Rafael Nadal committed to the 2019 Davis Cup final stage from 18 to 24 November providing he is injury-free. The Spanish player has been suffering a lot of injuries recently and he was rarely 100 percent fit in the late stage of the season in the past.
Marca asked the organizer Albert Costa why they have chosen Nadal as the main tournament ambassador. 'You combine it with Rafa because it will be in Madrid and because he said that if he is doing well, he will play', said Blanco.
'But I personally do not focus on Rafa Nadal but on all countries. Spain, being in Madrid, will clearly be the main team. But other countries will go there being willing to win and the best team will win. We want Rafa to be there but we have to focus on countries.' The Caja Magica of Madrid hosts the Mutua Madrid Open on clay, but the Davis Cup will be played on hard.
Could the surface change in the future? 'The idea is to move the tournament over different parts of the world and the most important thing is that players do not have to switch surface over a week so that there are no injuries.
If the previous event was played on hard courts, it will be kept played on hard', said Galo Blanco. Revealing details on negotiations, Albert Costa said: 'I spoke with players and agents, especially Spaniards. The idea is to go to the Australian Open to speak with all the others.
Having 18 countries competing in the same venue, with crowd coming from all over the world... Players are important but we have to focus on countries because it's a country competition.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title