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Fitzgerald hits back against “devastating” Davis Cup changes

Former Australian Davis Cup John Fitzgerald has come out swinging against proposed changes to the Davis Cup.

During the International Tennis Federation’s annual meeting in Orlando on Thursday, a vote will take place to decide whether the century-old tournament will switch from the currently home and away knockout tournament to an end-of-season event in one city.

Fitzy wasn’t happy, telling Afternoons the Davis Cup would become “just another tennis event” if the proposed overhaul is voted in.

“Change is normal but the important thing is how you approach it,” he said.

“The Davis Cup could cease to exist as we know it and the home and away format won’t be the same. It’s a massive blow to the competition and it’s something that’s transcended time over 120 years or so.

“If you have it in one place over one week or even two, you’ll have some lesser countries that’ll play some matches on back courts somewhere and it won’t mean anything to anyone. You’ll have a few people watching rather than vibrant crowds.

“To take the home and away format from this competition is what hurts most.”

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