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Tennis bosses vote for overhaul

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World tennis chiefs on Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup overhaul that will condense the 118yearold worldwide showpiece into an 18team, weeklong event but critics blasted the changes as a black day for the sport

Orlando: World tennis chiefs on Thursday approved a radical Davis Cup overhaul that will condense the 118-year-old worldwide showpiece into an 18-team, week-long event but critics blasted the changes as a "black day" for the sport.

The current Davis Cup format is a knockout event played February, July, September and November at home and away venues around the globe, best-of-five match ties following Grand Slam events until the final round.

Round-robin groups of three would send six group winners and two runners-up into knockout playoffs Friday-Sunday.

The finals would feature two singles matches and one doubles match each day, all cut to best-of-three sets. The 2019 event will take place from 18-24 November in either Madrid or Lille.

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