The Azzurri team combines seniority and youth in their singles thanks to Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini who remain ranked along the best in the world. Lorenzo Sonego, Gianluca Mager, Stefano Trabaglia and Andreas Seppi -all in the 'top 100'- and Simone Bolelli in doubles are also favoured by the captain. They book their place at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals for the second year running thanks to victory over the Republic of Korea.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
Despite debuting in 1922, Italy has only lifted the Silver Salad Bowl once, in 1976, with former captain Corrado Barazzutti as part of that team. They have been finalists on six further occasions but have never regained the title.
Captain: Filippo Volandri
Filippo Volandri was named as the new captain of the Italian team on 23 January, replacing Corrado Barazzutti, who has held the position for 20 years. Volandri, who is about to turn 40, reached World No.25, won two titles as a professional and played in seven finals. He was called up 12 times to represent his country in the Davis Cup.