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 current captain Corrado Barazzutti as part of that team. They have been finalists on six further occasions but have never regained the title.
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
Barazzutti is a former Davis Cup winner (1976) who played 32 ties over 13 years. He made his debut in the competition as a 17-year-old – the year before he turned professional. He also reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams – the US Open in 1977 and the French Open in 1978.