British tennis stunned by events in Vilnius
Like a dazed party of stags, coming round the morning after the night before, the Lawn Tennis Association high command bravely fronted up today here in Vilnius.
The wreckage was not of broken bottles or body parts, the stench not of alcohol poisoning, but British tennis had effectively been stripped bare, roped to a tree and beaten with branches.
Defeat to Lithuania had been total humiliation. At least the bosses admitted so. "It's like being in a very bad dream," LTA chief executive Roger Draper told BBC Sport. "Along with lots of other British tennis fans [we are] sharing the humiliation of losing to Lithuania."
Britain's 3-2 defeat to a team of teenagers, only one of whom has a ranking inside 500, means a relegation play-off at home to Turkey in July. Defeat there will send us down to the fourth tier of the competition entry level - along with Moldova, Malta, San Marino and Armenia.
Just as captain John Lloyd had refused to make a snap decision about his future, LTA bosses confirmed they would take their time before judging the impact of a fifth successive Davis Cup defeat.
On one hand it's a surprise that Lloyd hasn't gone already - he's the first British captain in 110 years to endure such a run - and, unfortunately for this popular captain, sporting history is littered with leaders who have had to carry the can for poor results.
Sometimes no further justification is needed. Sport is harsh like that. Just ask former England football manager Graham Taylor.
For all Lloyd's qualities - and there are many - that horrific phrase "mutual consent" may be appearing on an LTA statement sometime soon.
John Lloyd will be haunted by events in Vilnius
But can anyone else do any better? Probably not. Some candidates may not have as much support from the players as Lloyd undoubtedly had. That will be absolutely crucial.
So should one of his bosses walk the plank instead? Is anyone brave enough to take the heat from the captain and accept the failings of his team are symptomatic of a wider malaise?
A review of the weekend's events, assessing all aspects of the current predicament, will be led by LTA player director Steven Martens. The unlikely conclusion is that the person in overall charge of performance should take responsibility, that person being Martens himself.
So then we come to Draper. Is it time for him, after four years at the top of a rich under-achieving governing body, to consider his own position?
"No, because you have to put it in perspective and there's a huge amount of progress being made," he insists. However, he did say, earlier in the interview, that he "always takes ultimate responsibility for British tennis".
He regrets that the Davis Cup is clouding a lot of good work currently going on in clubs, schools and parks. He talks about good things like progress of juniors, extra numbers competing and the improvements on the women's side. Basically all the same stuff we heard from him last year.
If he really is ultimately responsible then he has to balance those successes with the "humiliation" he has just experienced and make a judgement.
The weekend was a harsh life-lesson for the inexperienced group of British players, but they actually emerged, strange as this may sound, with credit.
Nobody froze, nobody flipped. They couldn't be faulted for effort, and their attitude was exceptional throughout. All four, I am sure, will play Davis Cup again and return stronger for the experience of Vilnius.
Should Dan Evans have finished off Laurynas Grigelis after dominating the end of the fourth set? Possibly. But you had to be in the arena to appreciate how well Grigelis played the big moments of the match.
When Evans had 15-40, leading 2-1 final set, Grigelis pulled out four ridiculously good shots which made a mockery of his ranking of 521. The young man deserved his win and was rightly hailed the hero as his team-mates mobbed the court at the end.
So congratulations Lithuania - a basketball country with an annual tennis budget of around £90,000 - you hosted us well, deserved the victory and, unwittingly, turned up the heat on the men with the Roehampton millions.