of which is to invite bids from national associations and cities interested in hosting finals.

The ITF are also proposing a final four event for the Fed Cup, which would involve the semi-finals and final being played in quick succession.

Other proposals include reviewing the best-of-five-sets format used in the Davis Cup.

Murray picked up a thigh injury playing three rubbers in three days as Britain lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-final last weekend, and the 29-year-old was asked about the plans.

He said: "I like the idea of changing the format, maybe shorten the weekend. For me personally the last three days, coming off the back of the Olympics, Cincinnati, the US Open and then being on court for 10 or 11 hours over three days, was really hard.

"A lot of the players have spoken about shortening the format, maybe playing it over Saturday and Sunday, best of three sets, I like that idea. If it doesn't work you can always change back.

"A lot of the top players have spoken about the scheduling and format of the Davis Cup for years and nothing has changed so trying something new would give the event a lift in terms of the participation of the top players.

"With the neutral venue, I am not sold on that. I do love the home and away atmosphere.

"It is something we aren't used to because when we travel we are playing in neutral venues a lot and the home and away aspect of the Davis Cup is something I enjoy and makes it special."

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