The Davis cup de Piqué has a new director for his final phase. And not just any one. David Ferrer, one of the heavyweights in the recent history of the competition, replaces Albert Costa and is incorporated from this Tuesday to Cosmos Tennis as tournament director for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals.
Former world number three and Davis Cup champion with Spain, Ferrer He also acts as director of the Barcelona OpenBanc Sabadell-Trofeo Conde de Godó, in the ATP 500 category, and had sounded strong as a potential replacement for Sergio Bruguera What Spanish Davis Cup captaina position that will at least have to be postponed to dedicate himself to directing the tournament, which in this edition will have its final phase in Malaga, in November.
Ferrer, former number 3 in the world, knows the competition very closely. He played 20 qualifiers Davis cup with the Spanish team and lifted the salad bowl three times. “I am very excited to join the project. The Davis is a unique competition. As a player, it is one of the great tournaments that you always want to play because of what it means. You compete as a team, defend the colors of your country, spend a week with your teammates and the atmosphere in the stands is incredible.”
Together with Ferrer, he will be one more year Duck Clavet. The man from Madrid joins again Cosmos as deputy tournament director to support the competition department. 16 teams will participate this year in the group stage that will be held from September 13 to 18 in four venues, Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia. The top two teams from each venue will automatically qualify for the Grand Final of Malaga in November. “2022 is going to be a great challenge again.
The new format that began in 2019 has been modified every year with the aim of improving and adapting to the needs of players, fans and sponsors. With my experience, my great goal is to help make this edition of the Davis Cup a great success”, he adds. Ferrer. The 16 countries participating in the group stage are Germany, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, England, Italy, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United States.