Murray not yet “sold” on idea of neutral venues for Davis Cup finals

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Murray not yet “sold” on idea of neutral venues for Davis Cup finals

British tennis star Andy Murray says he is yet to be convinced of some proposed changes to the Davis Cup in a bid to strengthen its appeal.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 21, 2016) (ITN – SEE ABOVE FOR RESTRICTIONS)

1. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH TENNIS STAR ANDY MURRAY, SAYING:

“With the neutral venue, I’m not sold on that yet. I do love the home and away atmosphere that we get in the Davis Cup just now. It’s something that we as tennis players aren’t really used to because when we travel around the world we play in kind of neutral venues a lot of the time, and the home and away is something that I enjoy and makes the Davis Cup special in comparison to the other events, so I’m not sure on that.”

3. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS

STORY: British tennis star Andy Murray said on Wednesday (September 21) that he was not convinced fixing the location of the Davis Cup final and scrapping the home and away format would be in the best interests of the tournament.

“With the neutral venue, I’m not sold on that yet. I do love the home and away atmosphere that we get in the Davis Cup just now. It’s something that we as tennis players aren’t really used to because when we travel around the world we play in kind of neutral venues a lot of the time, and the home and away is something that I enjoy and makes the Davis Cup special in comparison to the other events, so I’m not sure on that,” said Murray at a news conference in Glasgow.

Tennis chiefs plan to adopt the NFL’s Super Bowl model, by selecting fixed venue cities in advance for their showcase Davis and Fed Cup finals.

The switch from one of the two finalists hosting the decider is part of a broader strategy aimed at growing the men’s and women’s international team events.

Other options under consideration include a tweak of formats to reduce the length of matches, and expanding the top-tier Fed Cup competition to feature 16 nations.

The ITF membership will vote on the plans next August. In American football’s Super Bowl, the host city is selected well in advance, usually three to five years before the game. Similarly, European soccer’s governing body UEFA selects the host city for the Champions League final two years in advance.

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