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ITF members approve major overhaul of Davis Cup

Member nations of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have voted in favour of a major reform package for the Davis Cup, with Lille or Madrid to host the first final of the revamped men’s national team event.

ITF members yesterday (Thursday) voted in favour of the project launched in association with investment group Kosmos at the federation’s annual general meeting in Orlando, Florida. Requiring a two-thirds majority to be approved, the plan gained 71.43 per cent of the vote. From 2019, the competition will see 18 nations and the world’s best players compete in a week-long season finale to be crowned Davis Cup champions. The first edition of the new event will be held in Madrid or Lille from November 18-24, with the inaugural host city to be announced in the coming weeks.

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