Croatia, Russia to Open Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November

The ITF and Kosmos Tennis have announced the schedule for the Davis Cup Finals, taking place in Madrid from 18 to 24 November. 

The group stage ties will take place Monday to Thursday. One quarter-final will be played on Thursday evening while the other three will be played on Friday, followed by the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday 24 November. All matches are best of three sets, with two singles and doubles match.

The Group B match between Croatia and Russia will begin proceedings on Centre Court, and will be followed closely by the Spanish fans, with Spain also in Group B.

Spain will first play on the afternoon of Tuesday 19 on Centre Court against Russia, following an exciting meeting between Argentina and Chile. 

Number 1 seeds France will also play on Tuesday, in the morning session against Japan. This second day of competition will also see Canada take on USA. 

A total of 18 teams are competing in six groups in the group stage. The six group winners plus the two best second placed teams, based on percentage of sets won, will progress to the quarter-finals. 

The two lowest placed teams after the group stage will play in the Zone Group competition the following year. The 12 teams that finish in 5th to 16th position will compete in the Davis Cup Qualifiers in 2020. All four semi-finalists will automatically qualify for the 2020 Davis Cup Madrid Finals. 

Davis Cup Madrid Finals Schedule:

Monday 18 November
Evening session:
Centre Court - Croatia v Russia
Stadium 2 - Canada v Italy
Stadium 3 - Belgium v Colombia

Tuesday 19 November
Morning session:
Centre Court - Argentina v Chile
Stadium 2 - France v Japan
Stadium 3 - Kazakhstan v Netherlands

Evening session:
Centre Court - Spain v Russia
Stadium 2 - USA v Canada
Stadium 3 - Australia v Colombia

Wednesday 20 November
Morning session:
Centre Court - Argentina v Germany
Stadium 2 - Serbia v Japan
Stadium 3 - Great Britain v Netherlands

Evening session:
Centre Court - Croatia v Spain
Stadium 2 - USA v Italy
Stadium 3 - Belgium v Australia

Thursday 21 November
Morning session:
Centre Court - France v Serbia
Stadium 2 - Germany v Chile
Stadium 3 - Great Britain v Kazakhstan

Evening session:
Centre Court - Quarter-final: Winner Group D v Winner Group F

Friday 22 November
Morning session:
Centre Court - Quarter-final: Winner Group A v Runner Up (*)

Evening session:
Centre Court - Quarter-final: Winner Group B v Runner Up (*)
Stadium 2 - Quarter-final: Winner Group E v Winner Group C

Saturday 23 November
Morning session:
Centre Court - Semi-final (top half)

Evening sessions:
Centre Court - Semi-final (bottom half)

Sunday 24 November
Time TBC
Centre Court - Final

(*) to be determined by draw

David Cup Finals Groups:
Group A: France (1), Serbia, Japan
Group B: Croatia (2), Spain, Russia
Group C: Argentina (3), Germany, Chile
Group D: Belgium (4), Australia, Colombia
Group E: Great Britain (5), Kazakhstan, Netherlands
Group F: USA (6), Italy, Canada