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Madrid will be the site of the new Davis Cup

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MadridUpdated:27/09/2018 05:58h

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) will make it official in the next few hours that Madrid will definitely be the Davis Cup in 2019 and 2020. The Magic Box will be based in exclusive hostel competitions among the best rackets in the world in the coming year. Despite the fact that initially spoke of making available to the tournament also Wizink Center and the pavilions of the Fair of Madrid (Ifema), the only facility in 2019 will be perfectly enabled to host the games will be public and private municipal courts.

The old Palace of the Sports, offered by the Community of Madrid, the organizers of the tournament due to its strategic location and its capacity (capacity for 15,000 spectators in front of the 12.400 of the Magic Box), has been ruled out. There is No time to be able to condition materially the space and install a tennis court, although he will attempt to reform it so that in 2020 hosting the semi finals and finals of the sports event.

The regional Government, which presides over the Angel Garrido, and the City of Madrid, directed by Manuela Carmena, have been rowed by the hand and strong since the beginning of July to bring in Davis to the city, and have succeeded. Each of the administrations will inject € 4.5 million in the citation the next year, more than one million euros which will bring Ifema by way of sponsorship.

Great attraction

Sources of the tournament comment that the figure of Rafa Nadal and the jerk that has the Mutua Madrid Open in the capital have been crucial for the ITF has opted for Spain instead of the French city of Lille (227.560 inhabitants), but have also been attractive to some of the figures that holds the promise of capital: 88 million tv audience in 200 international markets.

The new format of the Davis, who has driven and revolutionized the company of Gerard Pique, Kosmos Tennis, in communion with the ITF’s premiere in Madrid. The renamed World Cup of Tennis will be developed during a week is expected from 18 to 24 November, and will have a final phase with 18 national teams, where each match will be played best-of-three sets instead of five. They will form six groups of three teams. Each duel between two sets will be played in three matches: two singles (instead of four) and a double. The quarterfinals will spend eight teams: the first and the two best seconds of the groups.

As advanced Garrido and Carmena in the first meeting held on the 1st of July to fish for the Davis, it is expected that the appointment with the best players in the world generating an economic impact in the region of 240 million euros. According to a study by the investor group of Pique it is expected the attendance of 275,000 visitors, the most public international: 192.000 foreigners in front of the 83.000 of national origin. Estimated that a ticket of up to 60 million euros and, according to their calculations, the users would spend around 20 million euros in accommodation.

Next moving

The arrival in Madrid of the Tennis World gives more impetus to the town Hall to sweep to the house in the contractual negotiation of the agreement with the Mutua Madrid Open. As already recognized by the general coordinator of the Mayor’s office, Luis Cueto, the past month, the guarantee of having the Davis Cup, allowed to seal an agreement more advantageous to the people of madrid, “with more autonomy and less pressure.”

The society of Pique will invest 3,000 million during the next 25 years in the new World of Tennis. It is not excluded that the Davis move to Indian Wells starting in 2022, as the revamped tournament of football has had a lot of support from Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle and owner of the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells. It is expected that the small city of Lille also receive players later, since the organizers have always considered that it is very prepared for an event of this category.

Joint presentation

In the coming days it is expected that the Community of Madrid and the city Hall organized a joint press conference with the ITFy Kosmos to reel off some of the keys of the appointment tennis in the capital.

Yesterday it became known that the draw of the Davis Cup 2019 for BNP Paribas Qualifiers will be held from 1 to 2 February 2019. It is the only thing that remains of the previous format of the tournament. The twelve winners will compete to win the trophy, joining the four semi-finalists of 2018 –Croatia, France, Spain and the USA– and Argentina and Great Britain, invited.

The crossings will be Brazil-Belgium; Uzbekistan-Serbia; Australia-Bosnia and Herzegovina; India-Italy; Germany-Hungary; Switzerland-Russia; Kazakhstan-Europe/Africa; Czech Republic-the Netherlands; Colombia-Sweden, Austria-Chile; Canada-Europe/Africa, and China-Japan.

The president of the ITF, David Haggerty, said in this regard, according to collected the agencies: “I have no doubt that the playoffs of February will encourage the passion in fans and players, that has always been a feature of the Davis Cup.This will lead to a final that will be a magnificent sporting spectacle of world-class”.

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