Even though Russia completed a clean sweep of of team competitions — Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup– they will not be allowed to host any ties in 2022.
Davis Cup organisers Kosmos tennis had announced earlier that the 2022 competition will take place across five cities.
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While four cities will hope the group stages of the Davis Cup Finals, a fifth city, most likely Abu Dhabi, will host the knockout stage.
The bidding process for host cities will get underway in the coming weeks but Russia will not be allowed to take part.
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This is because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from competing as a country in WADA listed world competitions.
Since the ITF is a member of WADA, Russian teams played under the banner of ‘Russian Tennis Federation’ at the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup.
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The ITF has confirmed that the ban is in force until December 16, 2022, which is after the 2022 Finals.
“The ban remains in place for two years and that includes Russia hosting any WADA listed world competitions or world cup tournaments/competition events,” an ITF spokesperson was quoted as saying by UbiTennis.
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“And when competing outside of Russia the use of their national name, insignia, emblems and anthem are banned throughout this same period.”
Earlier this month, Daniil Medvedev had led Russia to their third Davis Cup title and first in 15 years.
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