Feb. 17, 2022 — The Worldwide Tennis Federation and Kosmos Tennis have introduced the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals will happen in September from 2022 onwards. As per the preliminary adjustments made to the Davis Cup based mostly on participant suggestions, the occasion will likely be hosted throughout 4 cities (beforehand three), with every staging one group of 4 groups from 14 – 18 September this yr. The Davis Cup Finals, which function the quarter-finals onwards, will then be held in a single yet-to-be-announced venue from 23 – 27 November 2022. The adjustments tackle ongoing suggestions from gamers and captains to ease stress on the schedule whereas ending every week sooner than 2021.
David Haggerty, ITF President mentioned, “We’re dedicated to sustaining the standard components and environment that make the Davis Cup so distinctive. On the identical time, we’re conscious we additionally want to stay versatile to the wants of countries, gamers, followers and the sport as a complete. We’re happy with what we have now achieved with the preliminary adjustments made to the Davis Cup Finals over the previous few years and are dedicated to the continued growth of the competitors for the advantage of all concerned.”
Albert Costa, Event Director mentioned, “Gamers and captains had been clear that they just like the adjustments to the format to this point, however wish to keep away from the late end to the season. The choice to maneuver the group stage to September addresses this, whereas on the identical time persevering with the multi-city format of the group stage, and including a fourth metropolis, ensures much more followers the world over can benefit from the distinctive Davis Cup environment and help their groups dwell.”
The multi-city format of the group stage was elevated from three host cities to 4 in 2022, with sixteen groups, break up into 4 teams of 4 nations. The highest two groups from every group will then advance to the knock-out stage of the Davis Cup Finals, which happen in November. The bidding course of to change into one of many host venues of the group stage is underway, with these chosen anticipated to be introduced shortly in March.
The Russian Tennis Federation and Croatia, as finalists in 2021, along with wild playing cards Serbia and Nice Britain, have already secured their place within the 2022 group stage. The remaining 12 nations might want to progress by the upcoming Davis Cup Qualifiers, which happen on a home-and-away foundation subsequent month on 4 – 5 March 2022.