Davis Cup Finals Postponed Until 2021 | ATP Tour

Davis Cup Finals Postponed Until 2021 | ATP Tour

Around 60 players, plus support staff, would have assembled in Budapest for the Finals.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and investment group Kosmos Tennis made the announcement following a three-month review of the logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen since the start of the pandemic.

Kosmos president and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said: "It's a huge disappointment for all of us that the Davis Cup Finals will not be held in 2020".

"The challenges in hosting a mass gathering of this size at an indoor venue are considerable, both in the current and the anticipated climate", the ITF said in a statement. The ITF said hosting the event without fans had not been considered a desirable option. The finals had to be played in April in Budapest, but again they have been postponed to 2021.

Twelve nations - including hosts Hungary, reigning champions France, the United States and Australia - will compete for the title, with the draw remaining the same. 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.

The 2022 competition will return to its normal format from then onwards.

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This year s Davis Cup finals in Madrid, the second instalment of a new-look competition, were due to run November 23-29 while the revamped Fed Cup had been postponed indefinitely after April s finals were called off. The qualified teams for this year will retain their places for the rescheduled events. It will instead begin the week starting November 22, 2021.

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

The global tennis body took the decision days after four leading tennis players, including world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, tested positive for coronavirus.

"We appreciate the trust that the ITF has shown in us during these hard times and we look forward to continuing our partnership over the next year and beyond".

Tennis is one of the sports which are very individualistic in nature.

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