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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Federer slammed after Davis Cup 'cop-out' call


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Tennis legend Roger Federer has been slammed by a tennis journalist after suggesting that he would not take part in next year's Davis Cup under the new structure.

Federer's dislike of the revamped format of the tournament has been well-documented and he suggested that his participation would be doubtful due to the format being "designed for the future generation of players".

However, tennis reporter Catherine Whitaker took aim at the Swiss maestro for his opinion, calling his comments a 'cop-out'.

“I found Roger Federer’s justification for probably not playing really disappointing and an absolute cop-out to say that this was designed for the future generation of players,” Whitaker said on The Tennis Podcast.

"He knows his power in tennis. He’s well aware of it and he uses it for great good a lot of the time.

“He knows the significance and the power of him committing even for just one year, in its inaugural year, the boost that will give it." data-reactid="64">"He knows the significance and the power of him committing even for just one year, in its inaugural year, the boost that will give it.

"The message it would send to other players, Federer is more than aware of all of that.

“So for him to say ‘it’s not really for me’, I find that really disappointing from Roger Federer.”

After a revamped format, brought in by Spanish football legend Gerard Pique, the new Davis Cup will be played over one week in November as opposed to a home-and-away format over a number of months. 

Under the new structure, an 18-team event, will feature six groups of three, with the pool winners and two best runners-up advancing to a knockout phase of the tournament. 

Tennis legend Roger Federer has been slammed by a tennis journalist after suggesting that he would not take part in next year's Davis Cup under the new structure.

Federer's dislike of the revamped format of the tournament has been well-documented and he suggested that his participation would be doubtful due to the format being "designed for the future generation of players".

However, tennis reporter Catherine Whitaker took aim at the Swiss maestro for his opinion, calling his comments a 'cop-out'.

“I found Roger Federer’s justification for probably not playing really disappointing and an absolute cop-out to say that this was designed for the future generation of players,” Whitaker said on The Tennis Podcast.

"He knows his power in tennis. He’s well aware of it and he uses it for great good a lot of the time.

“He knows the significance and the power of him committing even for just one year, in its inaugural year, the boost that will give it." data-reactid="64">"He knows the significance and the power of him committing even for just one year, in its inaugural year, the boost that will give it.

"The message it would send to other players, Federer is more than aware of all of that.

“So for him to say ‘it’s not really for me’, I find that really disappointing from Roger Federer.”

After a revamped format, brought in by Spanish football legend Gerard Pique, the new Davis Cup will be played over one week in November as opposed to a home-and-away format over a number of months. 

Under the new structure, an 18-team event, will feature six groups of three, with the pool winners and two best runners-up advancing to a knockout phase of the tournament. 

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