Davis Cup to become part of ATP Tour calendar in 2023

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Davis Cup Final - Group B - Canada v Sweden - Arena Madrid, Madrid, Spain - November 25, 2021

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup Final – Group B – Canada v Sweden – Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain – November 25, 2021 Joint image of the REUTERS/Sergio Perez trophy

The Davis Cup will become part of the ATP Tour calendar from next year under an agreement signed on Monday between men’s tennis governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and tournament organizer Kosmos.

The decisions reflect a growing partnership between the men’s and women’s tours, and the ITF has moved to streamline game management since the COVID crisis disrupted the 2020 season.

ATP, however, indicates no change in ranking scores at Davis Cup. Ranking points were awarded between 2009 and 2015 before it was discontinued.

The ITF said the ratings could be reviewed in the future and the matter was discussed with the ATP. Davis Cup players are selected by the national team captain and are not based on ranking points.

“Our focus is always on creating the best possible experience for our fans and players,” ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement.

“Delivering compelling international team competitions that fit into a year-round calendar and continuing to innovate is an important part of that.

“The Davis Cup has an incredibly rich history and we are pleased to see this important new alliance propelling the event forward from 2023.”

The move follows the announcement last week that the ATP Cup, a joint venture between Tennis Australia and ATP, will be replaced by a $15 million event for both genders featuring teams from 18 countries. will start in the 2023 season.

This year’s Davis Cup Finals has the participation of 16 countries competing in 4 groups in Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia. The knockout round will be held in November in Malaga.

The event, which began in 1900, has evolved from the traditional “home and away” format three years ago after the ITF struck a lucrative deal with the Spanish investment group Kosmos.

The ATP Cup, seen as a rival to that tournament, went on for three years with big prize money and well-known names but failed to draw crowds and struggled with the logistical challenges of life. COVID crisis.

ITF President David Haggerty said the alliance with the ATP would reinforce the importance of team competitiveness and the Davis Cup’s “unique role in men’s professional tennis”.

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