Big changes are coming for the Davis Cup. Source:AFP
Big changes are coming for the Davis Cup. Source:AFP

ITF plans Davis Cup, Fed Cup shake-up

DAVIS Cup and Fed Cup formats will be significantly revamped after the International Tennis Federation bowed to calls for a more modern structure.

Under the proposed changes approved by the ITF board, but still to be passed by the full ITF membership, Davis Cup singles will be reduced from best of five sets to three-set contests.

Doubles will continue to decided over best of five sets while Davis Cup will retains its three-day format.

The ITF said the dead rubber policy would be amended but did not detail how.

The finalists in both Fed Cup and Davis Cup will be guaranteed the choice of hosting their first-round tie in the following year and hosting costs for national associations will be reduced.

The ITF said bids to host fixed venue finals for Davis Cup and Fed Cup have been received and are being assessed. The board will reconvene later this month to discuss the idea.

The proposed changes, which are certain to be passed, will be voted on by the ITF membership at the annual general meeting in Ho Chi Minh City in August.

ITF President David Haggerty said: "Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas are two of the most iconic team competitions in sport, but there is no doubt change is needed to ensure that we maximise their full potential.

"While still needing AGM approval, we are confident that our national associations will see that to vote for these reforms is to vote for the long-term future of our competitions and our sport."

News Corp Australia


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