ITF president David Haggerty insists the new Davis Cup format has the backing of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The Davis Cup Finals held its inaugural edition in 2019 but it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The Davis Cup Finals returned this year as Russia made it all the way. “The players we have spoken to enjoyed the experience of the new Finals and have said they look forward to future editions,” Haggerty said, per ABC News.
“As you have heard recent comments from Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Marin Cilic and Daniil Medvedev have shown that our vision for the competition is shared by the leading players”.
Djokovic suggested at the Davis Cup Finals that adding more host cities could help the competition.
"That’s one of the main ingredients,” Haggerty said. “We’ll be leaving behind a legacy in all four cities that have the group stage as well as the preferred city that will have the Finals. There are many outstanding reasons that we believe this preferred host is where we will go.
In due course, we’ll make an announcement”. There will be four host cities at the Davis Cup Finals next year. "We are constantly thinking of how to improve, adjust for the future and looking to the edition of 2022,” Kosmos CEO Enric Rojas said.
"We are going to try again to do another adjustment, a bit of an evolution, for having four different cities hosting the group stage, and then going to a neutral city for playing the final part of the competition. "We think that with that small adjustment and evolution we are going to have even more fan engagement and more people in the arenas because of having four cities with extra home interest," he said.
"It’s going to give us, in our view, the final piece of becoming a real successful event and the real World Cup of Tennis”.