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post #41 of (permalink) Old Oct 4th, 2012, 09:54 PM
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Re: Stacey Allaster: "We believe our athletes are playing for their country every day

I quote former F1 World Champion Keke Rosberg to tell if sportspeople compete for themselves or their countries:

"I didn't drove the championship for Finland but for myself. And I didn't mean to create goodwill for Finland, but if I did, I have nothing against it."

I think that's also most tennis players' mindset, they play for themselves, even in OG and somewhat also in Fed/Davis Cup. But nationalism has always been very prominent in in sports, especially in individual sports. Players play for themselves but represent also their countries.

When it comes to changing the Fed Cup format, I don't know if it's a good idea. What I like in current format is that they have matches always at another team's home court. On the other hand, having ties spread aroud the year makes it anti-climatic, it's like UEFA Champions League compared to FIFA World Cup. But I wouldn't like to change the format, I just prefer the current format, and if they change the format, I hope they change only Fed Cup's format, not Davis Cup's too. ITF should just do all they can to make these nations' cups more attractive for players, give points like in DC and maybe also financial compensation for playing.
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