MADRID (Spain) – We start with a renewed one Davis Cup. The 2019 edition is the first after the controversial "Pique reform" and will be played on the indoor of the Caja Magica. Italy immediately on the field, ready to bet on Matteo Berrettini is Fabio Fognini: they have finished the year in the top 15 of the world, now they want to bring up the blue colors. The debut against the Canada, then Wednesday the challenge against the United States. The opponents of the Group F should not be underestimated at all: among the Americans absent Isner, but watch out for Fritz and Opelka. While the most dangerous of the Canadians is certainly Shapovalov, in addition to him there is also Auger-Aliassime. Not only Berrettini and Fognini, Captain Barazzutti can also count on Sonego, Seppi and Bolelli, double specialist. All the conditions to do well are there. The dream would be to win back the tournament a 43 years away: the only success in fact dates back to final won against Chile in 1976.
Program and schedule of the Davis Cup
Regulations and rounds
All in search of the current champions of the Croatia, which last year had beaten the France in the final. There are 18 teams, divided into six groups of three. Each challenge will consist of two singles and a double: who wins is a point in the group. The first classified and the two best second qualify for the quarters. In the event of a tie between three teams in the group, the individual matches won are counted first. Couplings already drawn: the two winners of groups A and B, which will be at the two ends of the board, will face the best second, in the other two quarters the first of groups C and D will meet with the first of groups E and F. In case of first place , the Azzurri will challenge one between Australia, Belgium and Colombia.
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, Holland;
Group F: United States, Italy, Canada.
Italy, calendar and program
An imminent debut for the national team of Fognini and Berrettini, fresh from the first historic victory of an Italian at ATP Finals. The opening challenge will be against Canada: just one precedent between the two selections dating back to the quarter-final of the World Group 2013 in Vancouver, with the Azzurri defeated in the double 15-13 on the fifth set. Davis Cup matches will be broadcast on the SuperTennis theme channel.
– Canada-Italy, lMonday, November 18 (16.00)
– Italy-United States, Wednesday 20th November (6.00 pm).