Bologna in Italy and a yet-to-be-confirmed city in Croatia will join Valencia in Spain and Manchester in the UK as group stage hosts for the 2023 Davis Cup Finals premier men’s teams competition.
The Unipol Arena will serve as Bologna’s host venue along with the Pabellón Municipal Fuente de San Luis in Valencia. Both hosted group stages for the 2022 competition, with Valencia having struck a renewal with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for group-stage hosting rights until 2026.
They are joined by the AO Arena in Manchester, with the city in the north of England to host Davis Cup action for the first time since 1994.
The group stages will take place between September 12 and 17.
The remaining host cities were confirmed yesterday (March 29) afternoon at the draw for the finals group stage in Malaga, where the knockout stage of the competition will be held between November 21 and 26.
Group A, hosted in Bologna, will be contested by current champions Canada, Italy as the host nation, Sweden, and Chile.
Group B, in Manchester, comprises host nation Great Britain, Australia, France, and Switzerland.
Group C will be played in Valencia, with Spain featuring as the host nation along with Serbia, the Czech Republic, and South Korea.
And finally, Group D will be hosted and contested by Croatia, with the Netherlands, the USA, and Finland also featuring.
This year’s Finals will be the first since the ITF announced in January that its 25-year, $3 billion partnership with sports investment group Kosmos was ending after only five years, throwing the future of the men’s national teams tournament into doubt.
Elsewhere, the ITF has appointed Spanish sports management agency Tennium as an event delivery partner for the 2023 Finals.
Under the deal, announced today (March 30), Tennium will support the ITF’s Davis Cup Finals team with all aspects of event operations in Spain.
The agency was appointed after a competitive tendering process and will begin supporting the ITF with immediate effect. It will work on the Davis Cup Finals group stage in Valencia along with the knockout stage in Malaga.
Tennium is also working with the ITF on the delivery of the Hopman Cup exhibition mixed teams event in Nice between July 19 and 23.
In addition, it is a partner of the ATP top men’s tour and the WTA top women’s tour. Among the other events in which it is involved are the Barcelona Open, the Argentina Open, and the European Open.
David Haggerty, president of the ITF, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tennium on board to support us in the delivery of this year’s Davis Cup Finals and they share our ambitious vision for the competition.
"It was important for the ITF that we had in place an experienced and professional team on the ground and Tennium, with its impressive record in delivering world-class tennis events in Spain and across the world, is the perfect partner for us and the cities of Malaga and Valencia.”
Kristoff Puelinckx, founder and chief executive of Tennium, added: “It is a great honor that the ITF entrusts us to help it organize this edition of the Davis Cup.
"We are very pleased to be able to bring our expertise and knowledge in delivering world-class tennis to Malaga and Valencia. Our aim is to support the ITF at every level for this historical and competitive event which is the World Cup of Tennis.”