Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and the rest of team USA seem to want a little more respect, enthusiasm, and fan involvement for the Davis Cup.
Makes sense, because it is THEIR sport and THEIR chance to try to be the best in the world.
And it seems like some in Austin are excited for the rare chance to have the Davis Cup not only in the US, but in our town.
Here's the Davis Cup problem. It happens too often.
I guess if it was treated like a yearly tournament, e.g. Wimbledon and the US Open, it might make more sense to me. But it's not. It's treated more like the Ryder Cup in Golf or the World Cup in Soccer.
Guess what? Those "Cups" don't happen every year.
Jim Courier joked that when he tells people about upcoming Davis Cup matches, like this session in Austin, they get excited. Then they ask what it means.
Remember the excitement that the US has seen with Ryder Cup and World Cup wins in the last fifteen or twenty years? Those "tournaments" were able to be hyped more because they don't come along very often.
There's a reason why winning a World Championship in track and field or gymnastics or speed skating is big, but winning in the Olympics is even bigger. Spread the competition out more to put more value on the title. More "oomph" behind the event.
Don't get me wrong, it's great for Austin to have the Davis Cup here. But it would be even nicer if it was appreciated even more by everyone in the US. And that I don't know if that will happen until the title seems to carry more weight.