Tennis tournaments, including Davis Cup and Fed Cup have been postponed amid coronavirus pandemic.
Men’s Davis Cup final was scheduled to take place in Madrid in November, however it has been postponed due to the unprecedented circumstances and compilations that have risen out of coronavirus pandemic. The Finals will now take place in Madrid in the week commencing 22 November 2021.
The event was due to host more than 90 athletes and world’s best 18 national teams with thousands of fans, officials, staff, partners and other stakeholders travelling from countries across the world.
Furthermore, ITF Board has announced that the 24 home-and-away World Group I and World Group II ties involving 48 national teams due to be played in September this year will be postponed until 2021, with ties to be played in either March or September. The 2020 regional Group III and IV events, in which 76 national teams are entered, are also postponed until 2021. The ITF will work with the hosts of these ties and events in order to ensure a safe environment in which they can be played next year.
Expressing his views on the development, International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty said, “This is a tough decision to have to make, but delivering an international team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk.”
In addition to it, women’s Fed Cup which was due to take place in April this year been rescheduled for 13-18 April 2021. The Finals will be played on indoor clay courts at the Laszlo Papp Arena in Budapest, Hungary.
The 2020 Fed Cup Play-offs, which were also due to take place in April 2020, will now be played on 5-6 February 2021, whereas the four outstanding 2020 regional events that were due to be played in 2020 (two events in Americas Group II, one event in Asia/Oceania Group II, and the Europe/Africa Group III event) will now be played in 2021.