Beyond the beating received by Australia on the first day of Davis Cup competition (they lost 0-3 to Croatia), the team captain Lleyton Hewitt’s press conference was not wasted and was another clear example that ” All the past time was better”.
“I had only heard the rumor, so I don’t know if it has been confirmed or not. I think it’s ridiculous. This is not the Davis Cup. I’ve already talked about this in the last three or four years. Yes, this is a wonderful stadium, but there is no massive crowd. This is not the Davis Cup. Some of my fondest memories are playing this tournament, semi-finals or final, in front of a top tier. It didn’t matter if it was in Australia or Hawaii. The atmosphere was incredible. Even with the public against it, that was also special, ”he said without brakes.
“Davis was celebrated with the greatest of respect because the best of five sets was played, like the Slams. We have already knocked down that door and, now, in addition, we have loaded ourselves with playing at home or away. Playing previous phases or the best of three sets is not the same. To me, it’s ridiculous that they sell Davis’ soul to the Middle East for five years. They are killing the competition ”, he pointed out.
And he sentenced: “The ITF has not come and asked my opinion, neither from me nor from any Australian, who has had the greatest of traditions here, along with two or three other countries for more than 100 years. This has changed for the worse. We have lost something special ”.