After the re-formatting of the team competition, the ITF Board and Kosmos Tennis bring about some new changes, which sees the finals at the end of the year now split across three cities across Europe.
Innsbruck (Olympia-Halle) and Turn (Pala Alpitour Arena) will be the extra venues at this year’s running of the tournament for the Davis Cup Finals, all three are hard curt venues with good transport links and a strong overall infrastructure, and each city will host its own national team at the group stage. The aim is to improve the schedule for players and enhance the experience for fans, bringing the competition to a wider audience.
Group A: Spain, Russian Tennis Federation (RTF), Ecuador
Group B: Canada, Kazakhstan, Sweden
Quarter-finals: Winner Group A v group runner-up; Winner Group B v group runner-up
Semi-finals and final
Olympia-Halle, Innsbruck (AUT)
Group C: France, Great Britain, Czech Republic
Group F: Serbia, Germany, Austria
Quarter-final: Winner Group C v Winner Group F
Pala Alpitour Arena, Turin (ITA)
Group D: Croatia, Australia, Hungary
Group E: USA, Italy, Colombia
Quarter-final: Winner Group D v Winner Group E
The schedule is to be published by the event organisers in the coming weeks.
Albert Costa, director of the Davis Cup Finals said, ”We are very excited to bring the Davis Cup Finals to Innsbruck and Turin. Both cities submitted impressive bids that not only promise a world class experience for players and fans, but also include stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. It was important to find two European cities that were well connected to Madrid, with similar playing conditions, to provide a smooth transition for players travelling from other venues. With confirmation of the three venues, we are already working hard to offer the best possible event in 2021. We are also liaising closely with the Region of Madrid and the City Council as thanks to their support, Madrid remains as the main venue for this year.”
ITF Senior Executive Director, Professional Tennis, Kris Dent said, “The proposals announced in January were aimed at providing a better schedule for players while bringing the competition to new audiences and improving the experience for fans. Following a thorough bid process, we are delighted to be able to confirm Innsbruck and Turin as co-hosts alongside Madrid. We are confident that, together, they will deliver an outstanding world championship event for players and fans alike.”
Ticketing information is being handled by three different email accounts:
The first running of the tournament, held at the Caja Magica – the home of the Mutua Madrid Open, saw very late finishes, and some confusion in how tickets for the later stages were managed, not to mention how fans could remain or come out for the semi-final and final stages.
It also still makes for a very long season for participating players who then might find themselves around a month later having to play another tea competition with the ATP Cup in Australia at the start of the season.
Now potentially fans would have to plan to be in two cities around Europe, should their team make it to the final stages, travelling from either Innsbruck or Turin to Madrid.
The Davis Cup Finals 2021 will take place between 25 November – 5 December.
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