World Cup of Ten­nis put on hold for at least a year

LONDON — The In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion is putting off its pro­posal for a World Cup of Ten­nis Fi­nals for an­other year.

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The ITF said last month it wanted to com­bine next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup fi­nals into one event to raise the pro­file of the two na­tional team com­pe­ti­tions. But on Thurs­day, the gov­ern­ing body said it would not put the mo­tion to a vote at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing next month in Viet­nam.

Other pro­pos­als, such as re­duc­ing the men’s matches to best- of-three sets and pos­si­bly skip­ping the fi­nal match of the se­ries if it is al­ready de­cided, will still go be­fore mem­ber na­tions for rat­i­fi­ca­tion at the Aug. 4 meet­ing in Ho Chi Minh City.

‘’ We promised change and are al­ready de­liv­er­ing change with a sig­nif­i­cant se­ries of re­forms,’’ ITF Pres­i­dent David Hag­gerty said in a state­ment. ‘’ Tak­ing an­other year to build con­sen­sus around the World Cup of Ten­nis Fi­nals will al­low us to fi­nal­ize an even stronger rec­om­men­da­tion to the AGM.’’

Last month, the ITF said it wanted to start stag­ing the World Cup of Ten­nis in Novem­ber 2018 in Geneva. The Swiss city was to host the event for three years at its 18,000-seat Pal­expo.

The ITF said then that it had made the an­nounce­ment of the host city well in ad­vance in an ef­fort to fol­low the suc­cess­ful model used by the Su­per Bowl and Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

But that has now been put on hold as the gov­ern­ing body tries to sell its idea to its vot­ing mem­bers.

‘’ This de­ci­sion shows that we do not act uni­lat­er­ally,’’ Hag­gerty said, ‘’and are work­ing with all our stake­hold­ers to find the best so­lu­tion for ten­nis.’’

Hag­gerty also an­nounced the cre­ation of a World Cup of Ten­nis Fi­nals task force. Board mem­bers Ka­t­rina Adams and Bernard Gi­u­di­celli have been ap­pointed as co- chairs.

‘’ The World Cup of Ten­nis Fi­nals will un­lock con­sid­er­able new rev­enue for in­vest­ing back into the sport through the ITF’s mem­ber na­tions,’’ Hag­gerty said. ‘’In­vest­ment in the devel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion re­mains the pri­or­ity of the ITF and its na­tional associations.’’ — AP

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