London [UK]March 14 (ANI): On Monday, the board of the International Tennis Federation confirmed the process of replacing the Russian and Belarusian teams during the 2022 Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup seasons.
This follows the suspension of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) and the Belarusian Tennis Federation (BTF) from ITF membership and from participation in the ITF’s international team competitions on March 1, 2022.
As champions in 2021, the RTF team had automatically qualified for the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup final. The ITF Board has confirmed that RTF’s position in the final will go to the highest ranked losing semi-finalist 2021, Australia.
Consequently, Australia will not compete in the qualifiers on April 15-16, 2022. Their opponent, Slovakia, will have a goodbye and go straight to the 2022 final.
Belarus would compete in the qualifiers on April 15-16, 2022. Their opponent, Belgium, will get a walkover and go straight to the final in 2022.
Australia, Slovakia and Belgium will join the 2021 runners-up in Switzerland in the 2022 final along with the winning nations from the remaining seven qualifiers in April and the host nation (to be announced).
As the 2021 champion, the RTF team had also automatically qualified for the Davis Cup final in 2022. The ITF board has confirmed that RTF’s position in the final will go to the highest ranked losing semifinalist in 2021, Serbia.
Since Serbia had been awarded a wild card for the 2022 final, the Davis Cup Finals Steering Committee will announce a wild card replacement nation (selected from the 12 losing nations from the 2022 qualifier, played 4-5 March 2022) within a reasonable time. course.
The wild card team will compete alongside the 2021 finalists Croatia, the 2021 semifinalists Serbia, the wild card UK and the 12 nations that recorded victories in the 2022 qualifiers (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, the Netherlands). , Spain, Sweden and USA) at the Davis Cup final 2022.
The group stage of the finals will take place in four cities in September before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals are held in a fifth city in November. These places will be announced in due course.
To ensure that the right number of teams will compete in both World Group I and World Group II in September, the highest ranked losing nation from the World Group I finals (Uzbekistan) will compete in World Group I; and the two highest ranked losing nations from the World Group II playoffs (China, PR and Thailand) will compete in World Group II. (ANI)