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Davis Cup overhauled for 2019 with season-ending team event

The Davis Cup is getting a radical overhaul in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some luster.

Beginning next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site, creating an event that the International Tennis Federation believes will be more attractive to elite players who have often passed on competing for their countries while already facing a crowded schedule.

Teams will play one week in February to advance to the championship in November, replacing the current Davis Cup format that is played over four weekends throughout the year.

And players will be competing for what the ITF says rivals Grand Slam prize money after a $3 billion, 25-year agreement that was approved Thursday at the organization’s conference in Orlando, Florida. A spokesman said about 71 percent of the…

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