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Ivan Ljubicic revealed this tidbit in an interview with ESPN:

Davis Cup ranking points
Almost habitually, calls to alter the format of the Davis Cup crop up every January.

Some want a one-off tournament at the end of the year, others want a bi-annual event, and more than a few have suggested dropping the round-of-16 series in the world group (like the Fed Cup).

All proposals, it seems, are intended to help make sure top players play. Swiss No. 1 Roger Federer and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, a Spaniard, have routinely opted out of the first round. Ljubicic said ranking points will be offered starting next year, though in small doses, a compromise made so the players can get the Davis Cup dates they desire. Points are up for grabs at the Olympics.

"The guys were definitely not against it, and we all felt, 'OK, if someone is playing really well in the Davis Cup, he deserves to get some more points,'" Ljubicic said. "We can test it for three or four years and then go back to the normal Davis Cup competition. I don't think it's going to make a big impact in the rankings.''



Next year's Davis Cup dates and points scheme will be revealed in April, coinciding with the quarterfinals, the International Tennis Federation, which governs the competition, said in an e-mail.
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3270457

Discuss. Anyone have any more details? Feel free to delete this thread if this is old news. I hadn't heard about it. Personally I'm all for it, although my feeling is that unless a substantial number of points are offered it won't do much to attract the top players.
 

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I'm not a fan of awarding ranking points to an event that's meant for you to represent your country. It might encourage more players (cough Andy Murray cough) to play, but not for the right reasons. Kind of like the Ryder Cup/President's Cup in golf, the Davis Cup should be played for passion and national pride.
 

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This is so stupid. :rolleyes:
 

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I'm not a fan of awarding ranking points to an event that's meant for you to represent your country. It might encourage more players (cough Andy Murray cough) to play, but not for the right reasons. Kind of like the Ryder Cup/President's Cup in golf, the Davis Cup should be played for passion and national pride.
I've got a bigger problem with it because it gives advantages to the players from the bigger countries. Teams like Russia, the U.S., and Spain are usually going to be in the competition longer than smaller countries, and therefore their players will have more opportunities to win points.

Also, I assume the players in the World Group are going to get more points for wins than in the zones. So a guy like Baghdatis, through no fault of his own, is not going to have the opportunity to win as many points as players from the bigger countries.

It doesn't seem like a fair system. Not in favor at all.
 

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what a :retard: decision :mad:
 

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hopefully they will give points for Group 4 Euro-African Zone :rocker2:
 

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I was just about to criticize this, but then I saw Genci's post :)
 

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Thats really unfair for the players who can participate in DC.
 

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I don't know how they can come up with the appropriate ranking points.

Are players from all groups awarded in ranking points? If no, that's not fair but if yes, how many for World group, zonal group I, II, III, etc.

Awarding same amount of points again are not fair like awarding some ranking points to ATP tournaments, challengers and futures.

Since ATP can't figure out which player should advance in a RR tournament, I doubt the organisation will figure out what ranking points be awarded to be fair. :eek:
 

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This rivals round robin.
 

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Bad idea.

It may help convince the bigger names who usually don't show to turn up and play, but it's totally shafting the player's who can't participate.
 

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It's would be unfair to award ranking points in a 'tournament' into which entry is achieved not by rankings but by 'impressing the coach' (even if the coach judges by the player's form at that given moment). The selection is very subjective.

Imagine a situation in which a country has some top-10 players who prefer fast surfaces (a team of, say, 'Andy Roddicks') and top 20 players who are, however, better on slow surfaces. The tie is on clay. Who should play? All players would want ranking points... And top-10 playesr would claim that they should qualify because they are higher ranked, while clay specialists would say that they deserve to play because with them a country has more chances to win.
Fugly.

Plus, even if a player gets selected into the DC team, the coach can always substitute him by someone else for a given rubber, unfairly stripping him of ranking points, giving advantage to his team-mates who are in direct competition with him in the ranking system.


To maintain fairness, shall ranking points be introduced to DC, the rules that qualify a player to play should also be changed to the following:

1. Top-4 ranked players from a country play.
2. Each player has to play the same number of matches.

But, imo, that would kill DC.
I prefer that 4 in-from players play, instead of top-4, but with a possibility of a player being in a small slump on the week/month of the tie. I prefer that a clay specialist plays a tie that's contested on clay, instead of a possibly no1 player in the country who for some reason totally sucks on that surface. It's more beautiful this way.
 
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