France won the Davis Cup in 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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A shake-up of the Davis Cup competition will see the formation of an 18-nation World Cup of Tennis Finals, the International Tennis Federation said Monday.In a statement outlining a 25-year, $3 billion partnership with investment group Kosmos, whose founder and president is Barcelona and Spain football player Gerard Pique, ITF President David Haggerty said it would be a game-changer for tennis.In the current format employed since 1981, 16 World Group nations take part in a knockout competition over three weekends in February, July and September before the final in November.Sixteen World Group nations will automatically qualify for the Finals, with a further two nations to be selected.
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