The former Spanish tennis player David Ferrer is the new director of the Davis Cup, replacing his compatriot Albert Costa, who has held the position since 2019. Along with Ferrer will be Pato Clavet. The man from Madrid joins as deputy director to support the competition department.
Ferrer, former number 3 in the world, knows the competition very closely after playing 20 Davis Cup qualifiers with the Spanish team and lifting the Salad Bowl three times. The one from Xàbia is also the director of the Conde de Godó Trophy in Barcelona.
“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, ”he said in submitted statements.
A total of 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 in Malaga in November.
“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. My great goal is to help make this edition of the Davis Cup a great success”, added Ferrer.
The 16 countries participating in the group stage are Germany, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, England, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the United States.