The coronavirus continues to bring more sad news for fans. In the latest updates, Davis Cup as well as the Fed Cup have been rescheduled for 2021.
Notably, the final draws of both the events were scheduled to take place in 2020. However, considering the global nature of these events, the organizers felt it best that the events be postponed.
While Davis Cup has been postponed to November 2021, the Fed Cup will take place in April.
The Davis Cup statement read –
“The decision to postpone the event comes following a three-month review of the considerable logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and all potential hosting scenarios with the health and safety of all involved of paramount importance.”
Gerard Pique, who is the man behind the revamped Davis Cup, had this to say –
“It’s a huge disappointment for all of us that the Davis Cup Finals will not be held in 2020. We don’t know how the situation will develop in each qualified nation, or if restrictions in Spain will remain sufficiently eased, as such it is impossible to predict the situation in November and guarantee the safety of those travelling to Madrid. This postponement has no long-term bearing on our collective ambitions for the Davis Cup. The ITF and Kosmos Tennis look forward to delivering an outstanding competition in 2021, when it is safe and feasible to do so.”
Fed Cup follows the path of Davis Cup
The Fed Cup cited similar logistical problems in its statement.
“In addition to the Laszlo Papp Arena being unavailable over the latter part of the year, there remain significant logistical and regulatory challenges that mean hosting an indoor mass gathering while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved will not be feasible.”
ITF President David Haggerty also gave his two cents.
“Earlier this year, we took the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the first edition of the new-look Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is regrettable that the Finals will not be able to take place this year, we are confident that we will be able to host a superb event in Budapest in April 2021.”
“In these extraordinary times, we believe the best way forward in order both to protect the health and safety of all involved and to best respect the integrity of the competition is to extend this year’s Fed Cup into 2021, with the event returning to an annual basis the following year.”
This is some big news coming in the wake of French Open and US Open looking to organize events. If things go awry, it will have consequences like for the Adria Tour. Let’s see the course taken in the future by these two huge events.