After being left off the Spain team on Monday, Rafael Nadal will miss the Davis Cup group round next month. Alexander Zverev will captain the German team.
The 36-year-old Nadal has won 22 Grand Slam singles victories, which is a record for men. He previously won the Australian Open and the French Open. However, he was forced to leave Wimbledon due to an abdominal ailment before his semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios was set to take place.
Nadal is back in action this week at the Cincinnati Masters in preparation for the US Open, but he won’t play in the Davis Cup for the first time since Spain won the competition for the fifth time in 2019 instead.
Instead, Spain will draw inspiration from teenage star Carlos Alcaraz. In Group B, which takes place in Valencia from September 13–18, Sergi Bruguera’s group will compete against Canada, Serbia, and South Korea.
The top two finishers in each of the four groups will advance to the Malaga knockout round in November.
Since suffering a terrible ankle injury during his Roland Garros semifinal match against Nadal in June, Zverev has not competed.
The world’s second-ranked player, though, will compete in Hamburg’s Group C games against France, Belgium, and Australia on home soil. In Glasgow, Andy Murray will play for the 2015 champions, Great Britain, against the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, and the United States.