Fed Cup Final Rescheduled for April, 2021

Tanya Simon
June 28, 2020

The Davis Cup men's competition was supposed to have qualifying matches for future finals this September and the 2020 finals in November. We don't know how the situation will develop in each qualified nation, or if restrictions in Spain will remain sufficiently eased, as such it is impossible to predict the situation in November and guarantee the safety of those travelling to Madrid. The event has been revamped to create a week-long 12-nation showdown boasting an $18 million prize fund, a similar amount to the Davis Cup. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Holding and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. It has now confirmed that the Fed Cup finals will take place a year later than intended, between April 13 and 18, 2021, with the 12 teams who qualified for the 2020 event retaining their places.

ITF President David Haggerty added: "This is a tough decision to have to make, but delivering an worldwide team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk".

"In these extraordinary times, we believe that the best way forward in order both to protect the health and safety of all involved and to best respect the integrity of the competition is to extend this year's Fed Cup into 2021, with the event returning to an annual basis the following year". There were already rumors that the Davis Cup was struggling to find its place this year with n overall lack of interest from the fans. The Finals will be played on indoor clay courts at the Laszlo Papp Arena In Budapest, Hungary. "It is a complex undertaking and we have made the decision now to provide certainty for players, National Associations and fans".

The draw for the Play-off ties will remain the same.

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The women's WTA Tour is scheduled to resume in Palermo, Italy on August 3 but the ITF said the ongoing challenges caused by the pandemic have forced them to delay for a year. "The 2020 regional Group III and IV events, in which 76 national teams are entered, are also postponed until 2021", the statement added.

All worldwide tennis has been suspended since April, with only a few exhibition events able to take place.

"We would like to thank our partners, the Hungarian Government, for their hard work and continued commitment to the competition".

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