The 2021 Davis Cup Finals are hurtling towards the grand final this Sunday but there’s plenty of drama yet to come.
The Russian Tennis Federation, spearheaded by world No.1 Daniil Medvedev and rising superstar Andrey Rublev, are top contenders to go all the way in this tournament.
However, World No.1 Novak Djokovic will always remain a threat with his Serbia team at this stage of the competition with so much resting on every match-up.
- Davis Cup Finals 2021 schedule – full daily order of play
Reigning champions Spain failed to even reach the knockouts after losing to the Russian Tennis Federation in the group stages.
For those who are new to the Davis Cup, imagine a ‘World Cup of tennis’, where nations field their finest players to take part in a series of matches that all add up to points for their team.
RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about the Davis Cup 2021 tennis tournament including how to watch it, teams, the format and more.
When is the Davis Cup 2021?
The tournament begins on Thursday 25th November 2021 and runs until Sunday 5th December 2021.
Is Davis Cup on TV?
Yes! You can tune in to watch the Davis Cup live on Eurosport 1 in the UK, meaning you can flick on your TV and soak it all up without needing to stream.
Most ATP Tour events are shown live on Amazon Prime Video, but Eurosport boast the rights for this very special event.
How to watch and live stream Davis Cup in the UK
As well as Eurosport 1 on TV, you can tune into Eurosport Player to watch all the action on across a range of devices.
After the free trial, the Eurosport channel is £6.99 per month. Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.
Davis Cup 2021 schedule
The tournament is a unique event that does not count towards ATP rankings, but does come with generous prize money offerings and a fresh ‘national team’ style of tennis. It’s named after former US tennis player and founder Dwight F. Davis.
- 25th November – 28th November: Round robin group stage – 18 teams (six groups of three)
- 29th November – 2nd December: Quarter-finals – eight teams (six group winners and two best runners-up)
- 3rd December – 4th December: Semi-finals – four teams
- 5th December: Final – two teams
Check out the full Davis Cup 2021 schedule for our daily updated Order of Play.
Davis Cup 2021 format
A total of 18 teams will enter the finals. They will be divided into six groups containing three teams in each.
Each nation will play each other across three matches (two singles, one doubles). The team in each group with the best record from their six matches in total will progress to the next stage, along with the two best runners up based on percentage of sets won.
The last eight nations will then be pitted against one another in ‘best of three’ matches. If either team wins both singles matches in the knockout stages, they will triumph 2-0 and the doubles match won’t be played.
This continues until a champion is crowned!
Davis Cup 2021 team nominations
Alex de Minaur
Captain: Lleyton Hewitt
Captain: Stefan Koubek
Captain: Frank Dancevic
Daniel Elahi Galán
Juan Sebastián Cabal
Captain: Alejandro Falla
Captain: Vedran Martić
Captain: Jaroslav Navrátil
Captain: Raúl Viver
Captain: Sébastien Grosjean
Captain: Michael Kohlmann
Captain: Leon Smith
Captain: Gábor Köves
Captain: Filippo Volandri
Captain: Yuri Schukin
Russian Tennis Federation
Captain: Shamil Tarpishchev
Captain: Viktor Troicki
Roberto Bautista Agut
Pablo Carreño Busta
Captain: Sergi Bruguera
Captain: Robin Söderling
Captain: Mardy Fish
Where is the Davis Cup 2021 held?
The tournament will be staged in three different countries: Austria, Spain and Italy.
Matches will be played on hard indoor courts. The three venues are:
- Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria
- Madrid Arena, Madrid, Spain
- Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy