Davis Cup: Guillermo Coria, with a return and a debut, before the great opportunity

William Coria He has already made official the first team of his cycle as Davis Cup captain: Diego Schwartzman will be the sports leader of a list that will include the absolute debut of Sebastian Baez; the duo made up of Horacio Zeballos and Máximo González; Y the return of champion Federico Delbonismore than five years of the historic final against Croatia in Zagreb.

Argentina will host the Czech Republic on March 4 and 5at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, in a series corresponding to the Qualifiers, the qualifying round that will deliver tickets to the Finals. The Corian team who will sit in the chair after the untidy cycle of Gastón Gaudio, is one of the ten that rose from World Group I to the Qualifiers, also made up of 14 other countries: the 16 that “dropped” from the Finals minus two that will play directly thanks to an invitation: Serbia and Great Britain, who will join this year’s two finalists, Russia and Croatia. From 2022 the Finals will not have 18 teams but a total of 16, divided into four zones of four.

Schwartzman, 14th in the world and Argentine number one, will put all his filming in the elite at the service of the new Coria teamwhich will also have a highly experienced couple like Zeballos-González (6th and 23rd in doubles) and with a dual contribution from the national team that won the Davis Cup in 2016. Delbonis (41st) will bring champion lineage after more than five years of absence: his last participation for the salad bowl was in the mythical fifth point who beat Ivo Karlovic to sentence the triumph of that Daniel Orsanic team against the Croats. A solid and ascending Sebastián Báez (77 °)for his part, will add his great growth of the last year, driven by his coach Sebastián Gutiérrez, who was a key piece of that coaching staff led by Orsanic.

The biggest surprise has to do, in principle, with the new regulations of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), in a clear intention to promote the series: the teams for the Finals and for the Qualifiers are announced 28 days before the first day of competition and, throughout the month, and the captain can do a maximum of three changes up to one hour before the draw -for Argentina it will be on Thursday, March 3-.

The possibility of making modifications until the last moment you could configure a tool to wait for certain players. You can even mention Juan Martín Del Potro, who will return to the circuit next Tuesday at the Argentina Open, after more than two and a half years absent due to a severe right knee injury. The unknown will be to see how his physique responds both in Buenos Aires, where he was already seen very active in practiceslike the following week in Rio de Janeiro.

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His presence at the barbecue and football day of mid-December, organized by Coria, could be a sign, although it is too early to venture it. “Juan Martín is our reference and who we need to play again for his personal good and for the good of tennis. As a captain, who doesn’t want to have a role model like him? Play or not play, having him in the team is very important for what her figure generates”, she was able to tell Coria to Page/12 weeks ago in an interview.

For now, Argentina will have an enormous possibility of re-qualifying for the Finals, a contest that he played for the last time in the inaugural edition of the new format in 2019, thanks to an invitation from the organization. Participation in such an event It would guarantee a large income of money for the coffers of the Argentine Tennis Association (AAT).

Former number three in the world and a finalist at Roland Garros in 2004, Mago Coria has before him an unbeatable chance to lead Argentina to the Finals again. Although history favors the Czechs, who won five of the previous six qualifiers, will now come with a smaller team, without their two players ranked among the top one hundred in the world: Jiri Vesely (80th) and Roman Jebavy (88th in doubles). The payroll is made up of players from the second platoon: Tomas Machac (21 years old; 116th), Jiri Lehecka (20; 138°), Zdenek Kolar (25; 146th) and Vit Kopriva (24; 193rd).

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