ITF Press Release, June 21, 2022
David Ferrer will join Kosmos Tennis after being announced as Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals Tournament Director today, replacing Albert Costa who held the position since 2019.
Former world No. 3 Ferrer has had a 16-year involvement with the competition, having played 20 Davis Cup ties for Spain, lifting the trophy on three occasions.
“I’m very excited about joining the project,” Ferrer said. “The Davis Cup is a unique competition. As a player, it is one of the tournaments that you always want to play because of what it means. You compete as a team, you play for your country, you spend a week with your team-mates and the crowd atmosphere is unbelievable.”
Sixteen teams will participate in this year’s Finals Group Stage, to be held on 13–18 September in Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia. The top two teams from each venue will automatically qualify for the ‘Final 8’ in Malaga on 22-27 November.
“2022 is going to be another exciting challenge for us. Since 2019, we have been working with players, organisers, fans and sponsors to maximise the success of the new format, while maintaining the event’s unique qualities. Using my experience, my goal is to inspire new audiences for the competition both now and in the future,” added Ferrer.
The 16 countries participating in the Finals Group Stage are Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea Republic, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, USA.