MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Three European cities to host matches of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, which will be held in a format of the 11-day event compared to the previous seven-day format, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in a statement on Monday.
Last year, the Davis Cup Finals tennis tournament in Spain’s Madrid was postponed for a year due to the global spread of the novel coronavirus and 18 national teams, which qualified for that tournament, will be playing in the Finals this between November 25 and December 5.
"The multi-city format would see two European cities join Madrid as hosts in 2021," the ITF statement reads.
"Under this approach, the two new cities would each host two group stages and one quarter-final, with Madrid hosting two group stages and two quarter-finals, as well as both the semi-finals and the final," according to the statement.
Commenting on today’s decision, Albert Costa, the director of the Davis Cup Finals Tournament, said: "We recognize that the most successful tournaments adapt and evolve over time…"
"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.
"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," he continued.
"Crucially, a revised schedule will allow us to avoid late finishes while providing more rest for players," Costa added.
According to the ITF, the final decision on the format of the 2021 Davis Cup Finals will be made by March, based on the hosting and "COVID-19 contingency proposals received from bidders."
The ITF also announced in its statement today that the ITF Board approved a transition in the number of participating teams in the Davis Cup Finals tournaments from 18 to 16 starting from 2022.