Davis Cup 2023 format – who gets to play at the Final 8 tournament

Being the most prestigious tennis team competition, the Davis Cup brings together the best tennis players in the world competing for their respective nations. This week, the 16 best teams in the world will compete for a place in the 2023 Davis Cup Final 8, which will take place at the Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena in Malaga, Spain, from 21-26 November.

Davis Cup 2023 format - who gets to play at the Final 8 tournament
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Davis Cup Finals Group Stages

This week, 16 teams will participate in the Davis Cup Finals Group stages hoping to book their tickets for the final in Malaga. Four tournaments with four teams will take place in Bologna, Manchester, Split and Valencia which will give us the last eight team standing in the run for the Davis Cup title this year.

According to the Davis Cup format 2023, every team within a group will play each other in a round-robin system. Every match up consists of two single matches and one double match. The team that wins two matches is the winner of the match up. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Davis Cup Final 8.

Group A

The defending champion Canada is the top team in Group A that will take place in Bologna. The world No. 31 Denis Shapovalov is not having his best season, but this is a chance for him to get back to winning track and lead his team to a chance to play for the title again. The host nation Italy, that won the title in 1976 and finished as a runner up six times, has four players in the top 50 in the world – but will be without Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini. Sweden has only one player in the top 200, Elias Ymer, after his brother Mikel retired after being suspended for doping. Chile rounds up group A, led by one of the breakthrough stars this season, Nicolas Jarry who is currently 22nd in the world.

Group A Schedule:

September 12: Sweden vs Chile

September 13: Canada vs Italy

September 14: Canada vs Sweden

September 15: Italy vs Chile

September 16: Canada vs Chile

September 17: Italy vs Sweden

Group B

Group B, that will be played in Manchester features last year’s runner up, Australia. Nick Kyrgios is the biggest star of the Kangaroos but will not play in the Davis Cup this year. Alex de Minaur is the main player for the Aussies and he has a solid season being 12th in the world. It’s been 20 years since Australia won their last of their 28 Davis Cup titles. Great Britain has won it 10 times and hopes that the home crowd would help them finish in one of the top two spots in the group. Another team that has 10 Davis Cup titles is France, that looks like a serious contender with 11 players in the top 100 and Adrian Mannarino being their highest ranked player at the moment. Switzerland  is the last team in Group B with slim chances to advance to the 2023 Davis Cup Final 8.

September 12: France vs Switzerland

September 13: Australia vs Great Britain

September 14: Australia vs France

September 15: Great Britain vs Switzerland

September 16: Australia vs Switzerland

September 17: Great Britain vs France

Group C

Spain is the favorite to win Group C that will take place in Valencia. Even though Carlos Alcaraz will not play, Spain has another six players in the top 100 that will most likely win the group. Novak Djokovic will not play for Serbia after winning his 24th Grand Slam title last week in New York. Serbia has three other players in the top 100 but they do not look like a serious contender without Djokovic. The Czech Republic won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 and always has a serious approach to this competition. Jiri Lehecka is their only player in the top 100 but they have a young team that can make a lot of noise in the Davis Cup. South Korea has only two players in the top 200 and does not look like a team that can win a matchup in this group.

September 12: Serbia vs South Korea

September 13: Spain vs Czech Republic

September 14: Czech Republic vs South Korea

September 15: Spain vs Serbia

September 16: Serbia vs Czech Republic

September 17: Spain vs South Korea

Group D

Croatia is hosting the Group D in Split. They have a great doubles team with Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic and solid single players like Borna Coric who is 26th in the world. USA is probably the favorite in this group even though they won their last of the record 32 Davis Cup titles, back in 2007. Netherlands have two players in the top 100 in the ATP rankings and will also be a treat in the doubles matches against anybody. Finland is not a team that can cause any trouble for the rest of the teams in the group.

September 12: Netherlands vs Finland

September 13: Croatia vs USA

September 14: Netherlands vs USA

September 15: Croatia vs Finland

September 16: USA vs Finland

September 17: Croatia vs Netherlands

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