The Magic Box is transformed: from the earth to the fast track

GreenSet, the company of Javier Sánchez Vicario that also equips the ATP Finals, mounts the Davis tracks. Costa: "The last layer slows the ball a bit."

The Magic Box, headquarters of the finals this year and next, has transformed its appearance to host the Davis Cup (November 18-24). The clay courts characteristic of the Madrid Open have given way to other fast green ones, the hallmark of the competition.

The construction of the same is in charge of a Spanish company, GreenSet. The company of Javier Sánchez Vicario, brother of Arantxa and Emilio and who was also professional, assembles this fast surface that is characteristic of the end-of-season tournaments: Basel, Paris-Bercy, the Next Gen Finals and also the ATP Finals. The objective is that the physicist of the players does not accuse the change of floor in the last competition of the year, already with the body to the limit. GreenSet will also mount in 2020 the tracks of the Australian Open and those of the new ATP Cup, direct competition of the Davis to also be played by countries from next January 3,

"The height of Madrid makes the tracks quite fast, but the final layer will be more rugged than in London, so the ball slows down a bit more," explains Albert Costa, director of the finals. A concession to countries with fewer specialists in dura-indoor, such as Spain. The 667 meters above sea level of the capital are more conducive to selections such as Novak Djokovic's Serbia, Daniil Medvedev's Russia or Nick Kyrgios Australia.

The first team to land will be Kazakhstan on Monday. Spain plans to conduct its first training on Tuesday. Sergi Bruguera will have Feliciano López, Pablo Carreño and Marcel Granollers. Rafa Nadal, in the box, and Roberto Bautista, as first substitute, are in the Masters.

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