Tennis: Fed Cup revises rules for dead matches

LONDON (AP) - 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 International Tennis Federation'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, said 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 would not be played.