Billie Jean King Cup Finals: Knockout format replaces group stage-ZoomTech News

The Billie Jean King Cup Finals will change to a knockout format this yr, with the ultimate happening in Seville on 20 November.

An prolonged nine-day occasion will overlap briefly with the lads’s Davis Cup Closing 8, which begins in Malaga on the eve of the Billie Jean King Cup remaining.

The Worldwide Tennis Federation (ITF) says the goal of revamping the ladies’s occasion is to “maximise the visibility” and to create a “fortnight of World Cup tennis” in Andalucia.

Nice Britain qualified for the Billie Jean King Cup Finals by beating France in Le Portel in April. Canada are the defending champions and Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka may compete for Poland, the USA and Japan respectively.

The eight-team line-up for the Davis Cup showpiece is not going to be confirmed till September. Nice Britain will face opposition from Canada, Argentina and Finland after they attempt to qualify in Manchester.

The Billie Jean King Cup Finals have been beforehand performed over six days, with the 12 groups break up into 4 teams and the winners contesting the semi-finals.

With this yr’s modifications, 4 groups will obtain a bye to the final eight whereas the opposite eight nations compete for a spot within the quarter-finals.

The Seville occasion will start on Tuesday, 12 November, three days after the conclusion of the WTA Finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

It will give gamers time to journey and acclimatise to the situations in southern Spain. World primary Swiatek opted out of the 2022 and 2023 Billie Jean King Cup Finals because the schedule allowed her no time to arrange following WTA Finals staged in Texas and Mexico.

The primary six days of the ladies’s group occasion will conflict with the lads’s ATP Finals in Turin, however the ITF will hope its midweek semi-finals and remaining are watched by a big viewers.

The draw for the new-look Billie Jean King Cup Finals will happen on 30 April.

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