April’s Fed Cup Finals in Budapest were postponed on Wednesday, with pressure seeming to mount on the fast-approaching Miami Masters to finally throw in the towel.
The International Tennis Federation confirmed that the finals will not be staged; the event has been controversially restyled to fit the template developed for the Davis Cup Finals last November in Madrid, which played to limited success.
The Budapest event was to have featured 12 teams including eight qualifying nations, the 2019 champions and runner-up, a wild card nation and the hosts.
The entry reads like a who’s who of COVID19-virus affected nations including France (holder), Spain, Germany and Switzerland, among others.
The finals had originally been set for April 14-19 in the capital city; but authorities have banned public gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
“After careful consideration and close discussion with the ITF Board, the Local Organising Committee… it is with regret that the ITF has announced the postponement of the Fed Cup Finals,” the ITF said in a statement.
“We are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators,” ITF boss David Haggerty said.
“This decision has not been made lightly.”
Fed Cup playoff rounds April 17-18 in eight different locations were also canned. No new dates for any of the competitions we forthcoming.