COVID-19 claimed another big event on Friday, with organisers announcing cancellation of the Davis Cup finals next November in Madrid.
Officials from the management company which has entered into a 25-year- deal with the ITF and has guaranteed the federation a few billions in profits over the next quarter-century had no choice but to pull the plug.
Spain won last autumn’s edition of the controversial makeover for the classic competition, which began well over a century ago. Crowds for nations apart form the hosts were minimal as the new version did away with the popular home-and-away format for ties.
With no other option available organisers tried to save face by calling the wipeout a “postponement.”
Should it survive the current tennis crisis, the competition will be set for November, 2021.
“It’s a huge disappointment for all of us that the Davis Cup Finals will not be held in 2020,” an official said.
“We don’t know how the situation will develop in each qualified nation, or if restrictions in Spain will remain sufficiently eased, as such it is impossible to predict the situation in November and guarantee the safety of those travelling to Madrid.”
The competition was to have comprised 18 nations competing during a one-week shootout in the Spanish capital.
Cancellation followed that of the women’s Fed Cup final, which had been scheduled for last April.