On 15 August, the captains of each of the 16 teams in the four groups will announce their squad of four to five players. It is time to take a look at how each qualified nation could potentially line up.
The Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 is around the corner. Soon the flags, the chants, the passion and the best tennis in the world will take the stage from 13–18 September with the Group Stages being held across four venues – Bologna, Valencia, Hamburg and Glasgow. The key piece to the puzzle is yet to be revealed: the players. These will be announced on 15 August, but before that we take a look at the options each of the 16 captains has.
Group A (Bologna)
Croatia, led by veteran Marin Cilic, will be keen to make their mark on the tournament. Currently ranked no. 16 in the world, Cilic, alongside Borna Coric, was key to winning his country’s second title in 2018. Nino Serdarusic and Borna Gojo are two other experienced players in the Croatian ranks, giving coach Vedran Martic plenty of choice. Mate Pavic, Nikola Mektic and Ivan Dodig will look to secure top performances in the doubles, ranked at no. 8, 11 and 16 respectively. It is worth remembering that Mektic has seven victories in his eight doubles matches in the Davis Cup.
Italy and their captain Filippo Volandri can boast players including Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti, Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego; all ranked in the world top 60. With a mixture of youth, quality and experience, Italy will be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s competition. Despite having just one Davis Cup in the trophy cabinet – from back in 1976 – they will still be looking to go all the way in what has worked out to be a complicated group for the Italians. Doubles player Simone Bolelli could be paired once again with Fognini.
Sweden, with Robin Soderling at the helm, could well be the dark horse in what is a tough group this year. The Ymer brothers, Mikael and Elias, will be their nation’s two greatest assets in the singles. Dragos Nicolae Madaras and doubles player Andre Goransson, both of whom boast prior Davis Cup experience, will certainly look to get their names on the teamsheet.
Argentina, captained by Guillermo Coria and with up to six players in the top 100, was the first to announce its squad. World No.15 Diego Schwartzman will head the team, accompanied by Francisco Cerundolo - who makes his debut in the competition, Sebastian Baez and doubles specialists Horacio Zeballos and Maximo Gonzalez.
Group B (Valencia)
Spain, with Sergi Bruguera as captain, will be desperate to impress on home turf, with matches taking place at the Fuente de San Luis. With home advantage, Spain is likely to put together a hugely competitive squad. Without a doubt, the first name on the teamsheet will be megastar Rafa Nadal, but the six-time Davis Cup winners also boast 10 more top-100 players. Carlos Alcaraz, Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño, Alejandro Davidovich, Albert Ramos, Pedro Martínez and Jaume Munar will all be seeking a place in the side. Marcel Granollers, David Vega and Feliciano López are all potential options for the doubles.
Canada is synonymous with youth, with Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov the country's top players. Frank Dancevic can also rely on Vasek Pospisil, Steven Diez, Brayden Schnur and Alexis Galarneau, who already know the ins and outs of the competition and will look to step up in the absence of key players.
Serbian captain Viktor Troicki will hope to have superstar Novak Djokovic as his team's lead. His impressive streak of 38 wins and just seven losses in the competition speaks volumes. Miomir Kecmanovic, Filip Krajinovic, Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere, who all rank in the world’s top 100, will be looking to feature, while Nikola Cacic will add depth in the doubles.
South Korea will be making its oficial debut in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals under captain Seungkyu Park. Soonwoo Kwon, ranked world No. 77, will be their strongest asset in a team that will likely see JiSung Nam, Seong Chan Hong, Yun-Seong Chung, Duck-Hee Lee and MinKyu Song all fighting for a place on the team.
Group C (Hamburg)
France are looking to regain their position as one of the most dominant forces in the competition with Sébastien Grosjean as captain. Gael Monfils, Benjamin Bonzi, Adrian Mannarino, Arthur Rinderknech and Richard Gasquet will all be available for selection. The French side are likely to put forward a strong doubles team with the experience of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
Germany, as group hosts, will hope to count on world No. 2 Alexander Zverev. Captained by Michael Kohlmann, Germany will also want to employ the services of no. 41 Oscar Otte and no. 79 Peter Gojowczyk, who could provide the backup for star Zverev. The established pairing of Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz is a guarantee of success, while the Germans could also add Andreas Mies to their doubles roster.
Belgium, with Johan Van Herck as captain, boasts a mix of youth and experience. World no. 60 David Goffin is the great leader, while 23-year-old Zizou Bergs and 27-year-old Michael Geerts will both be hoping to take to the court, and doubles stars Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen are also serious candidates for the squad.
Australia can enjoy the services of the legendary Lleyton Hewiit in charge, with no. 21 ranked Alex De Minaur providing the backbone of the Aussie squad. Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Millman and James Duckworth will all be hoping to feature, while doubles players Luke Saville and John Peers will also be eager to make the trip.
Group D (Glasgow)
Under the tutelage of Mardy Fish, the United States will be eyeing up the trophy, although it won't be easy. With a list of 14 players in the top 100 to choose from, the US will have a job to narrow down the choice to four or five players. Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Maxime Cressy, John Isner, Tommy Paul and Jenson Brooksby are all contenders. Jack Sock and debutant Sebastian Korda were both crucial in this year's qualifiers. When it comes to the doubles, world no. 2 Rajeev Ram will be the Americans’ greatest asset.
Great Britain, led by Leon Smith, will want to use the services of Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans, who are ranked No. 12 and No. 40 respectively. They would receive a major boost with the return of Andy Murray, who was unable to compete in the 2021 Finals, and Liam Broady and Jack Draper are also both available for selection. In the doubles it will be hard to find a pair to beat world No. 1 and No. 5: Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.
Kazakhstan are keen to surprise at this year’s competition with captain Yuriy Schukin leading a tough group of players all eager to make their mark. Alexander Bublik, ranked world No. 42, could be their standout star, while Dmitry Popko and veteran Mikhail Kukushkin will also hope to make the team. Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov are regulars in the doubles, and it looks likely that the five players above will be Kazakhstan’s starting squad.
The Netherlands, under captain Paul Haarhuis, will be counting on their two biggest assets Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Griekspoor, both of whom are among the top 50 players on the planet. Robin Haase, who also remains a key asset to the team will also be in the running. The Dutch have options in the doubles with both Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer in the world top 10 as well as No. 23 Matwé Middelkoop, all three having Davis Cup experience.