The Croatian Tennis Federation has confirmed on Sunday that Croatia will face Argentina in the Davis Cup final from 25-27 November 2016 at Arena Zagreb…
International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules, which state that the final has to be placed in an arena with a capacity of at least 12,000 seats and in a city with good international flight connections, meant that the Croatian Tennis Federation (HTS) were only left with limited options after Croatia beat France last Sunday in Zadar to qualify for November’s final.
Split (Spaladium), Zadar (Krešimir Ćosić) and Zagreb (Arena Zagreb) all put their hand up to host the final and on Sunday HTS released a statement confirming that Arena Zagreb would play host.
“Because of the rules of the organiser of the final, only Zagreb meets all requirements. Zagreb has already hosted Davis Cup matches and this year was host to the ITF annual general meeting. ITF rules states that the arena for the final must have a capacity of at least 12,000 seats, a press centre capable of holding 200 journalists and adequate conditions, such as soundproof booths, for four television and seven radio stations to facilitate live transmissions,” HTS said in a statement.
Official confirmation from the ITF that Zagreb will be host of the final is expected to come through on Monday.