Lille to Host Davis Cup Final

September 19, 2014

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) have announced that the French Tennis Federation (FFT) has nominated the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille to stage the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, purchase which sees France face Switzerland on 21-23 November.

The tie will be played indoors under a retractable roof with the surface for the tie to be confirmed on Monday 22 September.

The Stade Pierre-Mauroy is a multi-use stadium that is currently the home of French Ligue 1 football club Lille. The stadium has a capacity of over 50,000, but for the final a court will be set up at one end to make use of the permanent seating in conjunction with temporary stands. The expected capacity will be a minimum of 27,000 spectators.

The highest capacity for a Davis Cup Final was in 2004, when 27,200 spectators watched Spain defeat USA at the Olympic Stadium in Seville. This remains the largest ever crowd at an officially sanctioned tennis match.

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Lille will be a spectacular setting for one of the most eagerly anticipated Davis Cup Finals in years. It will be a fitting climax to a successful year for the competition that has seen strong player participation, sell-out crowds and excellent TV and media coverage.”

FFT President Jean Gachassin said: “French tennis is really looking forward to hosting such an exciting Davis Cup Final. I am particularly happy that it will be played before a record attendance in the beautiful city of Lille.”