Spain was unable to defend the Davis Cup title in 2020 as a result of the pandemic when the tournament was canceled. However, both the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos have not stopped working during this period of time to try to improve the maximum competition by countries. Always counting on the support of both the City Council and the Community of Madrid. This Monday they have announced two very significant improvements for the first final phase of the Caja Magica de Madrid. The contest runs from seven to 11 days, starting on November 25 until December 5.
This avoids an agglomeration of qualifying rounds that cause endless sessions. The first weekend there will be a double shift in the morning and afternoon and then a single session. In the same way, Madrid will be the main headquarters but not the only one. The capital of Spain will be the host base and where the semifinals and final will be played. But part of the group stage and two of the rooms will have two other venues that will come out of the proposals that Kosmos receives in a period that will close in March. Those selected will always be cities from one of the classified countries.
The teams that play any of the two quarter-series outside of Madrid will have at least two days of rest and adaptation to the new conditions. The tracks will be the same, manufactured by Greenest, with Javier Sanchez Vicario at the top. It is going to try that the two other venues have a height similar to the one in Madrid says
Albert Costa, director of the Davis Cup Finals. Kris Dent, executive director of professional tennis at the International Tennis Federation, highlights the fact of the four days of margin that players who are contesting the Master’s Cup in Turin will have: Our idea is that the tournament is better for the teams and the fans. Separating ourselves on Masters dates is a big step. We take good note of what happened in 2019 where Medvedev, although he wanted to, could not participate because he was exhausted from the whole season.
Dent elaborates on this point and remarks that it is also favorable for the ATP because the tennis players who participate in the master’s tournament will not have to think about the fatigue that the tournament can cause them thinking that the Davis Cup will come later. The idea of having more countries involved in the organization comes to globalize the competition as much as possible as well as facilitate the presence of fans of more national teams. Another improvement that is being prepared for 2022 is to reduce the list of countries.
It will go from 18 to 16. That will affect the format. It will be much easier for the fans to understand who goes to the quarterfinals says ITF executive Dent. There will be four groups of four and the first two will access the penultimate round. This modification will cause that in the final phase of this season only the finalists have a guaranteed ticket for the next edition, in addition to the two invitations that the organization reserves. The teams classified from third to eighteenth place must be classified.10 months have passed, but it should be remembered that on March 12, 2020, the six groups that will make up the final phase were already drawn. Spain, the current champion, is in the A along with Russia and Ecuador.