In an interview to Onda Cero and RTVE the Davis Cup Tournament Director Albert Costa spoke about the differences between running the Barcelona Open, which he did until this year, and the team competition. The former world No.
2 said: "It's two very different events. This is a big event where the most important countries are playing in. You cannot compare them because one has been around for many years while this is our first year. Here the facility is much bigger.
I was player and captain of this team but as an organizer I cannot cheer on them. We are in the beginning but we are getting positive feedbacks by players who are very happy and grateful for this event", recognized the former French Open winner.
"Russia has a strong team, young players who have not achieved their full potential yet. They will face a solid team like Spain and we will definitely see some good show on Tuesday. I saw Rafael Nadal doing very well, happy, strong, I saw his last match at the ATP Finals in London and he looked very good.
We want fans to enjoy themselves and players to be happy." Asked if Davis Cup may be played in a different time of the year next year, Costa replied: "It will not be easy, now there is a new ATP Chairman so we can have more chances but for 2020 it will be difficult. In 2021 things could change." It could possibly be combined with the ATP Cup that takes place in Australia.