The new Davis Cup opens Monday in Madrid with three ties already underway in the Spanish capital.
The revamped World Cup-style format features 18 countries split into six groups. Each country will play three ties from Monday through Thursday.
The six group winners plus the next two best countries move to Friday’s quarterfinal knockout round.
The semifinals will be Saturday with the final on Sunday.
The tie will consist of two singles matches and one doubles, all best-of-3 tiebreak sets. The winning team will play five matches with each team playing at least three.
Three stadiums will be used on the “Magic Box” site. The surface is hard court.
“I want them to have the best week of their lives,” Kosmos promoter and former footballer Gerard Pique said. “I want Davis Cup to be a party around tennis, not just tennis. We have a deal with Sony and there are going to be different artists performing there that will provide other entertainment which is going to help make Davis Cup unique.
“During that week fans will enjoy more than just tennis, and of course we want them to have a great time in Madrid. They love their sport there. They had the Champions League final in the city this year, the World Cup of basketball also. Spain in general is a very sporting country, Madrid is the capital and they are very excited to be hosting the Davis Cup.”
While none of the four semifinalists from the ATP Finals are entered, several big names are in action this week led by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Karen Khachanov, Diego Schwartzman are some of the other names all competing for a $20M prize pool.
Twelve countries qualified back in February during the playoffs. Plus, the four countries from the 2018 semifinals (Croatia, France, USA, Spain) earns spots along with two wildcard (Argentina, Great Britain).
MONDAY DAVIS CUP SCHEDULE
Evening Session (4pm)
Centre Court Group B Croatia v Russia
Stadium 2 Group F Italy v Canada
Stadium 3 Group D Belgium v Colombia
DAVIS CUP GROUPS
Group A France, Serbia, Japan
Group B Croatia, Spain, Russia
Group C Argentina, Germany, Chile
Group D Belgium, Australia, Colombia
Group E Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Netherlands
Group F USA, Italy, Canada
DAVIS CUP TEAM ROSTERS
Captain: Sebastien Grosjean
Captain: Satoshi Iwabuchi
Captain: Nenad Zimonjic
Captain: Zeljko Krajan
Captain: Shamil Tarpishev
Roberto Bautista Agut
Pablo Carreno Busta
Captain: Sergi Bruguera
Captain: Gaston Gaudio
Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera
Captain: Nicolas Massu
Captain: Michael Kohlmann
Alex de Minaur
Captain: Lleyton Hewitt
Captain: Johan Van Herck
Juan Sebastian Cabal
Captain: Pablo Gonzalez
Captain: Leon Smith
Captain: Dias Doskarayev
Botic Van de Zandschulp
Captain: Paul Haarhuis
Captain: Frank Dancevic
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
Captain: Mardy Fish
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