The Davis Cup trophy is due to arrive in Seville, the host city of this year’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, on 26 October after a four-hour journey down the Guadalquivir River.
The 111-year-old cup will be departing by boat from San Lucas de Barrameda, the so-called Gate of America (Puerta de America), and will stop at 13:00 next to The Golden Tower (Torre del Oro), one of Seville’s most famous landmarks.
The trophy will be welcomed by Spanish captain Albert Costa and the Mayor of Seville, Juan Ignacio Zoido. After the journey, RFET President Jose Luis Escanuela and the Mayor will sign the agreement that confirms Seville as the hosting city for the Final, which sees Spain face Argentina on 2-4 December.
“We wanted the trophy to go from San Lucas to Seville remembering the start of the first travel around the globe in history, 500 years ago, which was very important for the globalisation and the creation of strong ties between Spain and Argentina,” said Escanuela.
“It will be a good way of welcoming this trophy, a symbol of tennis worldwide, a sport so prone to emotions and feats, so attached to the effort and reward of so many tennis players who have reached the glory in its pursuit.”
The RFET has also been working together with Seville’s city council on an exhibition about the history of Spain in Davis Cup. It is scheduled to begin in November and the main attraction will be the trophy itself.