The ever-beautiful Spanish city of Madrid has recently chosen as host for the initial two newly tweaked Davis Cup finals scheduled to hold in 2019 and the following year, according to a statement by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) that was released on last Thursday.
The revamped, 18-team and week-long finals according to the announced schedule will be held at the cavernous La Caja Magica on November 2019, which is, in fact, the present venue for this year’s edition of the one and only Madrid Open. The next edition of the Davis Cup is scheduled to hold either at the same place or the stunning WiZink Center.
The ITF President David Haggerty recently released a statement that commended the fitting location of the tournament in sports-loving Madrid and assured all fans that showed up for matches of seeing the best tennis-focused action and drama of their lives. It said:
“We are delighted to be bringing the 2019 Davis Cup finals to Madrid,”
“The city is a fitting location to stage the highest quality tennis. We look forward to working with the city to realise our ambitions of elevating the Davis Cup to a new level.”
According to the newly rearranged and released format, a group stage will occur across the initial four days, with all the countries participating in the gruelling tournament being divided into six groups, three in each. Every tie will be made up of a couple of singles, as well as a solitary doubles match, with a best-out-of-three format being employed. Qualifying for the quarter-finals will be six of the group winners, as well as two of the best squads that placed second.
All the teams that place a finish of from five to sixteen during the featured group stages get to take part in qualifiers that are scheduled to be held the next year. However, teams that place seventeen and eighteen will, unfortunately, get relegated to their own Zone Groups.
This announcement comes barely 24 hours after both Great Britain and Argentina were given wildcards that enabled them to participate in the finals next year. This canny addition will no doubt serve to convince the British gambling fans to briefly forsake online gambling platforms such as Sparkle Slots Casino and instead show up to cheer their team to smashing glory!
Coincidentally, Gerard Pique, the Barcelona footballer played a role in the choosing of Madrid as Davis Cup hosts. Apparently paving the way for the days when he might not be able to lace on soccer boots anymore, Pique recently founded Kosmos, which is an investment group that has backed the revised competition with cash and other weighty resources. He also has a place on the influential Davis Cup Steering Committee, along with such heavies as ITF Vice President Rene Stammbach, Haggerty and a retired professional tennis player by the name of Galo Blanco.