The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Friday announced the 2020 Davis Cup finals has been further postponed until 2021 amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Davis Cup finals were due to take place in Madrid at the end of November this year but were postponed by a year, however, the location of the tournament remains same and will commence from November 22, 2021.
"The decision to postpone the event comes 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 ITF statement said.
“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.
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,” David Haggerty, ITF President, said.
The ITF Board said that the 24 home-and-away World Group I and World Group II ties involving 48 national teams due to be played in September this year will be postponed until 2021, with ties to be played in either March or September.
The 2020 regional Group III and IV events, in which 76 national teams are entered, are also postponed until 2021. The ITF will work with the hosts of these ties and events in order to ensure a safe environment in which they can be played next year.