Davis Cup Finals 2020 cancelled; postponed to 2021

andrewhendrie in News 28 Jun 2020
Davis Cup Finals Cancelled
The 2020 Davis Cup Finals have been cancelled (Photo by Manu Reino / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

The 2020 Davis Cup Finals have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers announced the Davis Cup Finals for this season would be postponed to 2021 following a three-month review of the ‘considerable logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and all potential hosting scenarios with the health and safety of all involved of paramount importance.’

The 2020 Davis Cup Finals will now be staged from November 22, 2021 in Madrid. The 18 nations that qualified for the 2020 competition will compete at the rescheduled Finals in 2021.

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It’s only the 13th time since 1900 that the Davis Cup will not be held in its entirety. Over the last 120 years, the only occasions the Davis Cup was cancelled were in 1901, 1910, 1915-18 due to World War I and 1940-45 due to World War II.

ITF President David Haggerty said the risk of staging the Davis Cup Finals as originally scheduled was too great.

“This is a tough decision to have to make, but delivering an international team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk,” Haggerty said in a statement. “It is a complex undertaking and we have made the decision now to provide certainty for players, National Associations and fans.

“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kosmos Tennis in order to deliver a fantastic competition next year.”

However, in an intriguing twist, it’s since been revealed by L’Equipe that the Davis Cup Finals may have been cancelled due to financial concerns – and not the threat of COVID-19.

Baring in mind that the ATP and WTA plan to hold a Masters 1000 and Premier Mandatory tournament in Madrid during the week of September 13, L’Equipe report that Kosmos Group – the mysterious investment company founded by football player Gerard Pique who now run the Davis Cup – lost €50 million from the 2019 competition and will save around €18M by cancelling the 2019 edition.

The 2019 Davis Cup Finals were criticised for a lack of crowds in ties not featuring the host nation of Spain, while players were often forced to play until 2.00am and 3.00am due to woeful scheduling.

The 2020 cancellation means Spain will reign as Davis Cup champions for another year after defeating Canada in the 2019 final.