“what is happening is a gag“said the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) on Monday. Gilles Moretton about the Davis Cup, deeply transformed since 2019, indicating that he was ready to invest “to have things assessed“.
“What’s happening is a gag, it’s a gag“, insisted the boss of the FFT on the sidelines of a visit with the organizing committee of the 2024 Paris Olympics to the Roland-Garros site where the tennis and boxing events of the next Summer Games will take place.
“There are so many anecdotes, we no longer really know where to turn, both on the schedule of matches where the host countries have protected schedules, and the surfaces“, he explained.
The group stage that ended on Sunday”had to be played indoors, that’s what I was told in January, except that we had the right to play on outdoor courts like on the Hamburg central, so we could have played at Roland Garros , since I mentioned the subject“.
The French team finished in 3rd place in group C which took place in Hamburg and will not participate in the final phase which will bring together eight teams in November in Malaga (Spain).
The Davis Cup format has been overhauled since 2019 and its takeover by the company Kosmos, supported in particular by the FC Barcelona football player Gerard Piquebut the new formula is far from unanimous, both among players and among spectators.
“There are so many special things that are traded over the counter“: “We sail on sight with the current Davis Cup“, estimated the president of the FFT.
“So much the better for people who are happy. I must say that it is not the joy within the FFT and the players, not only the French, to see our Davis Cup deteriorate from year to year. We have to change things, it’s a fight that I’m ready to lead“, he concluded.