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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos, the organizer of the Davis Cup Finals, unveiled their plans for the 2022 edition on Sunday at a press conference hosted by ITF President David Haggerty and Kosmos CEO Enric Rojas. Next season, the group stage of the competition, which will feature 16 countries, will be played in four venues and the crossovers, from the quarterfinals, will take place in a neutral city. The tournament will last 12 days, one more than this course. “Thus, with this small adjustment, this evolution, we will have more involvement from the fans and more public in the pavilions, because there will be an extra interest with the local teams,” explained Rojas

That place could be Abu Dhabi, although the official decision will be announced “in the coming weeks,” according to Rojas, who also clarified that the selection process for the initial venues will begin on December 15 and will be announced in mid-March. . The idea is that “the altitude and the conditions are the same in the four venues of the group stage and in the neutral one”, which would rule out the possibility that Madrid, which is 820 meters above sea level, repeats, since the altitude of Abu Dhabi is only 27.

Reserve cities

There will be other reserve sites in the event that any of the nations they are chosen from does not qualify for the Finals. The agreements with the cities, in principle, will be signed for several years. “There is a preferred option that we are negotiating, although there is nothing signed and it is being discussed”, said Rojas, who clarified that they have spoken with all the parties involved and with the players to choose the best format.

As has happened this year, there will be a minimum margin of two days for the teams classified for the knock outs they move from the headquarters of their respective groups to the neutral and adapt to the place where it will be decided who is the champion. All qualifiers will be played indoors.

“The vision we set for ourselves in 2018 was to create a true tennis world cup and we should be proud of what we have achieved. along with the first two editions of the Davis Cup Finals. A five-city model will provide the necessary scheduling flexibility, allow even more fans to enjoy the unique Davis Cup experience and ensure the economic and commercial sustainability of the competition, “said Haggerty.

“We have shown that the multi-site format has performed very well this year and, as anticipated, we have had very good attendance figures both in Madrid and in Turin. More than 105,000 spectators have visited the event in Madrid and Turin, and we also sold more than 15,000 tickets in Innsbruck before closing in Austria. We are convinced that the format we propose for 2022 will make the competition even more visible and reach more fans around the world “, concluded Rojas.