Tennis star Nadal coming to Denmark

The "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal will play in Odense later this month, the Spanish federation confirmed on Tuesday.

Tennis star Nadal coming to Denmark
Rafael Nadal, one of the biggest names in men's tennis, will represent Spain in the Davis Cup. Photo: Streeter Lecka/Scanpix
Spanish stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer will make their long-awaited Davis Cup return when their country face Denmark in a Europe-Africa zone playoff tie from September 18-20.
The announcement is a huge boost for Spain who have not included world number eight Nadal in their side, since 2013 against Ukraine, and world number seven Ferrer who has not played since Spain lost the 2012 final against the Czech Republic in Prague.
Roberto Bautista, Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero complete the line-up which will be led by new captain Conchita Martinez.
“We have a spectacular team,” enthused Martinez, who assumed her post in the summer after a stand-off between the players and her predecessor Gala Leon.
“Our players are committed and motivated to lead the team forward, maintain our status and get back in the World Group next year,” added the 43-year-old, who remains the only Spanish woman to win the Wimbledon singles title with her 1994 victory over Martina Navratilova.
Nadal, the former world number one who this season failed to win a Grand Slam title for the first time since 2004, is expected to team up with Verdasco in the doubles.
He was narrowly beaten in five sets, at the third round stage, in the on-going US Open by Italian Fabio Fognini.
The tie to be played at Odense, Denmark, on a hard indoor surface will determine who stays in Group I.
The losers will face a final battle against Sweden in a bid to remain in the group just below the World Group level.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used