The Spanish Málaga has been chosen as one of the four cities, along with Glasgow (Scotland), Hamburg (Germany) and Bologna (Italy), to host one of the groups of the first phase of the 2022 Davis Cup Finals that They will be held between September 14 and 18, as confirmed on Thursday by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Tennis.
The place chosen in the Costa del Sol capital to host four of the classified teams is the José María Martín Carpena, a pavilion where Unicaja basketball usually plays. The Emirates Arena (Glasgow), the Unipol Arena (Bologna) and the Hamburg-Rothenbaum (Hamburg) will be the other venues that will act as hosts. They will all know the teams that will host the draw that will take place in London on March 31 at 4:00 p.m., Spanish peninsular time.
In addition, the ITF also confirmed that the Finals Steering Committee has chosen Canada to complete the 16 teams that will participate in this final phase. The runner-up in 2019 against Spain had been eliminated in the ‘playoff’ at the beginning of the month by the Netherlands, in a tie where they attended without Denis Shapovalov or Felix Auger-Aliassime, and occupies the gap left as ‘guest’ by Serbia, which it had replaced a Russia, current champion and automatically eliminated as a measure for the invasion of Ukraine.
The Canadian team joins Croatia, Serbia, Great Britain and Spain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the matchup round, which will take place at a yet-to-be-announced venue from November 23-27.
“I would like to congratulate the four winning host cities on the success of their bids. As a key priority of the ITF 2024 strategy, we are very proud of how far Davis Cup has come throughout its rich history. We are committed to the future success of the event while maintaining the traditional elements of what the Men’s Tennis World Cup is, including its unique atmosphere and showcasing the event throughout the year in different cities around the world, bringing it to more audiences,” said David Haggerty , president of the ITF.
For his part, Albert Costa, director of the Finals Tournament, was “delighted to see several countries show their interest in hosting one of the group stage venues.” “This clearly demonstrates the value and success of the competition and what it means to the many countries involved,” he stressed.
“The multi-city format of the group stage in 2021 proved to be a huge success both in terms of enhancing the fan experience and bringing the competition to new audiences. As such, we are confident that this year’s designation in The four different cities will once again delight and provide even more opportunities for players and fans to enjoy the action of the Men’s Tennis World Cup.”