Stich, Davis Cup winner with Germany in Düsseldorf in 1993, named the main characteristics of a successful national team: “The characters have to fit together, you have to complement each other. You also need a leader who exudes will.”
The uncertain future of the Davis Cup worries Stich. The reform of the competition initiated in 2018 by the Kosmos investor group, which is no longer responsible, was a “disaster”.
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“I found it terrible to gut a competition that has existed for over 100 years just for the money. Simply because that feeling of home games, of the fans in the stadium that you have chosen yourself, is no longer there.”
World association faces “Herculean task”
After the termination of the contract with Kosmos, which was an admission of “complete failure”, the world association ITF is now facing a “Herculean task”, said Stich. In what form the Davis Cup will be held in the future is uncertain.
The former second in the world rankings also criticized the current tennis generation, which often refuses to change the playing surface at short notice.
“Anyone who is not able to switch from clay to hard court in a week these days should ask themselves why this is not possible,” he said, noting that the players have “become more of a sole proprietor compared to before ” be.
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