One city. One week. Eighteen countries. One world champion. The new Davis Cup has a brand new competition format, as everyone knows. Kosmos, the company managed by FC Barcelona player, Gerard Piqué, is leading this evolution.
Davis Cup Qualifiers
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas 2019 Qualifiers took place the first weekend of February (1-2 February) including 24 competing nations. I was excited to watch again this team competition and see a new generation of tennis players. Let’s take a look:
A thrilling project led by Lleyton Hewitt in Australia (Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson, John Peers, Alexei Popyrin. Notice that Kyrgios and Tomic have not been called). Take in serious consideration the Russian squad: Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Evgeny Donskoy… and the German too including Alexander Zverev, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jan-Lennard Struff, Peter Gojowczyk. A well-balanced Italian team (Marco Cecchinato, Andreas Seppi, Matteo Berrettini, Thomas Fabbiano). Two top-100 players from Chile (Nicolas Jarry and Christian Garin). Two charismatic players from Canada such as Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Two top-100 players from Japan (Yoshihito Nishioka and Taro Daniel). There will also be plenty of experienced doubles players such as Melo-Soares (Brazil) and Cabal-Farah (Colombia).
We’ll all miss Federer, Djokovic, Nishikori, Fognini, Wawrinka, Berdych, Raonic, among others.
Last year’s semi-finalists (Croatia, France, Spain, and the USA) have qualified automatically – and two lucky teams have a wildcard (invitation) – this year it’s Argentina and Great Britain.
Finally, Serbia, Australia, Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan, Japan, Canada, Netherlands, Russia, Chile, Colombia and Belgium won their qualifying round. And yesterday the organizers announced the final draw featuring 6 groups. We will find some exciting and tough matches. My favourites:
Group A: France vs Serbia vs Japan > WOW!
Group B: Spain vs Russia vs Croatia > WOW!
Group C: Argentina vs Germany vs Chile > WOW!
Group F: USA vs Italy vs Canada > > WOW!
Davis Cup Finals
Madrid has been chosen to host the first two editions of the Davis Cup Finals (2019, 2020) from 18th to 24th November. The 18 teams will compete in a group stage of six groups of three teams. The six group winners plus the two second-best teams with the best records based on sets won or games won will qualify for the quarter-finals. Ties at the Davis Cup Madrid Finals will consist of two singles matches and one doubles match, all played on one day.
Can’t wait! Let’s get started!
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