London - Geneva was chosen as preferred bidder to host combined Davis
Cup and Fed Cup finals from 2018 as part of reforms to transform the
season-ending events, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on
Under the plan, it said, the two finals would be merged into
the World Cup of Tennis on a three-year deal and staged on hard courts at
Geneva's Palexpo arena starting in November 2018.
"The creation of the World Cup of Tennis finals is at
the heart of a series of reforms that represent the most significant changes in
the history of Davis Cup and Fed Cup," ITF President David Haggerty said
in a federation statement.
"Change is needed to ensure that we maximise the full
potential of these iconic and historic competitions."
The ITF statement said combined finals would "unlock
new revenues for tennis development, increased prize money and player bonus
The plan will be part of a wide-ranging reform package to be
submitted for approval at the ITF's annual general meeting in Ho Chi Minh City,
Vietnam in August.
Geneva was chosen by the ITF Board of Directors at their
meeting in Frankfurt on Tuesday ahead of bids from Copenhagen, Istanbul, Miami,
Turin and Wuhan.