Begin occasions tweaked to keep away from late exhibits at Davis Cup


MADRID (Information) – Organizers of the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid have introduced ahead the beginning occasions of Friday’s last-eight ties by half an hour after every week of late finishes at La Caja Magica.

Serbia’s conflict with Russia will begin at 0930GMT with the matches between Britain and Germany and hosts Spain and Argentina starting at 1630GMT.

The inaugural version of the revamped competitors that includes 18 nations enjoying off for the trophy has proved a scheduling problem with two ties on every of the three courts every day.

With a tie consisting of two best-of-three set singles rubbers and a doubles, that’s doubtlessly 18 units of tennis on one courtroom. Britain’s tie with the Netherlands on Wednesday lasted nearly 9 hours and induced a two-hour delay to the beginning time of the night match.

It was an identical story on Courtroom 2 the place Italy and america completed their tie on the ludicrous time of 4am. The earlier night, Spain’s conflict with Russia ended near 2am.

Gamers and captains have been moderately understanding of the scenario, however say the schedule will have to be addressed for subsequent yr when the Finals are additionally in Madrid.

“It’s the primary yr, and there’s going to be some issues like that,” British captain Leon Smith mentioned. “It occurs at much more established occasions. Jo Konta v (Garbine) Muguruza on the Australian (Open).

“It’s typically unhealthy luck, isn’t it? It’s one thing that they’ll take a look at subsequent yr, and take a look at the scheduling and how one can mitigate towards one thing like that occuring.”

Rafael Nadal mentioned the late finishes made hassle for gamers and followers whereas captain Sergi Bruguera mentioned one thing must be accomplished.

“You can not end the video games at two within the morning. This should be adjusted subsequent time.”

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic had some sympathy.

“With the remainder between matches and the singles gamers, double gamers, ceremonies, and all these various things which can be a part of the protocol, it’s all the time going to be very difficult to get the whole lot accomplished on time,” he mentioned.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Pritha Sarkar