A bye is ridiculous in a TEAM competition. How can a country deserve to win the Davis Cup if it only has to play two matches? And the fact that the defending champion has lost the last three years in the first round shows the depth of competition for the cup - figuratively almost any of the nations in the world group could win; why give advantages to some and not to others? Add to that lost revenue and opportuniteis to spread the game - its great to see a team like USA or Australia being sent to play in a 'developing tennis' country, and I think its one bad idea.
Well 2 months rest is obviously not enough or it wouldn't be so much of a problem.
i think the best solution if not to give a bye, but to bump the date of the competition up a couple months - change the format somehow.
"Spain wanted bye as well last yr
I bet they will consider it if US are davis cup champs"
TBE - on one hand I totally agree with you. On the other, I recall Andre and Pete, and Johnny Mac whining for years about the format - and they were told to stuff it.
But i wouldn't be surprised if it happened.
that is so much crap. If you can play the Australian open a month and a half later you can get a team together for Davis Cup. The Aussies never cryed when the US had to do it. If you can't win a first round tie 2 months later you weren't going to win the Davis Cup this year anyways.