The International Tennis Federation and Kosmos Tennis have announced an important change in the Davis Cup Finals structure ahead of the second edition between November 25 - December 5. In 2019, Madrid hosted the Davis Cup Finals alone in Caja Magica, and that will not be the case at the end of the current season, with Innsbruck and Turin joining the party.
Madrid Arena (it staged the Madrid Masters between 2002-2008) replaces Caja Magica as the Davis Cup Finals venue, welcoming Groups A and B to provide two semi-finalists. The best teams from Innsbruck and Turin will travel to Madrid to complete the semi-final line-up, with the crucial matches in the Spanish capital.
Spain, Russia and Ecuador are in Group A, followed by Canada, Kazakhstan and Sweden in Group B. Spain and Canada played in the final two years ago, with the host nation winning both singles rubbers to celebrate the crown. Innsbruck will host France, Great Britain and the Czech Republic in Group C and Serbia, Germany and Austria in Group F, with the winners of both groups playing for the semi-final spot and Madrid ticket.
In Turin, Croatia, Australia, Hungary will battle in Group D, while USA, Italy, Colombia forge Group E. Group winners will play in the quarters, with the winner earning the Madrid berth.
Three cities will host the Davis Cup Finals this year.
"We are very excited to bring the Davis Cup Finals to Innsbruck and Turin.
Both cities submitted impressive bids that promise a world-class experience for players and fans and include stringent measures to ensure the health and safety of all in attendance. It was important to find two European cities well connected to Madrid, with similar playing conditions and a smooth transition for players traveling from other venues.
With the three venues' confirmation, we are already working hard to offer the best possible event in 2021," Albert Costa, director of the Davis Cup Finals said. The proposals announced in January aimed to provide a better schedule for players while bringing the competition to new audiences and improving the experience for fans.
Following a thorough bid process, we are delighted to confirm Innsbruck and Turin as co-hosts alongside Madrid. We are confident that, together, they will deliver an outstanding world championship event for players and fans alike," ITF Senior Executive Director, Professional Tennis, Kris Dent said.