Britain in line to host one of the Davis Cup finals groups next year after being given a wildcard into the event along with Serbia… with Abu Dhabi also set to stage matches in 2022
- Britain is set to host one of the four Davis Cup finals groups next calendar year
- Leon Smith’s Britain and Serbia have been given two free passes to the last 16
- The Lawn Tennis Association tried to push Glasgow as a host city for the event
- The closing stages of the event are expected to switch to the lucrative Abu Dhabi
Britain is in line to host one of the four groups in the Davis Cup finals next year after being given a wildcard straight into the 16-team event in 2022.
GB and Serbia have been given the two free passes to the last 16, with the closing stages of the event expected to switch to lucrative Abu Dhabi.
The Lawn Tennis Association tried to push Glasgow as a host city for this year’s event, but it was overlooked because it is not at the same altitude as Madrid, where Sunday night’s final was played.
Britain is in line to host one of the four groups in the Davis Cup finals(above) next year
Leon Smith’s (right) British team have been given a wildcard into the 16-team event in 2022
They are likely to bid again now that Leon Smith’s team have been excused from March’s qualifying round and are guaranteed a slot in one of the groups.
GB lost in the quarter-finals this year, but have become one of the most consistent nations in the ‘World Cup of Tennis’.
At a rather unconvincing press conference before Sunday’s final Dave Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, declined to confirm Abu Dhabi as the neutral host of the finals.
The Emirate has no tennis players to speak of but the staging fee they are prepared to stump up is likely to be persuasive, despite the seven-hour flight there for the eight teams who emerge from the group stages.
The Russian Tennis Federation completed a trophy double as Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev secured Davis Cup victory over Croatia in the final in Madrid — a month after the Russian women claimed the prize at the Billie Jean King Cup finals.
International Tennis Federation’s Dave Haggerty (left) did not say if Abu Dhabi are also hosts