" An ambitious plan to transform the tennis calendar with the sport’s first World Cup is to be considered by the top male players, The Times has learnt.
In an attempt to attract a younger audience, the biennial ten-day tournament, involving 32 teams, would feature shorter matches in which players have to watch the clock between points — and, most controversial of all, compulsory mid-match substitutions.
Although the idea for a World Cup is in its formative stages, it has already been presented to leading tennis administrators and television executives, who believe that a men-only competition would attract a larger audience.
Such a move would effectively sound the death knell for the Davis Cup, which is seen as being the victim of an ill-defined format. "
Article continues at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle6985410.ece
Wow! Sounds very exciting and less of a committment than Davis Cup.
At the end of the article:
How it would work
The proposed biennial World Cup would feature
• A ten-day, men-only event with 32 teams in eight groups of four, 16 reaching the knockout stages.
• Each tie a single match over the best of five sets, with each nation having to field at least two players per tie — ie, enforced substitutions.
• Maximum 25sec between points.
• Tie-breaks the first to five points
Um... shorting the tiebreaker by a small amount seems pretty pointless. It will be interesting to learn the substitution rules, for example how many sets someone can play before getting subbed off.