Davis Cup: Argentina met its rivals for the group stage of the September Finals

The argentinian team from Davis cup You already know who your rivals will be Finals group stage of the competition, which will be held from September 14 to 18, in four different venues, in challenges on hard surfaces and indoors. Those led by William Coria will integrate the Group A together with Croatia, Italy and Swedenin the city of Bologna (Italy).

The draw carried out by the International Tennis Federation and the Kosmos Tennis company in Malaga (city that at the end of the season will host the phase Finals knock-out, November 21-27) also determined the following groups. Zone B: Spain, Canada, Serbia yy South Korea, in Valencia (no doubt, “the group of death”). Zone C: France, Germany, Belgium and Australia, in Hamburg. Zone D: United States, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands, in Glasgow.

The Davis Cup Salad Bowl with a panoramic view of Malaga, the city that will host the knock-out phase of the Finals, from November 21 to 27.

In principle, it was a good draw for Argentina since it avoided powers such as Spain, Canada, Serbia and Germany, among others. In the previous analysis, the most powerful rival that the national team will have will be Italy, which has as the best ranked Matteo Berrettini (6th), as well as talented Jannik Sinner (12th), Fabio Fognini (50th) and Lorenzo Musetti (61st).

The Italian Matteo Berrettini, Argentina's potential rival in the Davis Cup, in September.
The Italian Matteo Berrettini, Argentina’s potential rival in the Davis Cup, in September.MARTIN KEEP – AFP

Croatia, who lost the final to Russia in 2021, relies on “veteran” Marin Cilic and one of the best doubles pairs in the world, Mate Pavic (3rd in the specialty ranking) and Nikola Mektic (6th). . Sweden’s best player, too, is Mikael Ymer (97th).

In each crossing between countries in the same group, two singles and one doubles will be played, all to the best of three sets. While, of the 16 participating nations, only the top two from each group will advance to the knockout stage of the Finals (equivalent to a quarterfinal instance).

Marin Cilic, one of Croatia's main cards, Argentina's rival in Davis.
Marin Cilic, one of Croatia’s main cards, Argentina’s rival in Davis. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol – File

“We are happy with the group that touched us. All groups and countries are very tough. We trust our players to arrive at a good time and we are going to fight. From today we start working hard to be in every detail and we hope to take Argentina to the quarterfinals”, analyzed Coria.

Canada is the invited country in the Davis Cup to replace Russia, the 2021 champion, but eliminated from the competition as punishment for the invasion of Ukraine (the same thing happened in the Billie Jean King Cup, former Fed Cup).

Argentina earned one of the 16 places available for the group stage of the Finals last March, with a 4-0 victory against the Czech Republic for the Qualifiers, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. In the middle of next September, after the US Open, he will have the opportunity to return to the super elite of the new format, where he last performed in 2019 (after beating Chile and losing to Germany, he lost to Spain in the quarterfinals). .

For advancing to the group stage, the Argentine Tennis Association received a prize of US$300,000, an amount that will be doubled if the team qualifies for the quarterfinals. In the case of the players, the organization’s prize money for the victory against the Czech Republic was US$600,000 (the figure will be repeated if they manage to qualify for the final instance).

Serbian Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world.
Serbian Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world.Darko Vojinovic – AP

In August 2018, 118 years of Davis Cup tradition came to an end. The ITF and the Kosmos group, chaired by the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, promoted a historic change of format, which obtained 71.43% of the votes (the AAT was one of the associations that voted in favor of the change). Creating a qualifying round of 24 countries and then a final phase between 18 nations played for a week and in a single city, under the commitment of a 25-year agreement in exchange for 3 billion dollars, was the first thing that was approved. In 2019, the sole venue for the Finals was Madrid and the organization – as it was later known – did not pocket the money it had projected. Those economic consequences and the pandemic led to the suspension of the 2020 edition.

In 2021, the ITF and the company led by the questioned Piqué (in recent days he was in the eye of the hurricane due to a series of audios revealed by the newspaper El Confidencial for the payment of a commission to his company for transferring the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia) changed the format again: it was a “multi-venue” mode for the Finals that year, in three European cities (Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin). The changes, according to the organization, were made in order to avoid the problems in the programming that were seen in 2019 (matches finished at dawn and almost without an audience in the Caja Mágica in the Spanish capital).

Gerard Piqué, footballer and president of the Kosmos group, together with Dave Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation.
Gerard Piqué, footballer and president of the Kosmos group, together with Dave Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation. Archive

Of course, the modifications did not stop there… and this year, once again, it will be played differently, with a group stage of the Finals and a quarter-final stage at the end of the season. Argentina will try to take advantage of it.