Hewitt flays 'ridiculous' changes to Davis Cup format

Former Barcelona player Gerard Pique is part of the investment group involved in the changes to the Davis Cup

Former Barcelona player Gerard Pique is part of the investment group involved in the changes to the Davis Cup

Tennis great Roger Federer was a year ago also against the proposed changes to the Davis Cup, suggesting he would not take part and that it "should not become the Pique Cup".

"He (Pique) knows nothing about tennis".

One of the major criticisms of Pique's plans for the Davis Cup is that the tournament has such a rich history and rebranding that would be disrespectful.

Australia's Davis Cup captain has been inundated with questions about Tomic ever since the 26-year-old's remarkable rant at the Australian Open.

With a number of players vowing they won't participate in the new-look Davis Cup, Pique has attempted to shift focus onto the team aspect of the competition, while confirming fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal will play.

Hewitt will captain Australia against Bosnia and Herzegovina from Friday in Adelaide under a fresh Davis Cup format of three-set matches over two days, without home-and-away ties.

"Totally different sport. And it's not going to work in tennis", Hewitt said.

Australia are among the nations vying for 12 remaining spots in the 18-team final in Madrid.

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It's not that we didn't (stay humble) but you have to start strong, you have to be aggressive because they were in the first half. "For the first goal we played our way into trouble". "The reaction was good, we didn't lose, but we dropped two points we could have won".

The new format will have the usual five sets reduced to three and Hewitt believes it was "ridiculous" to make so many changes to the sport's premier global tournament.

"I don't agree at all with it", he said. "We will wait and see".

Speaking ahead of Australia's Davis Cup qualifiying tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina this weekend, Hewitt was clearly fed up with having to talk about Tomic.

Hewitt called the new set-up "ridiculous" and took a swipe at Pique, whose Kosmos investment group has been involved with the revamp. I personally don't think all the top players will play.

Hewitt had impressed upon his team this week - De Minaur, Popyrin, John Millman, Jordan Thompson and John Peers - not to dwell on the format change.

"With the options we have, I'm happy with how the guys are playing at the moment", the two-time Grand Slam champion said.

"So for these guys to gel together and help each other get better, I think that's something that (Tony Roche) Rochey and I really want to see moving forward".

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