Davis Cup Finals: ITF takes key decisions regarding scheduling of the 2021 and 2022 edition

ITF plans to curtail the number of participating teams from 18 to 16 for the 2022 edition.

Davis Cup Finals - FirstSportz
Davis Cup Finals

International Tennis Federation(ITF) recently took key decisions regarding the Davis Cup Finals of 2021 and 2022. The organization agreed on a new schedule for the 2021 edition. They also agreed to review the proposal to add two more cities as hosts, in addition to Madrid, for the 2021 edition onwards. For 2022, ITF approved the proposal to reduce the number of participating teams from 18 to 16. These proposals were aimed at taking this event to the next level.

This year, The tournament will be a 11-day event, spanning from 25 November to 5 December. In 2019, David Cup Finals was planned from 18 to 24 November. The covid-19 pandemic forced this event to be suspended in 2020. ITF will review the proposal to move this event to a multi-city format from the 2021 season onwards. Two additional will host the event, with both the cities would host two group stages and one quarter-final each. While Madrid will host the two group stages, two quarter-finals as well as both the semi-finals and the final. 

Kosmos Tennis, the event pattern of Davis Cup Finals, has submitted their nominations for the cities that will be considered for the multi-city format.

We are confident these adjustments will enhance the experience for players and fans: Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director 

images 2020 07 26T081752.524 e1595731821971 - FirstSportz
Davis Cup Finals 2021

Albert Costa, Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director, spoke on these changes and expressed hope that they will help expand the reach of this tournament. 

“We recognize that the most successful tournaments adapt and evolve over time, and while the inaugural Davis Cup Finals delivered fantastic tennis, it also provided some learnings. We are committed to a long-term vision for this historic competition and are confident these adjustments will enhance the experience for players and fans,” Costa said.

The Director then moved to discuss the specific changes and how they will help change the face of the event.

“With large stadiums providing show courts for all ties, the introduction of a multi-city event will bring the competition to the widest possible audience, while we will also be able to ease the burden on players with improvements to the scheduling. Crucially, a revised schedule will allow us to avoid late finishes while providing more rest for players,” Costa acknowledges.

Also Read: Rafael Nadal achieves yet another invincible feat; completes 800 weeks in the top 10 of ATP rankings