The International Tennis Federation announced on Thursday that Feliciano Lopez has been named the tournament director for the Davis Cup finals. The 41-year-old Lopez, who four times won competition with Spain, intends to retire from playing after this season. Four European cities will host the group stage from September 12 to September 17, while Malaga, Spain will host the last-eight competition from November 21 to November 26.
Feliciano Lopez is a four-time Davis Cup champion and former world number 12 who has been the Madrid Open's director of play since 2019. The 41-year-old takes over the position from fellow countryman David Ferrer. "He is a Davis Cup legend and embodies everything the competition is about -- passion, entertainment and pride in representing your country," ITF president David Haggerty said.
“I have some special memories of playing in this competition so I am very happy to be taking a leading role in delivering these events,” Lopez said in the ITF announcement. “As tournament director, my sole focus will be to build on the recent success of the competition and make it the best it can be for players and supporters across the world.”
It will be interesting to see how Lopez carries out his duties of conducting the prestigious tournament. He has previous experience of managing tournaments, hence that would play to his advantage.