Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Davis Cup format is fine as is

That's a simple-enough headline, right?

There's always a lot of talk out there about the format/scheduling in regard to Davis Cup, and it's really come into question the past couple of days as only two of the top 15 players are participating this weekend.

Sure, fans always want to see the biggest names in action. However, it's just not going to work out this time around. That doesn't mean the ties will be lacking the usual amount of drama. Anyone going out there for national pride is ready to do battle.

But what I'm going to do here is list the other 13 players not out there and try to justify why they don't have to play.  Here goes:

1. Andy Murray: Carried British team for years. Won a Davis Cup. He's good.
3. Stan Wawrinka: Loyal DC player for years, even when Roger Federer skipped ties. Won a Cup. He's good.
4. Milos Raonic: Proving to be extremely injury-prone.
5. Kei Nishikori: Has played a ton of Davis Cup. Not the healthiest player, either.
6. Rafael Nadal: Three words: Australian Open finalist.
7. Marin Cilic: Has played a ton of Davis Cup ties. He's good.
8. Dominic Thiem: Austria's not in the World Group. Not sure where they are in the playoff standings.
9. Gael Monfils: Captain Yannick Noah didn't pick him because of commitment concerns. That's OK: He's older and has played in the past.
10. Roger Federer: Three words: Australian Open champ. Plus, always indifferent to it throughout his career.
11. David Goffin: Just made the Aussie quarters. Has made a recent DC final. He's good.
12. Tomas Berdych: Played a ton of Davis Cup. Older, won DC titles. He's good.
13. Grigor Dimitrov: See Thiem. Plus, he's played a ton already this year.
14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: All of France's top singles players are interchangeable. I'm not sure of the reasoning (Deep Aussie run? Impending fatherhood?) but he's older and has played a lot. He's good.

And that's it. Quick and to the point: No fuss, no muss. Now watch, there will be some exciting tennis for the players and fans. A Guido Pella-Fabio Fognini live fifth rubber would be just as great as a Nishikori-Monfils one.

Davis Cup is all about the passion, and the players that are competing this weekend will definitely bring it.