Fed Cup revises rules for dead matches

The fourth singles in a Fed Cup tie will be scrapped if a team

has an unassailable 3-0 lead, under new rules brought in to make

the competition ”more player-friendly.”

Under the ITF’s revised dead rubber policy, the doubles will be

brought forward and played instead of the fourth singles.

Juan Margets, executive vice-president of the ITF, says in a

statement on Thursday that the rule change ”came in response to

requests from players, captains and national associations”

following its introduction in the Davis Cup.

If a tie is decided after the fourth singles, the doubles will

still be played and a first-to-10 match tiebreaker will replace the

third set. This will apply in group play but not in the final, when

the doubles won’t be played.