17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he intends to play at this year’s Davis Cup and is also eyeing the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The Davis Cup will be played in its new remodeled, shorter format, which has been ushered in under significant criticism. “I would like to be there, but there are still a lot of months to go, seven or eight months, almost nine,” he said on Thursday. “It’s very difficult to predict what is going on in nine months, but my hope is to be there.”
Nadal had played one Davis Cup tie last year – against Germany in November. The Finals of the remodeled tournament will be played over a week in Madrid in November, with the intention being to attract big players like Nadal to the tournament.
The tournament’s new format, championed by investment group Kosmos led by Spanish football star Gerard Pique, has been slammed by a number of former players and pundits. Additionally, Nadal’s long-time rival and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer had said in October that the new Davis Cup format is “not designed for me.” “No, I highly doubt it, of course. We’ll see what happens,” he said about his possible participation.
“I don’t think this was designed for me, anyhow. This was designed for the future generation of players.”
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