Finland confirmed the reception of the Argentine national team – El Eco

Finland has confirmed the five players who will make up the team that will host the Argentine men’s tennis team in February 2023, in the Davis Cup qualifiers that will qualify 12 countries for the finals.

In this sense, the Finnish Tennis Federation (FFT) announced that captain Jarkko Nieminen has selected Emil Ruusuvuori, ranked 40th in the ATP world rankings, Otto Virtanen (176), Eero Vasa (1069), Patrik Niklas-Salminen (1202) and doubles player. Hari Heliovara, 11th in the world in doubles.

In addition, it was confirmed that the series will be shown on February 4 and 5 in the city of Espoo on the country’s southern coast, a 25-minute drive from the capital, Helsinki.

The stadium where it will be held will be the Espoo Metro Areena, with a capacity of 6,982 people for ice hockey matches, which is the most common use, while up to 8,582 people can enter when hosting parties.

The February series will be on hardcourt and indoors due to the extremely cold and sometimes snowy weather that prevails in Europe at that time of year, and Argentina’s captain, Guillermo “Mago” Coria, has time until January 6 to hand in the official list with the tennis players who will play the tie.

In this context, Korea will have to do “magic” to seduce the tennis players who, in the first days of February, will focus on the clay court tour in South America, which includes the Cordoba Open and the Argentina Open in those weeks.

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According to a person close to Coria, admitted to Tellam, Diego Schwartzman (25) and Sebastian Paez (43) won’t be in Finland to prioritize their calendar, as doubles player Horacio Zeballos (14 on the planet in the major) will. On their side will be Francisco Serondolo (30), Pedro Cachin (57), Federico Correa (75) Thomas Martín Echeverri (79), also doubles players Andrés Molteni (48) and Máximo González (45).

The four countries that advanced directly to the 2023 Finals have already been determined: Canada and Australia, i.e. the 2022 champions and runners-up, as well as Italy and Spain, who each received special invitations. The others must play in the qualifiers that will decide the other 12 countries.

Argentina, led by “Mago” Korea, played in the 2022 finals and was eliminated in the group stage that was held in Bologna, losing all three of its matches, with Sweden, Croatia and Italy, respectively.

Therefore, in order for the Davis Cup Finals to be played again, the hurdle posed by Finland as a visitor would have to be overcome, with a system of play involving two singles on the first day plus doubles and one singles on the second day.

The only precedent between the Argentines and the Finns dates back to 1960 in Helsinki and Argentina emphatically won 5-0 with a line-up featuring Eduardo Soriano and Roberto Obon to take all the points.

The rest of the crosses in the qualifiers are as follows:

Croatia, Austria, France, Hungary, United States, Uzbekistan, Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway, Belgium, South Korea, Sweden, Bosnia, Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Chile, Colombia and Great Britain.

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