The names of Alex Bolt, Simone Bolelli, Albert Ramos, Frances Tiafoe, Steven Díez They are a last-minute novelty for teams from Australia, Italy, Spain, the United States and Canada in the final phase of the Davis Cup that begins tomorrow at three venues: Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin.
Different physical mishaps or personal decisions have left some of the most prominent players in those countries without participating. Jordan Thompson, Matteo Berrettini, Taylor Fritz, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Ugo Humbert and Roberto Bautista have fallen.
The Castellón suffered an abdominal injury yesterday that forces him to rest for 10 days so the entire competition is lost since the last day of the tournament is December 5.
It should be remembered that Bautista He already had to absent himself from the quarterfinal series against Argentina and the semi-finals against Great Britain, in the 2019 edition, due to the loss of his father. The tennis player wanted to return to play and win the first point of the final against Aliassime. His teammates dedicated the victory to him.
A weakened Canada
Canada, a finalist two years ago, has gone from having a competitive team with Shapovalov and Aliassime, to having a place in the quarterfinals in doubt. They are in group B with Kazakhstan and Sweden. If Spain passes as one of the two best seconds, it would be the first of that group in the penultimate round, so Sergi Bruguera and his men are vigilant.