There will be a sea of orange in the stands when the Netherlands are in action in Madrid. Their noisy, vibrant fans will be cheering on their exciting young team as they try to win their first ever Davis Cup.
They know they have a tough task in the group stage – they are drawn in Group E, along with 2015 champions Great Britain and Kazakhstan. But they’ll be confident that their blend of youth and experience will serve them well.
They secured their place in the Finals when they beat the Czech Republic in the qualifiers, when Robin Haase put in a spectacular performance, winning three matches (two singles and a doubles alongside Jean-Julien Rojer). They also have a pair of brothers in their ranks – Tallon and Scott Griekspoor – along with Thiemo de Bakker, all of whom enjoyed a tremendous 2018, winning singles titles on the ATP Challenger circuit.
The Dutch have never made the final of a Davis Cup – but reached the semi-finals in 2001, losing to France 3-2 in Rotterdam. Current captain and former Grand Slam doubles champion Paul Haarhuis was part of that squad – and he too has a wonderful record in the competition, making his debut in 1990 and playing at least one tie every year, clocking up 27 ties overall and the most doubles wins for his nation before he retired in 2005.
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