The International Tennis Federation (ITF, for its acronym in English) announced that Budapest will not organize the Billie Jean King Cup in 2021 because the Hungarian city does not see it possible to host the tournament with the current situation of Covid-19, as confirmed EFE.
The Hungarian tennis federation communicated in a letter to the ITF that they cannot go ahead with the competition, which had to be suspended in 2020 and was relocated to April 2021, being delayed again no exact date.
The tournament will premiere format, similar to the current Davis Cup, with twelve teams competing for a week in a single city. Initially held in April, the tournament was to be played on clay, but as the calendar moves and the venue changes, uncertainty about the surface that will be used increases.
The ITF President David Haggerty, assured that, after having worked together with the Hungarian federation during the past year, “They are surprised and disappointed” because they do not see it possible to host the tournament in Budapest.
The ITF will now look for an alternative solution in order to hold the tournament this year.