MVP of the 2019 Davis Cup, Rafael Nadal, who led Spain to their 6th Davis Cup title had to withdraw from this year’s edition because of the foot injury that forced him to end his season in August itself. While this was a big setback to the Spanish team who are defending their title at the 2021 Davis Cup, the team had to deal with another setback prior to their first match.
Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz tested positive for Covid-19 which ruled him out of the competition and Spain were forced to call Pedro Martinez to replace Alcaraz who has since gone into quarantine. Nadal, who is catching the action live on TV, took to his Twitter handle to share words of encouragement for the rest of the Spanish players.
“Much encouragement to the entire Spanish team after the news we received today. When something like this happens, the competition takes a back seat. The most important thing is health and I hope there are no more cases. A hug to all!” tweeted Nadal.
Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut only two players not playing this year
From the team that played in the 2019 tournament, three of the five players are playing again this year. Feliciano Lopez, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Pablo Carreno Busta are part of the team playing this year as well. Along with Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut is missing from the team this year that is defending the title this year.
Replacing Nadal and Agut are Albert Ramos Vinolas and Pedro Martinez in this year’s team in the hopes of bringing a 7th Davis Cup title for their country, joining Sweden as the 5th most successful team with 7 Davis Cup titles.