David Haggerty with the David Cup trophy
The lads’s Davis Cup and girls’s Fed Cup finals have each been rescheduled for subsequent 12 months as a result of issues posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the ITF introduced on Friday.
This 12 months’s Davis Cup finals in Madrid, the second instalment of a new-look competitors, have been as a result of run 23-29 November whereas the revamped Fed Cup had been postponed indefinitely after April’s finals have been known as off.
“It is an enormous disappointment for all of us that the Davis Cup Finals is not going to be held in 2020,” stated Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique, whose Kosmos funding group funds the competitors.
“We do not know the way the scenario will develop in every certified nation, or if restrictions in Spain will stay sufficiently eased, as such it’s unimaginable to foretell the scenario in November and assure the security of these travelling to Madrid.”
The rearranged finals will comprise the 18 groups which certified for the this 12 months’s version. It would as a substitute start the week beginning 22 November, 2021.
“It is a powerful resolution to need to make, however delivering a world workforce occasion on this scale whereas guaranteeing the well being and security of all concerned in the end poses too nice a danger,” stated ITF president David Haggerty.
Spain has one of many worst affected international locations by the pandemic, struggling greater than 28 000 deaths, however began reopening its borders on the finish of final week.
The announcement capped a nasty week for tennis after world primary Novak Djokovic’s exhibition match within the Balkans led to him and different high gamers Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki testing optimistic for Covid-19.
All skilled tennis has been in chilly storage since mid-March with Wimbledon cancelled for the primary time for the reason that World Struggle II and Roland Garros moved again to September and October.
The US Open goes forward as scheduled in New York from 31 August, though the rash of optimistic assessments at Djokovic’s occasion has raised questions concerning the resumption of the season.
Quite a few Davis Cup qualifiers in March have been performed behind closed doorways on the onset of the worldwide well being disaster. World Group I and II ties scheduled for September might be pushed again till subsequent 12 months.
The revised 12-team Fed Cup finals have been initially as a result of happen on indoor clay in Budapest from 14-19 April however have been shelved in response to the virus outbreak. They’ve been reprogrammed for 13-18 April, 2021.
“As a result of ongoing challenges offered by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has not been attainable to reschedule the postponed Finals in 2020,” the ITF stated on Friday.
“Along with the Laszlo Papp Area being unavailable over the latter a part of the 12 months, there stay vital logistical and regulatory challenges that imply internet hosting an indoor mass gathering whereas guaranteeing the well being and security of all concerned is not going to be possible.”
Eight Fed Cup play-off ties to be held at varied venues all over the world have been additionally placed on maintain in March. They are going to be performed subsequent February.
“Whereas it’s regrettable that the Finals will be unable to happen this 12 months, we’re assured that we can host an excellent occasion in Budapest in April 2021,” stated Haggerty.
“In these extraordinary instances, we consider that one of the simplest ways ahead so as each to guard the well being and security of all concerned and to finest respect the integrity of the competitors is to increase this 12 months’s Fed Cup into 2021, with the occasion returning to an annual foundation the next 12 months.”
The transfer to reform the Fed Cup adopted an analogous overhaul of the Davis Cup, with Madrid internet hosting the inaugural finals gained by Rafael Nadal’s Spain in Madrid final November.
The earlier format, which noticed the eight-team World Group determined over three ties separated over the course of the season, was criticised for being too protracted and for not defending participant welfare which led many high gamers to cease representing their international locations.
The brand new-look match will supply a complete prize pot of $18 million with $12 million going to gamers and $6 million to nationwide tennis associations.
The finals will function 4 teams of three groups, with the winners progressing to the semi-finals and ultimate. All matches will encompass two singles and one doubles.
France gained final 12 months’s competitors after beating Australia Three-2 within the ultimate in Perth.