The captains of Argentina, the United States, Australia, Belgium, Germany and Netherlands share their views on the forthcoming Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers on March 6 and 7.
Gastón Gaudio (ARG)
Argentina will be the visitors against Colombia
"We are happy and excited to represent Argentina again in the Davis Cup. This time we are under pressure to win as visitors to secure a place in the Madrid Finals. Colombia are a great team, they are at home and the altitude makes them even stronger, although I trust that we have a very competitive team to go out to win all the points. Hopefully, we will make it a real party and the many Argentines living in Bogota will support us from the stands. We are famous for having the best fans in the world and we want to prove it once again. We need you!".
Mardy Fish (USA)
The United States host Uzbekistan in Honolulu
"Everybody's really excited. We have the Bryan brothers coming, who are the greatest doubles team of all time. They're going to play their last Davis Cup match. And then we have three young guys in Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul, who are 21 and 22 years old and they embody the present and future of American tennis. It's a pretty easy sell to the players to come out to Hawaii to compete for your country and your team. It should be really fun. It's been a while since we played in the Islands, so we're really excited to come back and show what Davis Cup is about".
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Australia are favourites at home against Brazil
"The most pleasant thing is players making themselves available to represent their country, despite all having busy schedules, especially top players like Nick [Kyrgios] and Alex [de Minaur] and it's something that makes me extremely proud. Our goal is to put ourselves in a position to be in Madrid and give ourselves the opportunity to play for the Davis Cup. There are a lot of things we have learnt from playing in Madrid last year but also there are a lot of positives to take away from that experience".
* statements to Tennis Australia
Johan van Herck (BEL)
Belgium travels to Hungary
"David [Goffin] wants to prioritise his preparation for the hard court tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, which will begin the week after this Davis Cup tie. We, of course, regret that we cannot line up the strongest team. But experience from the past has taught us that we can deliver solid performances in the Davis Cup. We have full confidence in the qualities of Kimmer [Coppejans], Ruben [Bemelmans], Arthur [de Greef], Joran [Vliegen] and Sander [Gille]. Together, we will do everything to win qualification for the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid".
* statements to the Royal Belgian Tennis Federation
Michael Kohlman (GER)
For the second year Germany is host in the Qualifiers, this time against Belarus
"With these five players, we performed very well in the Finals last November. With Jan-Lennard [Struff] we have a very versatile and experienced player and Philipp [Kohlschreiber] is still extremely important for the team and as a leader. I am convinced that they will work well again in Düsseldorf. The Belarusians should not be underestimated in any way and will want to test us. However, in addition to being well prepared for the tie, we can also rely on the support of the tennis fans in Düsseldorf".
* statements to the German Tennis Federation (DTB)
Paul Haarhuis (HOL)
Netherlands faces Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan
"It would be fantastic to qualify again for the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid. It was a great event last year with plenty of Davis Cup atmosphere. This weekend in Kazakhstan we will do our utmost to reach the Finals".