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Draw for Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers 2020 To Take Place on Sunday 24 November at 12:00 CET

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Kosmos Tennis have announced that the draw for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers 2020 will take place at La Caja Magica in Madrid at 12:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Sunday 24 November. The Davis Cup final will begin just a few hours later at 16:00 local time (15:00 GMT).

The draw will be livestreamed on the Davis Cup website, Davis Cup Facebook and Davis Cup Twitter.

The Qualifiers next year will be played in 12 cities around the world on 6-7 March 2020. The 2020 World Group I and World Group II Play-offs will also take place on 6-7 March, making a total of 36 Davis Cup ties played in 36 cities on those dates.

Twenty-six teams will be eligible to compete in the Qualifiers next year – the 14 teams finishing in 5th-18th place at this week’s Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 plus the 12 teams that won the 2019 Group I ties in September.

Two wild cards for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2020 will be selected by the from these 26 nations, with the remaining 24 nations contesting the Qualifiers next year. Wild cards are selected by a steering committee consisting of two ITF representatives, one representative of Kosmos Tennis, and one former player.

La Caja Mágica

The wild cards for the Finals next year will be announced prior to the draw and the two wild card nations will join the four semi-finalists from 2019 in next year’s Finals on 23-29 November 2020.

The 2019 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals on 18-24 November will provide a thrilling conclusion to this year’s Davis Cup season with the top 18 teams battling it out to be crowned world champions. Tickets are available on the Davis Cup Finals website.

Abuja J5 ITF Tennis: Philips Whitewashes Gaddafi, Ekpeyong Crashes Out

Abayomi Philips began his second leg campaign at the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja on a brilliant note, as he thrashed Gaddafi Yakubu 6-0, 6-1 to move into the second round.

The top seed Nigerian, who claimed his sole ITF Junior title of the season in Accra, Ghana, in August, will continue his push for a second title, when he takes on David John, who produced a fine performance to beat Britain’s Abdulraheem Isa 6-2, 6-4 on Court 4 of the National Tennis Centre.

Elsewhere, last week’s boys singles runner-up, Musa Mohammed, claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over Joseph Peter to set up a meeting with Elisha Olowogbile, a 3-6, 6-4, 2-0 (rtd) winner over Michael Emmanuel.

Michael Osewa prevailed 6-2, 3-0 (rtd) over Mustapha Kabir, who retired due to injury midway through the second set, while Gabriel Friday secured a tight 7-6(4), 7-5 victory over David Ekpenyong.

In the girls field, Rebecca Ekpenyong, who reached the semifinals in the first leg last week, suffered a shock first round exit today, as she was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Omolayo Bamidele.

Draws for 2020 Davis Cup World Group I Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs to take place on 3 October

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the draws for the 2020 Davis Cup World Group I Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs will take place at the ITF offices in London at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Thursday 3 October. The draws will be livestreamed on the Davis Cup website and social media channels.

The ties will be played at the same time as the 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers on 6-7 March, making a total of 36 Davis Cup ties played in 36 cities around the world that weekend.

The ITF has introduced a global format for Davis Cup Group I and Group II in 2020. World Group I and World Group II ties will replace the regional Group I and Group II ties previously played in Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe/Africa.

The 2020 World Group I Play-offs will see the 12 losing nations from the 2019 Group I ties competing against the 12 winning nations from the 2019 Group II ties. The 2020 World Group II Play-offs will see the 12 losing nations from the 2019 Group II ties competing against the 12 advancing nations from the 2019 regional Group III events.

Winning nations from the World Group I Play-offs will compete in World Group I ties in September 2020 along with the losing nations from the Qualifiers.

Losing nations from the World Group I Play-offs will compete in World Group II ties in September 2020, along with the winning nations from the World Group II Play-offs.

Losing nations in the World Group II Play-offs will compete in regional Group III events in either June, July or September 2020.

The draws for the World Group I Play-offs and World Group II Play-offs will see teams from Pot B drawn against teams from Pot A. The Davis Cup Nations Ranking will not be used for seeding for these draws as part of a trial for the 2020 competition.

World Group I Play-offs

Pot A (losing nations from 2019 Group I ties): Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China P.R., Dominican Republic, Finland, Israel, Lebanon, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, Venezuela, loser of tie between Pakistan and India*

Pot B (winning nations from 2019 Group II ties): Bolivia, Chinese Taipei, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey
*scheduled to take place on 29-30 November

World Group II Play-offs
Pot A (losing nations from 2019 Group II ties): Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Morocco, Paraguay, Philippines, Zimbabwe

Pot B (advancing nations from 2019 regional Group III events): Costa Rica, Estonia, Greece, Jamaica, Kenya, Latvia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam

The 2019 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals on 18-24 November will provide a thrilling conclusion to this year’s Davis Cup season with the top 18 teams battling it out to be crowned world champions. Tickets are available now on the Davis Cup Finals website.

Draw made for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals

The draw for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals has been made in Orlando, Florida. The two 16-team events, comprising 26 nations, will take place at the USTA National Campus on 24-29 September. For more information please visit itftennis.com.

The daily order of play can be found here.

Draw made for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals
photo credit: ITF

Action from Lake Nona will be live streamed on itftennis.com, DavisCup.com and FedCup.com

Draw Made For 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced the Draw for the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers to be held on 7-8 February next year.

The eight winning nations in the Qualifiers will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest on 14-19 April. They will join the two finalists from the 2019 competition – Australia and France – as well as hosts Hungary, and Czech Republic, which was awarded a wild card for the Finals last week. The eight losing nations will compete in the 2020 Fed Cup Play-offs, held during the same week as the Finals.

Qualifier ties will consist of four singles matches and one doubles match, with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles matches will be played on Friday 7 February, with the two reverse singles matches followed by the doubles match on Saturday 8 February.

The draw is as follows:

2020 Qualifiers (7-8 February)
USA (s) (c*) v Latvia
Netherlands (c) v Belarus (s)
Romania (s) (c*) v Russia
Brazil (c*) v Germany (s)
Spain (s) (c) v Japan
Switzerland (s) (c) v Canada
Belgium (s) (c*) v Kazakhstan
Slovakia (c*) v Great Britain (s)

(s) denotes seeded nation
(c) denotes choice of ground
(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Today’s draw is the start of a new chapter for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and it is very exciting that 20 teams will begin next season with the chance to be crowned Fed Cup champions. The Qualifiers will be the first step on the road to Budapest and I am sure that this will be evident from the passion on display from both players and fans at the eight ties. I would like to wish all nations competing in the Qualifiers the best of luck.”

To watch the video of the draw, visit the Fed Cup website.

Quadre, Sylvester Are CBN Tennis Champions

Teen sensation, Oyinlomio Quadre, clinched her first Central Bank of Nigeria Open singles crown on Saturday with a resounding 6-0,6-1 win over Christy Agugbom while defending champions Sylvester Emmanuel retained his men’s singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Abdulmumin Babalola.

A packed final at the Centre Court of the National Tennis Centre, Abuja saw the Morocco-based Quadre dominated the clash to announce her arrival at the top of domestic stage. Quadre, one of the best talents in junior tennis in Africa in recent times, said she would work harder knowing that all eyes are on her.

“I’m very happy to win my first CBN title; this is a dream comes true for me because CBN is one tournament that every Nigerian player cherished,” said the 16-year-old

In the men’s singles final, Babalola’s chase for a record seventh CBN Open title was dashed by Emmanuel, who has now cemented his position as the undisputed top player in Nigeria. The champions each pocketed N700, 000 while the finalists got N500, 000.

Quadre also paired Mary Tenu-Michael to beat the duo of Agugbom and Blessing Samuel to clinch the women’s doubles with Babalola and Lawal Shehu clinching the men’s doubles at the expense of Joseph Imeh and Christian Paul.

Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omisore both clinched the men’s and ladies’ singles in the wheelchair tennis with Adewale clinching his sixth-successive title by beating Wasiu Yusuf 6-1, 6-0 while Omisore edged Chituru Nwazuru 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, says the apex bank is totally committed to the sponsorship of the tournament.

Emefiele, who was represented by CBN Head of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okoreafor, said the championship has served as the springboard to limelight for Nigerian tennis players and CBN are determined to take it to a higher level.

OYINLOMO QUADRE

NTF president, Ifedayo Akindoju, pointed that there has been tremendous players’ improvement pointing that the emergence Quadre, who defeated a hosts of experienced players on her way to the title, is an attestation to the impact that the tournament has made over the years.

He commended the CBN for its unremitting support for Tennis in Nigeria pointing to their sponsorship of the CBN Juniors which is in its 16th year.

A host of high-profile personnel including the immediate NTF president and former Minister of Sports, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, CAT Zone 2 Vice President and NTF board member, Mr. Yemi Owoseni, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports, Adesola Olusola, Director Federation of Elites Athletes, Mrs Tayo Oreweme, Director ITA Godwin Kienka and top CBN officials attended the final.

ITF Announces SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has today announced SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis. SANDEVER, the new Decathlon dedicated brand for Beach Tennis equipment will provide Beach Tennis ‘Superkits’ to ITF member nations who are keen to adopt, develop and grow Beach Tennis.

SANDEVER Superkits will include all the equipment required to set up a Beach Tennis court – a court kit, 4 paddles and 6 stage 2 balls – and provide nations with the tools needed to start playing and promoting the sport of Beach Tennis. 200 Superkits, adaptable for sand and grass, will be available through this new partnership.

Paolo Ceraudo, SANDEVER Beach Tennis Leader, added: “SANDEVER is the new Decathlon brand, born for Beach Tennis. We want to encourage people to discover Beach Tennis all over the world. Our products are designed by beach tennis players, for beach tennis players. Our obsession is to imagine the best products to make each beach tennis session a great experience.

“To become partners of ITF is exactly what we wrote in our mission. SANDEVER is very happy to collaborate with ITF, together we will actively help Beach Tennis grow worldwide with our products. We believe in this healthy, fun and energic sport. This partnership is the start of a great collaboration. We will work hard to achieve the best future for this wonderful sport.”

ITF Beach Tennis Manager, Farivar Tanhai said: “The signing of SANDEVER as Global Development Partner for Beach Tennis is indeed a momentous achievement for our sport. Their clear enthusiasm for Beach Tennis and its promotion worldwide means we will be able to reach more nations and explore more avenues to develop and grow this truly dynamic, exciting and entertaining sport. We hope this is the start of a long-standing partnership and friendship with SANDEVER and look forward to working with them to achieve a brighter and better future for Beach Tennis.”