Turin and Innsbruck be part of Madrid as Davis Cup Finals hosts | Tennis Information

LONDON: This yr’s Davis Cup Finals might be staged in three cities with Turin and Innsbruck added as co-hosts with Madrid, the Worldwide Tennis Federation introduced on Monday.
The lads’s workforce occasion may even be performed over 11 days somewhat than seven after adjustments ratified by the ITF Board and companion Kosmos Tennis, the Spanish-based funding agency who’re ploughing $three billion into the game over 25 years.

Every metropolis will host two of the six teams, with Madrid staging two quarter-finals, and Innsbruck and Turin one every. Madrid will host the semi-finals and remaining.
“We’re very excited to convey the Davis Cup Finals to Innsbruck and Turin,” Davis Cup Finals director Albert Costa stated. “Each cities submitted spectacular bids that not solely promise a world class expertise for gamers and followers, but additionally embrace stringent measures to make sure the well being and security of all in attendance.”
The 121-year-old males’s workforce occasion was revamped in 2019 with the normal season-long residence and away ties changed by a soccer World Cup-type format with 18 nations battling for the title in Madrid in November.
Rafa Nadal led Spain to the title however the crammed schedule was difficult for gamers, organisers and followers alike with one tie between the U.S. and Italy ending at 4am.
Final yr’s Davis Cup Finals had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic however the identical 18 nations will contest this yr’s occasion beginning on Nov. 25.
The Madrid venue can be altering with the Madrid Area within the Casa de Campo changing the Caja Magica which staged all 25 ties, every consisting of two singles and a doubles, in 2019.
Turin’s Pala Alpitour Area is a logical selection as it would host the ATP Finals for the primary time the week earlier than. The venue in Innsbruck would be the Olympia-Halle.
A number of different cities expressed curiosity in the course of the 10-week bidding course of however Turin and Innsbruck are each at altitude, as is Madrid, so enjoying situations might be related.
“It was vital to search out two European cities that had been effectively linked to Madrid, with related enjoying situations, to supply a clean transition for gamers travelling from different venues,” former French Open champion Costa stated.
“With affirmation of the three venues, we’re already working laborious to supply the very best occasion in 2021.”
Madrid will host Group A which options Spain, the Russian Tennis Federation and Ecuador and Group B that includes 2019 runners-up Canada, Kazakhstan and Sweden.
Austria might be assured of residence assist of their ties towards Serbia and Germany with Innsbruck staging Group F together with Group C (France, Britain and Czech Rep).
Turin will host Group D (Australia, Croatia, Hungary) and Group E (United States, Italy, Colombia).
The 2019 revamp attracted some criticism from tennis federations who stated followers can be disadvantaged of the house and away ties that create a uniquely partisan environment.
Costa believes that three host cities will supply extra alternatives for followers to cheer on their groups.
“We consider we did an incredible occasion in 2019 however for positive there have been issues to enhance, just like the scheduling and the attendances within the stands,” Costa when the adjustments had been first being thought of earlier this yr.
“With the brand new format and the brand new challenge we have now now I consider we are going to clear up all these issues. Eleven days is healthier for the gamers as a result of you’ll be able to’t play 5 ties in seven days.”
The ITF additionally confirmed that from 2022 the Davis Cup Finals might be lowered to 16 nations and that the multi-city format are a part of the “long-term imaginative and prescient for the competitors.”

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