ITF Introduces Major Changes in Davis Cup to Avoid Late Season Finish

Published 02/17/2022, 11:34 AM EST
Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain – December 5, 2021 Russian Tennis Federation team celebrates with trophy on the podium after winning the Davis Cup REUTERS/Susana Vera

Davis Cup is the biggest platform in tennis after the Olympics where players get to represent their country. It’s also known as the “World Cup of Tennis”, organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Each year, ITF announces its year-long schedule along with the venues. The announcement includes the group stages, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and the finals. However, this year, there’s a change. This year, ITF will be announcing the venues just before the events are scheduled to take place. 

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Russia won the 2021 Davis Cup. However, the USA leads the race with 32 titles since the start of the Davis Cup in 1900.

Changes in Davis Cup structure

ITF and Kosmos Tennis announced that the 2022 Davis Cup group stages will be held from 14th-18th September, just after the US Open. They also announced that the finals, which include the stages from the quarter-finals and beyond, will be played between 23rd-27th November, just after the ATP Finals. 

Even though the schedule has been announced, the venues haven’t. The announcement has clarified that the group stages will be held in four cities instead of three, and the knock-out stages in one city. However, these cities have not yet been disclosed.

The authorities have clarified that these changes come after the feedback from players and captains to ease pressure on the schedule. 

What did the authorities say?

Tournament director Albert Costa commented on the matter. He stated that players appreciated the changes which have been made in the format so far, but want to avoid the late finish to the season. He added, “The decision to move the Group Stage to September addresses this.” 

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The group stage, which previously used to be held in 3 cities, will now be held in 4 to ensure “even more fans across the world can enjoy the unique Davis Cup atmosphere,” said Costa.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain – December 5, 2021 Russian Tennis Federation team celebrates with trophy on the podium winning the Davis Cup REUTERS/Sergio Perez

What do you make of the changes to the schedule? Do you believe they’ll make things easier for players? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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