Monday, September 15, 2008
Madrid, the World Capital of Tennis in 2008
If you like tennis, you have to go to Madrid in September 2008! Spain will host the Davis Cup World Semifinals, Spain versus USA, (men). The match will take place at the city's famous bullfighting arena, Las Ventas. At the same time the World Fed Cup Final, Spain versus Russia, (women), will be in September too as it had been celebrated for the last years
The Spaniards are at their very best on a slow clay surface, while the Americans are likely to benefit from the higher altitude speeding up play. Las Ventas will join thousands of tennis lovers in this beautiful city despite of the opinion of the Spanish tennis players, who will have preferred to play at sea level, considering that Madrid is at 600 meters from sea level. The last time the USA played in Spain was the 2004 final in Seville in front of 27,000 fans, an historic record attendance for any celebrated tennis event.
This time, Nadal and the Spanish team are the favourites. They will play in front of 25,000 people that probably will rise everyone emotions within the match. This will be the 5th confrontation between Spain and USA in the last nine years, with a balance of 2-2 in the last four eliminatory.
Up to the moment, the decisive factor in these matches has been the court. Therefore, everybody expects a Spanish victory, because it is the most powerful team on clay surface. The winner team will play with the winner from Argentina versus Russia. Do not miss the best Spanish players in action: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano López...
The Final Fed Cup matches will be disputed in a more classic tennis court: Club de Campo Villa Madrid, with a capacity of 4,000 spectators. Also it will be play on clay surface. The female Russian team plays with advantage, but the Spanish one will try to win with the total support from their fans. Anabel Medina -N. 26 in the world, Nuria Llagostera -N. 93, Virginia Ruano -N. 102, and Carla Suárez -N.51 make up the Spanish team, coached by de Miguel Margets. The Russians have won three of the last four editions of the Fed Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2007. They eliminated the Spanish team in the last edition by an overwhelming 5-0 in first round.
Come to the world capital of tennis in 2008. The city of Madrid and the accommodations in the town will get crowded for that dates, so it is recommended to get ready with the lodging in advanced. Take a look to these beautiful Apartments in Madrid and enjoy your stay!