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ITF Names Feliciano Lopez As Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director

The International Tennis Federation announced on Thursday that Feliciano Lopez has been named the event director for the Davis Cup Finals.

The 41-year-old Lopez, who has four championships with Spain, intends to retire from playing after this season.

Four European cities will host the group stage from September 12 to September 17, while Malaga, Spain will host the last-eight competition from November 21 to November 26.

In the ITF release, Lopez remarked, “I have some special memories of playing in this competition so I am very happy to be taking a leading role in delivering these events.” “As tournament director, my only goal is to build on the competition’s recent success and make it the best it can be for players and supporters around the world,” the director said.

A deal between the ITF and the men’s circuit last year made the Davis Cup an official fixture on the ATP schedule. The qualifying tournaments in February saw a 10% increase in attendance.

A potential matchup between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic is made conceivable by the presence of Spain and Serbia in Group C. The group, which will compete in Valencia, also includes the Czech Republic and South Korea.

In Group D, the United States will compete against Croatia, Finland, and the Netherlands. Croatia will host that group, albeit the location and cities have not yet been revealed. Canada, the defending champion, is in Group A alongside Italy, Sweden, and Chile; they are all competing in Bologna. Group B will compete in Manchester and features the host nation Britain, Australia, France, and Switzerland.

Each group’s top two teams proceed to the Final 8 competition. This year’s tournament had a record-breaking 155 countries enter.

Lopez participated in the Davis Cup five times for Spain, helping his nation win in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2019.

“He is a Davis Cup legend and embodies everything the competition is about — passion, entertainment, and pride in representing your country,” ITF president David Haggerty said.

In 2019, Lopez was appointed the Madrid Open’s event director.

Lopez, a three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, will compete in the grass-court Mallorca Championships starting on June 25.

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