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ITF Considers Davis Cup, Fed Cup Moves After Tennis Season Cuts

The International Tennis Federation is considering moving the finals of its Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions to earlier dates after the men’s tennis tour cut its season by two weeks.

The ATP World Tour yesterday said it will extend its offseason to seven weeks from five weeks starting from 2012 so players will have more time to rest and recuperate.

A move in the Davis Cup and Fed Cup schedules is “under discussion,” Barbara Travers, a spokeswoman for the London- based ITF, said in an interview at the ATP World Tour Finals in London today.

Beginning in 2012, the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals will start Nov. 5, instead of Nov. 21 this season. The finals of the Davis Cup, the elite team competition for men, are currently scheduled for Dec. 3-5, when France plays Serbia in Belgrade.

The finals of the Fed Cup, which were held Nov. 6-7 this season, may also be moved to an earlier date in order to prevent a clash with the men’s tour events, Travers said. Italy defeated the U.S. for the second straight year in the competition.

The Davis Cup committee will discuss any possible changes during a meeting on Dec. 2 in Belgrade, Travers said.

“It’s really up to the ITF to decide what they want to do,” Adam Helfant, executive chairman and president of the ATP World Tour, said in a news conference yesterday when asked about possible changes to the Davis Cup schedule. “It seems like a sensible thing to do, however.”

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