Davis Cup: David Ferrer replaces Albert Costa as tournament director

Will he be able to breathe new life into the centenary event? We can seriously doubt it as the Davis Cup has been emptied of its substance since its reform in 2019. Nevertheless, David Ferrer officially became its new director on Tuesday. The ex-world number 3, who lifted the Silver Bowl three times with Spain as a player, replaces his compatriot Albert Costa in functions he also occupies on the circuit on the side of the ATP 500 from Barcelona.

I am very excited to join this project. The Davis Cup is a unique competition. As a player, it’s one of the tournaments you always want to play because of what it means. You participate as a team, you play for your country, you spend a week with your teammates and the atmosphere with the public is extraordinary“said Ferrer in a statement.

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My goal is to attract new audiences

On this last point, however, the Spaniard is aware that the popular enthusiasm, closely linked to the original home-away format, is no longer what it was. Moreover, the successive changes in the modes of organization of the competition since its reform in 2019 are a scathing demonstration of this. This year, a group stage with 16 teams divided into 4 pools and four different cities – Bologna in Italy, Glasgow in Scotland, Hamburg in Germany and Valencia in Spain – will take place from September 13 to 18. Then a “Final 8” (quarters, semis and final) will take place in Malaga from November 22 to 27.

Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Netherlands, Serbia, l Spain, Sweden and the United States will take part in the 2022 edition.”Using my experience, my goal is to attract new audiences for the competition now and in the future.“, said Ferrer again. Sacred challenge in perspective.

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