In the draw for the group stage of the Davis Cup finals, the Netherlands have been joined by Croatia, Finland and the United States in Malaga, Spain. The tournament will be held in a yet-to-be-determined host city in Croatia from September 12-17. Numbers 1 and 2 qualify for the final in Malaga from November 21 to 26.
During the previous edition, the Dutch also met the Americans. Later, captain Paul Haarhuis led the Orange to victory Amazingly 2-1. So America will get a second chance this year. The record winner of the Davis Cup (32 finals) and the favorite of the group is Taylor Fritz (ATP-10). Croatia has two leading players in the team in Borna Coric (ATP-20) and Marin Cilic (ATP-22). Finland with Emil Rusuuri (ATP-54), Winner over Botic van de Zandschulp in MiamiThe weakest team in the group on paper.
“It’s a very tough draw. The USA are strong from pot 3 and we’ll meet them. Finishing in the top two will be a lot of work and we’ll have to deliver a complete team performance,” said captain Harhuis. “We showed in Glasgow last year that anything is possible with this team, so we’re going for it. We’re playing in Croatia and it would be great if a lot of Dutch fans come and cheer us on. We saw again how big that support is in Glasgow and Malaga.
In February, the Netherlands qualified for this stage of the country competition with a 4-0 win in Groningen. Win over Slovakia. Then Haarhuis played without the unbeaten van de Santsulp. The Dutch team consists of regulars van de Sandsulp, Dalen Kriegspoor, Tim van Rijthoven and doubles players Wesley Koolhof and Matve Middelkoop. Canada is the defending champion.
Complete the group stage draw of the 2023 Davis Cup Finals
Group A (Bologna, Italy)
Group B (Manchester, Great Britain)
Group C (Valencia, Spain)
Republic of Che
Group D (host city not yet known, Croatia)
This will be the last time the Davis Cup will be held in this format. Earlier this year, it was announced that the ITF and investor Cosmos would end their collaboration after this edition.
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