Davis Cup and Fed Cup: Bidding set to be opened up to cities for finals

Great Britain's Andy Murray with the Davis Cup

Great Britain’s Andy Murray attending the Davis Cup Trophy Tour at Stirling University on Monday

Cities will bid to stage the finals of the Davis and Fed Cups as part of a revamp of the team tennis competitions.

The Davis Cup final may also be reduced from three to two days, with matches shortened to best-of-three sets, under proposals from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The Fed Cup world group could double to 16 teams to match the men’s event.

“This is part of our mission to make the appeal of tennis broad and wide,” said ITF president David Haggerty.

The Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals are currently held in a city selected by one of the finalists, based on the draw.

“By having a full year or two to plan we can do more for sponsors and fans with a stadium that’s an appropriate size,” said Haggerty, who envisages the winning bid staging both finals for two to three years.

A bidding process for national associations and cities interested in hosting the finals will begin in December 2016 with the decision on successful bids expected to be made in the summer of 2017.

The other Davis and Fed Cup proposals must be approved by the ITF’s annual general meeting next year, with the changes potentially introduced in 2018.

Under discussion will be a plan to have a “final four” format for the women’s Fed Cup competition with the semi-finals and final held in the same week.

In the Davis Cup, Argentina will travel to Croatia for this year’s final in November, having beaten defending champions Great Britain last weekend.

One match took five hours and seven minutes as Argentine Juan Martin del Potro defeated Andy Murray in five sets.

Great Britain, whose 2015 Davis Cup triumph was their first in 79 years, will find out in Thursday’s draw which nation they will face in the 2017 first round in February.

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