Spain picks Marbella for Great Britain clash
MARBELLA has been awarded the first round of next year’s Davis Cup. The Spanish Tennis Federation has chosen the Puente Romano hotel. The event will take place between February 2 and 4.
It is believed the Spanish players’ opinions were a deciding factor in the decision. They prefer to play at sea level, where the ball goes slower, hence Marbella proved more popular than its rival for the tie Granada.
The clay court currently has capacity for 2,500 people and will have to be expanded to fit 9,000 spectators. It is a stage that has hosted WTA tournaments and is a favourite training base for Novak Djokovic.
Marbella must pay a fee of €400,000 euros plus VAT, and also deal with organizational costs, mainly the increase of stands to get a higher capacity. The total cost will be around €1 million.
For this it will have the institutional support of the Junta.
The town hall will receive 50% of the money collected from the sale of tickets and season tickets for the three days of competition.
The result of the draw for the first round of the 2018 Davis Cup was announced on September 20, with the match between Spain and Great Britain.
The first time the city hosted the event was in 1989, where Spain played against Mexico in the first round on the courts of the Puente Romano Hotel. The other occasion was in 2009, hosted at the Puerto Banus bullring where Spain challenged Germany in the quarterfinals.
he Puente Romano has hosted the Davis Cup before, in 1989, when Spain played Mexico. The last time the competition was in the resort was in 2009, when the old Puerto Banús bullring was used. Stands will be put up so 8,500 spectators can attend the 2018 venue.