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Davis Cup: Argentina trained for the first time on the court where they will play the series with Finland

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It is that the scenario that will house the series, located in Espoo, the city on the Finnish south coast, half an hour away from helsinkihe was busy for a heavy metal recital and that is why he was just released for this day, which presupposes a setback in terms of adapting to the field.

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Those who took part in the Argentina trial were Francisco Cerundolothe team’s number one since its 31st place in the world ranking of the ATP (Diego Schwartzman occupies the 28th box but did not travel to Finland), plus debutants Pedro Cachín (68) and Facundo Bagnis (88), and doubles players Andrés Molteni (36) and Máximo González (45).

The practice was closely followed by the “Mago” Coria and his assistants Martín “Tero” García and Leo “Yaca” Mayerthe man from Corrientes who was champion of the Davis cup, and according to a source from the AAT informed Télam. the court “has a medium speed, less fast than that of the previous training sessions, with a low pitch although the ball does not skate as much”, which left a feeling of conformity.

The surface of the court, on a wooden base and with a special paint that allows it to acquire more or less speed at the kick of the ball, is similar to that used in ATP Vienna and Saint Petersburgas commented by the tennis players and members of the coaching staff headed by Coria.

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On the hosts’ side, the captain Jarkko Nieminena contemporary tennis player from Cordoba david nalbandian and to his own “Wizard” Coriawas also able to make contact with the court for the first time, although it is clear that they chose it because it is the surface that most favors the skills of their tennis players.

The main racket of Finland, Emil Ruusuvuori43 in the world and with good performances on fast courts, is shown as a valid option also for the doubles point, although that will only be clarified this Friday during the draw ceremony scheduled for noon,

The second single will be Otto Virtanen (181), who won the Bologna Challenger on hard surface in November last year and that positions him better than the other team members.

How the series will unfold

The series between Argentina and Finland It will begin on Saturday, from 12 in our country, with two singles matches that will cross the first single player from one team against the second from the other and vice versa.

The order will be drawn on Friday, while the action will continue on Sunday from 8 in Argentina with the doubles point, which is presumed to be decisive.

Then the last two games will close the series with the number one of each country face to face, although if the tie is defined before the fifth point may not be played, this is always resolved jointly by the captains.

The winners of the Qualifiers will advance to the group stage of the Finals, where they will be joined by the 2022 champions and runners-up. (Canada and Australia) and the two guests (Italy and Spain) until completing the 16 nations.

The group stage will be played the week of September 11, in four venues to be confirmed.

If Argentina loses against Finland, they will have to play a playoff to avoid relegation to the American zone.

The only precedent between the Argentines and Finns dates back to 1960 in Helsinki and Argentina won categorically 5-0 with a formation that included Eduardo Soriano and Roberto Aubone to play all the points.

As for the interest generated by the crossing between Argentina and Finland, the Metro Espoo Arena stadium has a capacity for some 8,000 people and the sale of advance tickets is progressing at a good pace due to the expectation generated in the host country by the possibility of winning and playing for the first time the Davis Finals.

Source: Ambito

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