Davis Cup final to clash with Australian Open golf
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2003 Australian Open | General | 23 Sep 2003
What is good news for Australian tennis may not prove to be quite as good for a struggling Australian Open, as it now appears that the final of the Davis Cup is scheduled for the very weekend of the inaugural staging of the Open at Moonah Links on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Lleyton Hewitt’s remarkable comeback on Sunday afternoon has ensured that the final against Spain will be held in Melbourne on November 28th, 29th and 30th.
The competition for crowds and sponsors in the Melbourne area and indeed a national television audience that weekend, suggests one of the events is going to suffer and it seems a fair bet, given the interest in the final of the Davis Cup generated by Hewitt’s remarkable performance, that it may just be the Australian Open.
Channel Seven has asked for the Davis Cup final to be played at night to avoid a clash with the Australian Open golf championship. A spokesman for Channel Seven told www.smh.com.au: “We will be asking for late afternoon or early evening matches. That would be great.”
Tennis Australia’s John Lindsay said that details for the final had not been discussed. "We’ll be playing the tie at the best time for the players and the fans." he said.
Just what the tournament organisers can do about this impasse, if anything, remains to be seen, but it no doubt creates yet another headache for an event that has as yet been unable to secure a naming rights sponsor.