How will the new competition work?
The new Davis Cup finals will take place over the course of one week. The finals will feature 18 teams - 12 qualifiers, the previous year’s four semi-finalists and two wild cards.
The 18 teams will compete in a group stage of six groups of three teams. The six group winners plus the two second-best teams with the best records based on sets won or games won will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The Davis Cup champions will be crowned after the completion of the knockout phase.
The two teams with the worst record after the group stage phase of the finals will be relegated to Zone Group action the following year. The 12 teams that finish in 5th to 16th position will compete in the qualifiers the following year.
How do nations qualify for the finals?
Twenty-four- teams will compete in the Davis Cup Qualifiers in February, with the ties being played under the home and away format. The 12 winning nations will advance to the finals where they will be joined by the four semi-finalist nations from the previous year’s finals as well as two wild cards. The 12 losing nations will compete in Zone Group action.
Which nations are playing in the 2019 Qualifiers?
Twelve Qualifier ties will be played on 1-2 February 2019. Qualifier ties consist of four singles rubbers and one doubles rubber with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles rubbers will be played on Friday 1 February, with the doubles followed by the two reverse singles rubbers on Saturday 2 February.
The draw is as follows:
Brazil (c) v Belgium (s)
Uzbekistan (c) v Serbia (s)
Australia (s) (c) (*) v Bosnia/Herzegovina
India (c) v Italy (s)
Germany (s) (c) v Hungary
Switzerland (s) (c) v Russia
Kazakhstan (s) (c) (*) v Portugal
Czech Republic (s) (c) v Netherlands
Colombia (c) (*) v Sweden (s)
Austria (s) (c) v Chile
Slovakia (c) v Canada (s)
China, P.R. (c) v Japan (s)
(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot
How will the wild card nations be decided?
Two wild cards will be selected during the week of the finals event by the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will be made up of two ITF representatives, one organiser representative and one past player. A nation receiving a wild card must have a Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 50 or better or one or more players with a Top 10 ATP World Ranking. For 2019, the wild cards were decided ahead of the Finals Qualifier Draw.
When will the wild card nations be announced?
Argentina and Great Britain have been announced as wild cards for the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals.
Will a tie still be best-of-five rubbers?
Ties contested at the finals will consist of two singles matches and one doubles match, all played on one day. Ties contested in the Qualifiers and in Groups I and II will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, played over two days. There will be no changes to the format in Groups III and IV.
Will matches still be best-of-five sets?
Singles matches at all levels of the competition will be best-of-three tiebreak sets. Doubles matches at all levels of the competition will be best-of-three tiebreak sets with regular ad scoring.
What will happen in the other Davis Cup weeks?
The Qualifiers for the finals will take place in February with 12 home and away ties to determine which nations make it through to the finals. April and September will see Davis Cup action taking place in Groups I, II, III and IV.
Will there still be home and away matches?
Yes. The 24-team Qualifiers that will take place in February will be played as home and away and the playing format remains unchanged with ties in Groups I and II being home and away and ties in Zone Groups III and IV being round-robin.
When will the new format come in to effect?
The new format will come into effect in 2019.
Where will the finals be held?
The ITF and Kosmos Tennis announced that the Davis Cup Steering Committee selected Madrid as the host city to stage the first two editions of the newly-transformed Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals in 2019 and 2020.
The 2019 event will take place at the iconic La Caja Mágica, located in Madrid’s Parque Lineal del Manzanares. La Caja Mágica and the WiZink Center are both under consideration to stage the event in 2020.
Which surface will matches be played on?
The 2019 and 2020 Davis Cup final event will be played on hard court.
When is the draw for the finals?
The draw for the finals will take place at least five months before the finals event. The draw for the finals will determine the composition of the six groups as well as progression through the knockout stages.
Will there be seeding?
In the finals, six nations will be seeded. Seeds 1 and 2 will be the finalist nations from the previous year and seeds 3-6 will be determined by the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking at the time of the draw. The remaining nations will be ranked from 7-18 according to the Davis Cup Nations Ranking with the teams ranked 7-12 being placed in the second spot in Groups A-F and teams ranked 13-18 being drawn into the third spot in Groups A-F.
When is the draw for the Qualifiers?
The draw for the 2019 Qualifiers took place on the 26 September 2018. The draw for future Qualifiers will take place after the completion of the final event.
When will players be confirmed?
Teams must be confirmed 10 days before the start of the event. Nations will be allowed to nominate up to five players.
When will tickets go on sale?
Information on tickets, prices and on sale dates will be available shortly on this website.
How many sessions of play will there be?
There will be two sessions of play for the round-robin round, with final details on the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and finals day to be finalised.
How many courts will play be on?
There will be three show courts.
How does the new Davis Cup Nations Ranking system work?
The ITF will introduce a new Davis Cup Nations Ranking system in order to ensure it reflects the new Davis Cup format. Once the new system has been approved details will be distributed to the nations and information will be published on DavisCup.com.
Will Davis Cup still be an annual event?
Yes. The ITF’s long-term vision is to elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas through the creation of the annual season-ending finale.
How will hosts of future finals be decided?
Madrid is the host city to stage the first two finals in 2019 and 2020. Details on future hosts will follow.
What will happen to Zone Groups I and II?
Groups I and II will be divided into six Europe/Africa ties, three Americas ties and three Asia/Oceania ties. All Group I ties will be played in September, while nations in Group II will have the choice to contest their ties in April or September.
The format will remain unchanged from the trials that were introduced in 2018, with ties being made up of four singles matches and one doubles match contested over the space of two days. The only difference in 2019 and beyond is that there will just be one round of competition in Groups I and II.
The 12 Group I winners will advance to the following year’s Qualifiers, while the 12 Group I losers will contest Zone Group action the following year.
What will the prize money be?
A $20M player prize fund will go directly to players competing in the Davis Cup finals via their National Associations.
Are teams still competing for the Davis Cup trophy?
Yes. The ITF is justifiably proud of Davis Cup’s 118-year history. During that time Davis Cup has undergone many changes, including the abolition of the Challenge Round and the creation of the World Group. The winners of the new Davis Cup finals event will have their names added to the iconic Davis Cup trophy each and every year.
Why are you changing the format of Davis Cup?
The ITF’s long-term vision is to elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas through the creation of a major new annual season-ending finale, which will generate transformative levels of revenue for global tennis development.
Hosted in a world class European location, the Davis Cup finals will be a festival of tennis and entertainment that will secure the competition’s long-term status, enhance player participation, increase the worldwide audience and unlock record levels of investment for grassroots tennis.
The ITF’s core mission is to develop, promote and grow tennis around the world and the Davis Cup Finals will make a significant contribution to helping us do just that. The ITF and its National Associations are the only organisations who invest in the development of tennis and we are committed to maximising our competitions’ full potential to increase revenues for reinvestment.
Will there be changes to the Fed Cup?
The ITF’s commitment to enhancing the Fed Cup has not changed. It is still a priority for the ITF to increase the size of the Fed Cup World Group to 16 nations in 2020 either through a similar one venue event or through the introduction of a Fed Cup Final 4 event. As a result of the changes to Davis Cup, the ITF will also be doubling the prize money in Fed Cup.