New direction for team events

PARIS — The Davis Cup and Fed Cup will be revamped with neutral venues planned for the finals and the current best-of-five sets format for men possibly ditched, organisers said. International Tennis Federation (ITF) also said the Fed Cup women’s tournament could move to a 16-team World Group to bring it into line with the Davis Cup. Both tournaments have traditionally staged their season climaxes on the home ground of one of the finalists but ITF said they will launch “an open bid process to assess fixed host cities … a model used by events including the Uefa Champions League Final, Superbowl and European Rugby Champions Cup” “This is an exciting moment in the storied histories of these two much-loved competitions,” said ITF president David Haggerty. — AFP

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