The revolutionary wave that sweeps over the Davis Cup continues. The historic competition for national teams has already witnessed the implementation of a first reform plan in 2019 (the new format more compact geographically and temporally, with the qualifications concentrated in only four locations and the finals in a single location), which has not, however, I received many favorable opinions.
The focal point remains, however, to restore the Davis Cup to the appeal of the past in the eyes of fans and players, who have justified their absences with programmatic reasons relating to their season. The highest representative bodies of tennis wanted to further accommodate these needs and, in this regard, a partnership was announced between ATP, ITF and Kosmos Tennis, which obtain two of the six seats in the new Davis Cup commission, in favor of the famous international event in teams.
The Davis Cup will re-enter the ATP calendar from 2023
The most important news that this agreement will bring concerns the scheduling of Davis Cup matches. From 2023, in fact: "the finals and qualification ties officially enter the ATP Tour calendar, in weeks 5, 37 and 47, with an increase in promotion on the ATP channels," reads the official press release.
All with the aim of helping the players in their annual programming. Specifically, the identified weeks are three: the first after the Australian Open, the second after the US Open and the last which corresponds to the end of November, after the ATP Finals and which corresponds to this year's appointment with the Finals.
in Malaga. Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the ATP, commented with the following words: "Allowing international team competition to fit into the annual calendar and continuous innovation are a vital part of this goal."
At the same time, the statements of David Haggerty, ITF number one arrived: "This press release announces an important new alliance between ITF, Kosmos and ATP that strengthens the importance of team competition and the central role of the Davis Cup in professional men's tennis.
Along with the women's Billie Jean King Cup, this demonstrates the ITF’s full commitment to delivering spectacular tournaments that players love and thrilling battles that fans at the stadium and entire countries love to watch."
In conclusion, here are also the words of the CEO of Kosmos Tennis, Enric Rojas: "It is a very important agreement for all three parties and above all for the players. We look forward to seeing the event grow further in the coming years."