The Davis Cup Finals will be held in the southern Spanish city of Málaga in November, organizers announced on Wednesday. After the first two editions, which were held in Madrid, the revamped tennis competition will remain in Spain. The group stage will take place from September 14 to 18 in the Italian city of Bologna, the Scottish city of Glasgow, the German city of Hamburg, and an unnamed fourth city. Along with Madrid, group matches were held in Innsbruck, Austria, and Turin, Italy this year.
The quarterfinals, semifinals, and final will all take place on indoor hard courts in Malaga from November 21 to 27. According to the International Tennis Federation and organising group Kosmos Tennis, the city will also host the final stages in 2023.
Malaga was one of the cities chosen to host group matches this year, but after being selected for the finals, it will be replaced. There had been talk that Abu Dhabi would be the new host of the Davis Cup Finals, but some players and team captains were concerned about travelling so late in the season.
Italian tennis player Lorenzo Musetti recorded an opening day victory over Argentina’s Sebastian Baez at the Barcelona Open on Monday. The win shot the 20-year-old’s record on clay to 5-2. The scoreline at the end of the match read 7-5, 7-5 in Musetti’s favour. He will face British tennis player Daniel Evans in the round of 32. Musetti has been quite impressive on clay so far and his previous win came at the Monte Carlo Masters when he beat world no. 9 Felix Auger-Alliasme.
Elsewhere, Korean tennis star Soon Woo Kwon recorded a rather comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over Benoit Paire. The Korean never looked in doubt throughout the tie even though the official stats make it seem like a close encounter.
USA’s Mackenzie McDonald also advanced to the round of 32 but he had his work cut out for him. Hugo Grenier forced him to play two tie breaks in three sets of which the American won one. McDonald had to fight his way back from a set down to win 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 6-7 (2-7). He will have a stern test waiting for him in the form of sixth seed Diego Schwartzman in the next round.
McDonald’s compatriot Brandon Nakashima also made it to the round of 32 after a straight-sets victory against Nicolas Alvarez Varona. The first set was an absolute thriller as it went to a long tie break. The second set was straightforward. The score at the end of the tie was 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.