Novak Djokovic’s Serbia also handed a wildcard for next year’s edition; Great Britain were knocked out in the quarter-finals earlier this week of 2021 finals and will now not face a qualifier in March
Last Updated: 05/12/21 2:04pm
Great Britain have received a wild card for the 2022 Davis Cup Finals.
Britain, led by Leon Smith, and fellow recipient Serbia will now not need to play in the qualifiers in March to reach next year’s tournament.
They both join this year’s finalists the Russian Tennis Federation and Croatia, who will compete for the trophy later on Sunday in Madrid, in earning free passage.
“All our GB players love coming together for these weeks and are keen to have another crack at the trophy again in 2022,” Smith said in a statement released by the LTA.
Britain’s 2021 campaign was ended by Germany at the quarter-finals earlier this week in Innsbruck.
It is the second time since the format of Davis Cup changed to a World Cup-style finals in 2019 that Britain have received a wild card, while they qualified directly for this year’s edition by reaching the semi-finals two years ago.
A press conference to announce the host or hosts of the 2022 finals, which had been scheduled for Sunday morning, was cancelled, with Abu Dhabi widely proposed to stage at least part of the event.