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With the FIFA World Cup coming up in a month and all the hubbado about it going on all around, I thought it would be fun to compare the two events. It may not be too fair for tennis since the Davis Cup is far from being even tennis' premier event while the World Cup is probably THE sporting event of the world. But there's a lot to be proud about and excited about the team event of professional tennis. It has a rich and unique history all its own and the atmosphere is also something that you don't see in other tennis events. A lot of tennis fans seem to be down on it lately and putting it behind the Olympics, and the World Tour Finals. Winning this event used to be one of the ultimate goals for tennis players back in the day. It is also a big event for most top pros and we can see how Roger Federer is going all out this year to finally claim one of the last titles he does not have.
It would be interesting to hear what tennis fans think of how the Davis Cup can regain its prominence.

Comparing the Davis Cup and the World Cup
 

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It's fundamentally difficult because football is a team sport and tennis is primarily an individual sport - and hence the fans, which is ultimately where interest is derived from, are far more likely to identify with their local club or their country (not always the case in places like Brazil :lol:). On the other hand, would a tennis fan such as Kyle Johansen rather see Canada, his country (presumably) win the Davis Cup or Switzerland and therefore Federer win it?

Football is always, essentially, about representing a geographic area whereas tennis is about representing oneself - and therefore the amount of fans who support their country's interest in tennis will be proportionately much less.

As for altering the calendar, I'd make it once every two years but it would take a fundamental reform of the entire calendar (basically a shortening of the year) in order to really generate interest no matter the exact format. The reason for this is that a lot of the appeal of the World Cup is in the build up, whereas the Davis Cup is spread out across the year and ties tend to follow other important tournaments so the Davis Cup lacks the anticipation.

A shortening of the tennis year with the Davis Cup taking place two weeks after the WTF every other year in an alternating host country with a 16 team knockout tournament might be interesting.
 

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Davis Cup is boring and useless and should be abandoned. It really seems out of place - trying (and failing) to make individual sport like tennis into something it obviously is not (a team sport). World Cup >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Justin Bieber>>> Davis Cup
 

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Switzerland fans (or at least 80%) would prefer to see their team in QF of WC (even if losing there) than winning the whole thing in DC. This is the most extreme, yet truefull comparison I can make between the 2 competitions.

In their joke group they will more likely go to Last 16 at least anyway, lol.
 

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There is no way you compare this two. It's like comparing Nottingham challenger to Wimbledon. Or Euroleague to NBA
 

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A lot of it is media based. There is an absurd level of hype for the world cup even though it's not really the biggest prize these days.

That, and the Davis Cup is always competing with bloody 250 events in the calendar. That doesn't reflect well. The football world stops for the World Cup.
 

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A lot of it is media based. There is an absurd level of hype for the world cup even though it's not really the biggest prize these days.

That, and the Davis Cup is always competing with bloody 250 events in the calendar. That doesn't reflect well. The football world stops for the World Cup.
Not really. There are no ATP250 events (or higher) in DC weeks, only challengers and futures.
 

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Players still duck out of the Davis Cup to play ATP events the next week, or qualifying. The proximity still undermines the DC, with it being sandwiched in throughout the year.
 

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It helps that the players have started to get some ATP points for their efforts in the DC matches but it's still not enough.
 
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