The ITF has announced a new series of proposals for the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. In the plan, the Davis Cup finals will be hosted at a neutral venue selected by a bidding process. Matches will also be best-of-3 sets under the proposal.
The Fed Cup will also see changes. The draw will expand to 16 to match the men’s competition and the semifinals and the finals will be played at a neutral site over a one week period.
“This is an exciting moment in the storied histories of these two much loved competitions,” said ITF president David Haggerty. “We have enjoyed significant fan interest in both competitions over recent years and remain determined to further grow that passion and support globally. The potential changes outlined today will help these unique international team tennis competitions to grow and prosper.
“A key goal for the ITF and member nations is to introduce a 16-team World Group in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas to ensure more nations from around the world have the opportunity each year to become world champions. The introduction of a final four will allow us not only to deliver this vital format change but also to create an even more outstanding year-end conclusion to the competition.”
If passed, changes could be in place as early as 2018.
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