Madrid, Nov 19 (IANS) Andy Murray on Tuesday defended the new format being used in the Davis Cup in Madrid and lamented that some people judged it too quickly.
Under the direction of Spanish football star Gerard Pique’s company Kosmos, the new format swaps out the lengthy international qualification process for a season finale battle between 18 teams with games being played over three sets through a round-robin and then knockout rounds.
Speaking to the press in the Spanish capital, which is hosting the finals, Murray said: “Nothing really to complain about so far. It feels like there’s a few people that want to bash the event before it’s kind of started and got going. And I think they have to let that go and wait for the event to finish before we give a fair view on what this event is now.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion will play alongside Daniel Evans, Jaimie Murray, Neal Skupski and Kyle Edmund.
Fresh back from injury, the world number 126 suggested he may sit some games out, Efe news reports.
“Five matches in five days would be difficult for sure,” he said, adding that other members of his team could step in for him if needed.
Great Britain shares a group with Kazakhstan and the Netherlands.