The International Tennis Federation says France and Serbia have received wild-card entries for the 2020 Davis Cup Finals.
They will join the four semifinalists from this year’s inaugural revamp: Britain, Canada, Russia and Spain.
Serbia lost to Russia in the quarterfinals, and France was eliminated in the group stage.
The new-look 18-team finals — reduced to one week in one city and three matches per tie — is the result of a 25-year partnership between the ITF and Kosmos, an investment group co-founded by Barcelona soccer star Gerard Pique. The overhaul was aimed at making the traditional team competition more attractive and lucrative.
The draw for the qualifiers will be on Sunday in Madrid.
Lleyton Hewitt’s decision to axe Nick Kyrgios from Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final has backfired as Australia crashed out of the quarter-finals to Canada.
Australia went down 2-1 with the inspirational Vasik Pospisil the hero for the Canadians who will now face Serbia or Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday.
John Peers and Jordan Thompson went down 6-4 6-4 in the decisive doubles rubber, but the biggest talking point of the tie was the shock decision to play John Millman in the opening rubber instead of Kyrgios.
The 24-year-old has been in brilliant form during the first two ties, hurling down 34 aces and was earlier this week labelled the ultimate team man by captain Hewitt.
Mystery surrounded the late scratching with Tennis Australia officials merely saying the 24-year-old had not been nominated.
Millman started well against the huge-serving Pospisil, breaking his serve in only the second game of the match.
However, the 29-year-old broke back to level the set at 4-4 and then saved two set points to take a tense tiebreak.
Millman struggled to deal with the Pospisil’s power game in the second set and was unable to hold serve at 5-4 down and the Canadian forced an error to seal victory.
The admirable Alex de Minaur then levelled the tie at 1-1 after coming from a set down to beat Shapovalov in a rematch of the 2016 junior Wimbledon final.
Two-time champion Russia was trying to make it to the final for the first time in 12 years.
Rublev put the Russians ahead defeating Pospisil 6-4, 6-4 in the first singles, and Shapovalov evened the tie by downing Khachanov 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
In the doubles, the Canadians trailed 3-0 in the third-set tiebreaker but rallied and converted their second match point.
“Today was an incredible match,” Pospisil said. “I mean, the doubles, just with the buildup, obviously, getting to this moment the last five days, I mean, it took a lot of emotions even just to get to this match.
“It’s pretty incredible to make the finals, first time in history for Canada. To do it the way it happened was pretty special to be a part of.”
Pospisil and Shapovalov have played all of the matches for Canada, which won Group F by defeating former champions Italy and the United States, then eliminating another former champ, Australia, in the quarterfinals. Canada had never beaten the U.S. or Australia in the Davis Cup.