The Fed Cup is following the Davis Cup with a new tournament format.
Starting next year, the women’s tennis event will be a six-day final tournament in April with 12 teams playing for an $18 million prize on clay courts in Budapest, Hungary, the International Tennis Federation said Thursday.
The ITF has already switched the Davis Cup to a similar pattern, with the first 18-team final event to be played in November in Madrid.
“We have consulted and listened to stakeholders and worked with the WTA and its Player Council to make sure the new format represents the interests of the players,” ITF president David Haggerty said in a statement.
Not everyone welcomed the change.
“Good job on killing the competition just as they did with Davis Cup,” France’s Alize Cornet said in a sarcastic tweet with three icons of clapping hands, “and nobody even bothered to ask the opinion of the players whatsoever.”
The 55th-ranked Cornet added it was “very disappointing.”