ITF statement regarding ATP World Team Cup
1 July 2018
Today’s news that the ATP Board has decided to proceed with the World Team Cup does not change the commitment of the ITF to proceed with a new Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals event in 2019. We do feel that this was an opportunity missed by the ATP to work together with the ITF in a beneficial and positive way for the whole of tennis.
Our plan is transformative. It includes format changes to Davis Cup that were requested by the ATP Player Council in 2016 and it will create a world class finale to the tennis season. The new 18 team Finals event, will result in unprecedented levels of new investment into grassroots tennis world wide as well as record levels of prize money for all competing players.
The continued success of Davis Cup is critical for our sport because the ITF is the only body reinvesting globally into the future development of tennis. It is the ITF, alongside our 210 member nations that develops the pipeline of talent that competes on the men’s and women’s professional tours and that work relies on the investment created by Davis Cup.
Our commitment to providing new opportunities and new funding for nations and players all over the world and to develop tennis for future generations is as strong as ever. We look forward with confidence to the AGM in August 2018, where ITF member nations have the opportunity to vote for the Davis Cup reform’s final approval.