New World Cup of Tennis Finals would transform Davis Cup

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The Worldwide Tennis Federation plans to revolutionize the Davis Cup with the introduction of an annual World Cup of Tennis Finals starting in 2019.

There lengthy have been requires a Davis Cup shakeup, and the ITF board of administrators has endorsed a 25-yr, $three billion partnership with funding group Kosmos for that to return to fruition, topic to approval on the governing physique’s annual basic assembly in August.

Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique, founder and president of Kosmos. final yr emerged as an unlikely key determine in proposals to introduce the brand new competitors amid considerations over the absence of excessive-profile gamers from Davis Cup matches.

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal backed Pique’s plans, and the ITF on Monday revealed that 18 nations are set to compete in a one-week event staged at a world-class location in November, with the winner topped Davis Cup champions.

If the proposals are handed, the occasion would be staged in the identical week that the Davis Cup last presently is held, with a spherical-robin format adopted by knockout levels and ties consisting of two singles and one doubles match.

There will probably be no change to the format of zone group competitors.

ITF president David Haggerty stated: “This can be a full recreation-changer for the ITF and for tennis. Our board has supported a daring and impressive plan for the longer term of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, one of the game’s most cherished and necessary occasions and a key cornerstone in our ITF2024 technique.

“Our imaginative and prescient is to create a serious season-ending finale that can be a pageant of tennis and leisure, that includes the world’s biggest gamers representing their nations to determine the Davis Cup champions.

“This new partnership won’t solely create a real World Cup of Tennis, however will even unlock document ranges of new funding for future generations of tennis gamers and followers around the globe.”

Pique stated: “Kosmos is thrilled to hitch on this thrilling partnership with the ITF. Collectively we will elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by placing on a should-see World Cup of Tennis Finals that includes the highest nations and prime gamers.

“Kosmos will even make investments $three billion over 25 years into tennis that may assist develop the sport worldwide.”