Dan Evans calls for Davis Cup rule change after Great Britain knocked out by Germany
Great Britain’s Dan Evans says he “can’t prepare to play two people’ and calls for the Davis Cup to change the nomination deadline for the opening singles ties.
Evans thinks that the deadline for player nominations for the opening singles matches of the Davis Cup knock-out rounds should be submitted the night before the match, as opposed to the current deadline of just one hour before.
25th ranked Evans was faced with a surprise in his quarter-finals singles match when he played Peter Gojowczyk instead of Dominik Koepfer whom he expected to face. Evans beat Gojowczyk in straight sets regardless, winning 6-2 6-1, but still feels the rules need to be changed.
Speaking after his match with Gojowczyk, Evans said “maybe Dominik [Koepfer] was hurt, or maybe they thought ‘you know, I’d beat a left-hander, lose to a right-hander’. We’ll never know, I guess. I’m sure they had their reasons.
“This is sort of the beauty of this competition. I don’t think it’s particularly fair on the number two [player] that you can change it an hour before. I think it should go the night before, in my opinion. But that’s my opinion. You have to deal with those things.
“I can’t prepare to play two people. Can’t do all the stuff the night before. We guessed it would be Koepfer, so I prepared to play Koepfer. But I can’t do that twice over. I’ll be up all night, which for the quality of tennis for the event, I think it should be the night before.
Great Britain eventually went on to lose their remaining quarter-final ties against Germany as Cameron Norrie lost to Jan-Lennard Struff and Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski were beaten by Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz.
As such, Germany have progressed to the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2007 and will play either the Russian Tennis Federation or Sweden.
🎾 Read >> Breaking tennis news
🎾 Follow >> 24/7 LIVE scores
🎾 Free >> Receive our legendary newsletter
🎾 Join >> Tennishead CLUB, the world’s only virtual tennis club
🎾 Social >> Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
🎾 Order >> World’s best tennis magazine
🎾 Shop >> Lowest price tennis gear from our trusted retail partner