London, June 27: India's match against Finland in Davis Cup tournament is now postponed till 2021 as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced the 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The game between India and Finland will be played either in March 20121 or September 2021 whereas the Finals will now take place in Madrid in the week commencing 22 November 2021. India was supposed to travel to Finland for the World Group I and to take on Finland in September. Meanwhile, it was to be an easy draw for India as none of the singles players of Finland features in top-100. Emil Ruusuvuori, ranked 101, is their best player while others are not even in top-400.
On the other hand, India had lost 1-3 to Croatia in the Davis Cup Qualifiers while Finland had beaten Mexico 3-2 in World Group Play-Offs. The pandemic has halted ATP and WTA tours since mid-March, with tennis set to resume in August.
"The decision to postpone the event comes following a three-month review of the considerable logistical and regulatory challenges that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and all potential hosting scenarios with the health and safety of all involved of paramount importance," the statement read.
Speaking on the postponement of the event, David Haggerty, ITF President, said, “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. 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 addition, the ITF Board has announced that the 24 home-and-away World Group I and World Group II ties involving 48 national teams due to be played in September this year will be postponed until 2021, with ties to be played in either March or September. The 2020 regional Group III and IV events, in which 76 national teams are entered, are also postponed until 2021. The ITF will work with the hosts of these ties and events in order to ensure a safe environment in which they can be played next year, the Davis Cup statement added.