Not posting the whole article, but a couple interesting tidbits regarding RR and Davis Cup:
What Ricci Bitti means is that he believes it is vital to maintain a significant 11-day gap between the end of a major tournament and the start of a Davis Cup round. But many of the stars that Ricci Bitti is determined to keep attracting are not in agreement. Urged on by men's tour officials, they have sent a letter to the ITF expressing their desire for a more compact schedule in September and for the Davis Cup semifinals and relegation round to be played in the week immediately after the U.S. Open.
"Even if they convince the players, they don't convince me," Ricci Bitti said. "They try to use the players, push all the players."
But some of the players sound like willing partners. "It baffles me to think that it still might not get changed," said James Blake, adding that 19 of the top 20 players had signed on to the proposal. "We all agree that we want it there. It makes it better for our schedules. But I guess we've got a few guys in suits that don't want it that way. So we'll see if we can convince them."
Meanwhile, many players on the men's side are upset about the ATP's decision to test round-robin formats in minor tournaments this season, saying the systems generate confusion and even encourage players to throw matches. At the player meeting during the Australian Open, there were emotional pleas to stop the experiment.
But de Villiers, the proverb addict and former Disney executive, is intent on seeing his market research through. There is no intention to use round robin in anything but small-level events, but there is an intention to make plenty of other changes to the tour, from its nomenclature to its structure.
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