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ITF Announce Davis Cup and Fed Cup Revamp

The International Tennis Federation, ITF has announced several adjustments to the formats of the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup, as the tennis governing body looks to increase the global appeal of the sport.

Other cities will now bid to stage the finals of both team competitions, following the model employed by football’s UEFA Champions League final, the Super Bowl in American Football, and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

The Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals are currently hosted by one of the finalists, depending on the draw.

The bidding process for interested national associations and cities will begin in December 2016, with a decision on the winning bid expected to be made in the summer of 2017.

The ITF also put up proposals that will see Davis Cup final reduced from three to two days, while matches may also be shortened to the best-of-three sets.

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

The proposals will be discussed during the ITF Annual General Meeting in August 2017, with all changes requiring a formal vote of approval.

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