RMC SPORTS INFO – Davis Cup: France may have missed its chance to host

RMC SPORT INFO – On the evening of the success in Pau against Ecuador, the FFT expressed its desire to organize a pool to satisfy its players and fans. But the battle is tough. Some countries are one step ahead…

In the offices of Kosmos it is phosphorus. There are two urgent files to be completed before the March 24 draw. First, designate the replacement for Russia, banned from the Davis Cup 2022 and especially the allocation of the four host cities for the groups scheduled from September 14 to 18.

On Saturday, in Pau, President Gilles Moretton stated at a press conference that the French Tennis Federation was waiting for the specifications for the organization of this stage. According to our information, unlike France, some countries had not waited for the decision of the barrages to place their pawns. This complicates the task of the French as they would have “forgotten” the February 18 deadline. According to our information, the call for applications has been open since the end of last year.

In such cases, an exemption can always be granted, especially if the case stands. By presenting the Roland-Garros stadium, the FFT would show the biceps. Even if two details disturbed Gilles Moretton in Pau: the perimeter fence of Porte d’Auteuil seemed reserved for another event on these dates. And since the ITF recommends that the meetings take place indoors, it was pointed out that Roland remained an open-air stadium with its roof!

There are indeed openings on the sides. We remember that a heavy rain shower wet some armchairs during the autumn 2020 edition. These are just details on paper, but the opponents of the FFT can point out to Kosmos…

New York, Glasgow, Bologna: there are already three…

The other problem is that, according to our information, Kosmos already has more files than places to point to. Wildcard recipient Great Britain dreams of hosting this stage at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, the scene of a semi-final in 2016. With Andy Murray, popular success is assured.

The US Federation suggested using Flushing Meadows in the wake of the US Open. A rather attractive file, let’s face it. Italy did not stay with both feet in the boot. The Unipol Arena in Casalecchio, on the outskirts of Bologna, is already fully booked. In addition, in the euphoria of the victory in Brastislava, Lorenzo Musetti arranged a meeting with the journalists “in Bologna”. Italy has recently gained political weight and has shown its know-how by hosting the Masters in Turin. And our neighbors have top players drawing crowds…

Finally, it’s hard to imagine Spain not getting involved in the fray. Especially if Carlos Alcaraz takes the thickness. And why not Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, who headlined the 2021 final, and who may want to offer his country one last collective success. Not to mention Australia, another big country in the Davis Cup, which lacks adequate infrastructure. Playing at home is a big advantage when getting tickets to the final in the Middle East at the end of November.

This new formula in September warned Nicolas Mahut, irritated by the incessant change of format and very fond of honesty: “I think that some federations have not played their part at the time of the vote (in the summer of 2018) and we will come to this failure”, he analyzes in the Short podcast number 1

“They are trying to improve the formula. For me what they offer is better than what we have seen in previous years. We have to stick to that. I thought the draw would take place this week, as usual. If there are candidate cities and then they do the groups according to the cities, for me it is no longer a draw.”

According to the new ITF Nations Rankings, released Monday, the top four are Croatia, Spain, France and the United States. I’m not sure if these four countries are all “protected” on March 24th.

Anthony Rech and Eric Salliot