The United States Davis Cup team will play Italy and Canada in Group F of the round-robin stage of the new-format 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Madrid on Nov. 18-24, 2019, following Thursday’s draw ceremony at Madrid’s Real Casa de Correos.
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The Davis Cup finals will feature 18 teams competing over one week at Madrid’s La Caja Magica, the home of the annual Madrid Open. The competition begins with a six-group round-robin stage, with the winner of each group and the two top-finishing second-place teams advancing to the knockout quarterfinal stage. Each tie will consist of two singles and one doubles match, all best-of-three tiebreak sets.
The winner of Group F will play the winner of Group D in the quarterfinals, a group featuring Belgium, Colombia and Australia.
New U.S. captain Mardy Fish also announced that David Nainkin will serve as his coach, a position held by Jay Berger and Robby Ginepri under former captain Jim Courier. Nainkin, a lead national coach for USTA Player Development based out of the Training Center-West in Carson, Calif., has coached rising American Taylor Fritz for the last several years and was Fish’s coach when he rose to No. 7 in the world in 2011. A former top singles player at UCLA, Nainkin has also coached a number of American pros and juniors since first joining the USTA in 2004, including Sam Querrey and Sloane Stephens.
The U.S. is 7-3 all-time in Davis Cup vs. Italy and last played the Italians in the 1998 semifinals, won by Italy. Italy advanced to the 2019 finals by defeating India, 3-1, in the qualifying round earlier this month, led by Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini. The U.S. is 15-0 all-time in Davis Cup vs. Canada, but the two neighbors haven’t met in Davis Cup since 1965. Canada advanced to the 2019 finals by beating Slovakia, 3-2, in the qualifying round on the backs of young stars Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The U.S. automatically qualified for the year-end competition by reaching the 2018 semifinals. The U.S. leads all nationals with 32 Davis Cup titles and holds a 219-72 all-time Davis Cup record.