Davis Cup changed its schedule.
Last year 16 teams convened in four cities to play the group stage the first. Then two best teams of each group played in the knock-out phase [quarterfinals, semifinals, finals]. The event was held from November 25 till December 5 and closed the men’s tennis season.
New schedule of Davis Cup Finals
This year (and presumably the following years as well) the schedule will be different.
The qualifying matches [click here for teams pairing in qualifying] took place on March 4 and March 5, as planned. However, the Davis Cup Finals will be played in two parts.
The group stage of Davis Cup Finals
Sixteen teams qualified for the group stage will be divided into four groups (each group will be played in a different city). The group stage will be played in mid-September, from 14 to 18.
The best two teams of each group will qualify for the knock-out stage of the Davis Cup Finals.
The host cities will be Hamburg, Bologna, Glasgow, Valencia.
The draw of the group stage took place on March 31.
Group A [Bologna]: Croatia, Italy, Argentina, Sweden
Group B [Valencia]: Spain, Canada, Serbia, Korea
Group C [Hamburg]: France, Germany, Belgium, Australia
Group D [Glasgow]: United States, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Netherlands
The knock-out stage of the Davis Cup Finals
The final knock-out phase [quarterfinals, semifinals, finals] will be played at Malaga from November 23 till November 27.
The change was made at the players’ request, as the original scheduling prolonged the season till December. That took a week from the rest period of the best players.
New scheduling leaves December as the “rest” month for all players. The days in the week after the US Open were already reserved for Davis Cup when the calendar for the 2022 season was released.