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Simona Halep Threatens To Boycott Fed Cup If Revamp Takes Place

On Thursday an announcement is expected to be made about the future of the Fed Cup by the ITF in a press conference.


In recent months there has been speculation that the women’s team event will soon follow the path of the Davis Cup, which has undergone a controversial reform. Where the finals will take place at the end of a year over a week in a neutral location. The driving force behind the changes to the Davis Cup is Kosmos. An investment company founded by Barcelona footballer Gerald Pique. Kosmos has pledged to invest $3 billion over 25 years.

“I love the Fed Cup and I would never change that,” Reuters News quoted Halep as telling reporters in Eastbourne on Monday.
“If Fed Cup changes I won’t play any more. I like the format now so if they change, it will be tough because Fed Cup means to play home and away.”

Halep helped guide Romania to the semi-finals of the Fed Cup this year in what has been their best performance since 1973. Overall, she has won 22 out of 32 matches played since her debut back in 2010.

“To play at home, it’s the best feeling,” she said.
“I’ve played many years in Fed Cup and the best feeling is to be at home with all the people that come to support and also away you have to manage the emotions and the pressure.”

Earlier this month, ITF president Davis Haggerty vowed to revamp the Fed Cup in order to keep it in line with the men’s equivalent. Although he hasn’t outline an exact date as to when this will take place. Haggerty is seeking re-election this year and has outlined his plans in his manifesto.

“Fed Cup reform is a key focus of the Board in 2019, with the ambition to implement a similar Fed Cup World Cup of Tennis with a minimum of 16 teams in the World Group 2020 and to play one round of qualifying and an eight or 12-team Fed Cup Final in April 2020 in one location. This also aligns with the ITF Gender Equality initiative that we introduced in 2018 and continues to ensure tennis is a welcoming sport.” Sport Business quoted Haggerty as saying.
 

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:haha: oh please Halep, don't make me laugh
 

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Many players were already skipping Fed Cup as it is, this will make it much worse, so let's not pretend like Halep will be the only one boycotting whatever they plan to turn this into.

What I'm looking forward to seeing is whether they change the Olympic requirements in regard to Fed Cup if enough players decide to skip this new version. I don' think the ITF wants a bunch of top 200 players fighting for a Gold medal in 2024.
 

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If there is a change, it will pretty much return it to the format it had for the first 30yrs it was played.

And of course, many teams don't get to play much home-and-away at the moment unless they qualify into the world group.
 

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Is this change such a good idea? It might alienate fans in the participating countries (since they cannot participate). Also, if the event is held in a neutral location, why would the people there care about the final between two other nations?
 
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