1976 champions Italy have finished as runners-up six more times - and are looking to add another piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet come November in Madrid. They made it only as far as the quarterfinals in 2018, losing 3-1 to defending champions France.
They have a great blend of youth and experience in their 2019 team. Marco Cecchinato wowed the tennis world with his run to the 2018 French Open semi-finals, and the 26-year-old is joined by colleagues including the long-serving Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini.
Davis Cup Qualifiers by BNP Paribas 2019
ITALY defeated INDIA 3-1
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DID YOU KNOW THAT...?
Italy's Nicola Pietrangeli is the leading all-time Davis Cup player, and holds the records for playing the most rubbers (164), plus winning the most in both singles (78-32) and doubles (42-12). He is also one half of the most successful doubles partnership with Orlando Sirola (34-8).
In 2016, Paolo Lorenzi was part of the longest Davis Cup tie-break in World Group history, when he took the first set 16-14 against Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli.
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.