Neutral venue for final unappealing to Murray

Fans applaud Andy Murray as he walks off the court during Britain’s semi-final against Argentina.

Fans applaud Andy Murray as he walks off the court during Britain’s semi-final against Argentina.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is not overly enthusiastic about the possibility of a neutral venue hosting the Davis Cup finals, but backed proposals to shorten matches in the competition.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is considering plans to select fixed-venue cities in advance for the Davis and Fed Cup finals, switching from the current format where one of the finalists host the decider.

Croatia will host Argentina for the 2016 Davis Cup title after winning their semi-finals last weekend, but a host city has yet to be named.

“I am not sold on that (neutral venue),” Murray said yesterday.

“I do love the home and away atmosphere that we get in the Davis Cup.

“It is something that we as tennis players aren’t really used to because we are playing in neutral venues a lot of the time and the home and away aspect is something that I enjoy and makes it special.”

The world number two however supported the idea to host the finals over two days instead of three.

“The last three days, coming off the back of the Olympics, Cincinnati, the US Open, and then being on court for 10 or 11 hours, was really hard,” the Olympic champion added.

“Maybe playing it over Saturday and Sunday, best of three sets, I like that idea. If it doesn’t work you can always change back.”

Meanwhile, Britain will travel to Canada in the first round of the 2017 Davis Cup, while the United States host Switzerland, after the draw was made yesterday.

Britain and Canada have clashed just once in the Davis Cup – in 1967 – and the tie is likely to pit Murray against Canada’s world number six Milos Raonic, in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final.

The draw for the World Group also gave Novak Djokovic’s Serbia a home clash with Russia, with Australia taking on 2012 and 2013 winners Czech Republic.


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