Two of the biggest events on the tennis calendar have been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This is a tough decision to have to make, but delivering an international team event on this scale while guaranteeing the health and safety of all involved ultimately poses too great a risk," ITF president David Haggerty said in a press release regarding the Davis Cup. "It is a complex undertaking and we have made the decision now to provide certainty for players, National Associations and fans. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kosmos Tennis in order to deliver a fantastic competition next year."
In addressing the Fed Cup finals, which are now set to take place in Budapest, Hungary from April 13-18, 2021, Haggerty said:
"Earlier this year, we took the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the first edition of the new-look Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Budapest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is regrettable that the Finals will not be able to take place this year, we are confident that we will be able to host a superb event in Budapest in April 2021.
"In these extraordinary times, we believe that the best way forward in order both to protect the health and safety of all involved and to best respect the integrity of the competition is to extend this year’s Fed Cup into 2021, with the event returning to an annual basis the following year."
Fed Cup defending champions France will have to wait another year to attempt to retain its title.
The Davis Cup finals, still slated to take place in Madrid, Spain, will be moved to the week of November 22, 2021.