Friday, December 9, 2022

Moderate optimism in the fans before the debut of the “Armada”

This Tuesday the Davis Cup Final began in a majestic José María Martin Carpena Sports Palace. The competition was opened by Australia and the Netherlands in what was the prelude to the great quarterfinal match that this Wednesday will face Spain versus Croatia.

The outer part of the Palace, where the Fan Zone is located, was abuzz with fans from early afternoon, among which the Dutch stood out, with their typical orange suits, shirts and scarves, ready to cheer on their team from 4:00 p.m. hours into their quarter-final match against Australia.

Hundreds of fans from Malaga and from other parts of Andalusia and Spain also enjoyed the atmosphere of the Davis Cup, scattered around the stands of the different sponsoring brands of this event. There was also no shortage of music and games prepared by the organization, which delighted young and old alike.

Inside the Palace itself, distributed along the entrance, different entertainment areas were placed, such as a speed meter next to a racket, which when hitting the ball indicates how powerfully the ball has been hit. Or a simulation of a real track in “mini” size, so that adults and children can play a small game.

Among the followers of the “Armada”, division of opinions regarding the role that Spain can play in this Final Phase of the Davis Cup. The absences of Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz cause some misgivings among the fans for what may happen in this world event at the Palace.

Francisco Brenes, for example, was one of those consulted by The opinion of Malaga, who was quite optimistic: «I hope Spain wins, despite the two important casualties we have. You have to trust them, I think we reached the final. You have to take into account that other teams also have significant casualties.

Gil García does not see the “Armada” lifting the trophy. «I hope that Spain at least goes to the semifinals. The match against Croatia is feasible, but I don’t think we’ll get past the semifinals. The final is complicated.”

Miguel Ángel Pachón pulls from the heart to be optimistic. «As a Spaniard, I hope they do a good job. A difficult opponent awaits us in the quarterfinals, but we always hope to go through to the round and, of course, since we are in Spain, Davis stays at home.

Agustín Benito is clear that there are no options. «Spain will win the first round and will lose in the second. Without Alcaraz and Nadal we lack enough quality to think of something else.”

For her part, Trini María Garnica is somewhat more optimistic: “Despite neither Nadal nor Alcaraz being there, I think we have a good team and we can have a good result,” he wished.

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