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Summary of Rules & Regulations
Please find below a summary of the 2010 Davis Cup Rules & i) If the previous Tie between the two Nations was
Regulations. This summary is designed solely as an aid to media
played on a neutral ground, choice shall be decided
working at the event and not as a substitute for the complete
rules & regulations, which can be found by visiting
by lot. If this is not applicable, then
www.daviscup/about/rulesregs.asp
ii) If the previous Tie between the two Nations was not
1 The Competition
played for any reason, choice shall be decided by lot.
If this is not applicable, then
The Competition, the ITF Team Championship for men,
shall be called the Davis Cup and shall be open only
iii) If one Nation has been entitled to choice for its
to full Members of the International Tennis Federation.
Tie with another Nation in the 1970 Competition,
The Competition shall take place in accordance with
or in any later Competition, the latter shall have
the Davis Cup Regulations, the Constitution of ITF Ltd,
choice on the occasion of the next meeting with
the Rules of Tennis, the Davis Cup Code of Conduct
that Nation. If this is not applicable, then
and the Davis Cup Commercial Guidelines.
iv) Choice shall be decided by lot.
2 Entries
6 General Arrangements for Ties
The closing date for entries shall be no later
than 1st July in the preceding year.
The questionnaire with details of proposed venue,
surface, times of play, ball and other matters must
If, after the draw has been made, any Nation be received by the ITF for approval as follows:
withdraws from the Competition, that Nation
shall not be eligible to take part the following
World Group First Round ties – no later than
year, unless otherwise decided by the Davis Cup
80 days before the first round.
Committee and/or the Board of Directors.
World Group Quarterfinal ties – no later than
15 days after the first round.
3 Selection of Seeds
WORLD GROUP
World Group Semifinal ties – no later than 30 days
after the quarterfinals.
Eight nations will be seeded. Seeds 1 and 2 shall
be the Finalists of the year immediately prior to
World Group Final – no later than 7 days after the
the year for which the seeds are being selected
semifinals.
and seeds 3-8 shall be made by the Davis Cup
World Group Play-off ties – no later than 30 days
Committee in accordance with the most recent
after the draw.
Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
Zone Group First Round ties – no later than 60 days
ZONE COMPETITION
before the first round.
The selection of seeds shall be made by the Davis
Other Zone Group ties – no later than 10 days after
Cup Committee in accordance with the most recent
the previous round.
Davis Cup Nations Ranking.
Each nation in the World Group with the possibility
4 The Draw of hosting a quarterfinalshall inform the ITF of all
The draw for the World Group and Zone Competitions
possible venues no later than 15 days before the
I & II, shall be made by the Davis Cup Committee,
first round.
not later than the second week of October.
Each nation in the World Group with the possibility of
If two or more Nations have met each other in
hosting a semifinalshall inform the ITF of all possible
two successive years in either the First Round or
venues no later than 15 days before the quarterfinals.
the Play-Offs, in the third year they shall be
Each nation in the World Group with the possibility of
drawn in different sections of the draw.
hosting a finalshall inform the ITF of all possible venues
Choice of ground for all these ties shall be
no later than 15 days after the quarterfinals. Final
determined at the same time.
venues must be in the capital city or a major city of that
country with an accessible international hub airport.
5 Choice of Ground
7 Eligibility of Players
Choice of ground shall be determined in the
following sequence:
Any tennis player who is in good standing with his
National Association shall be qualified to represent
that country as a player or captain if he:
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