As if Nadal on clay isn’t intimidating enough, the Spanish are hosting team USA in a friggin’ bull ring this weekend for the Davis Cup semi-final. It’s sooo cool. Here’s more on the venue from the always excellent Davis Cup website:
The semifinal takes place at Madrid’s Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, the largest bullring in Spain, which opened in 1929, and has since played host to all the world’s leading matadors. The venue, which can seat more than 22,000 spectators, was universally acclaimed by the players and captains:
“The stadium is very impressive. We are excited to be playing here. The conditions are good and we are hoping to put on a good display for the public,” said Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez.
“With the spectators so close to the court, there’s sure to be an amazing atmosphere,” added Feliciano Lopez.
“It’s cool,” agreed Roddick, “and great that Spain can be represented in such a unique way.” His captain McEnroe added, “it’s an awesome site and should make for a great week.”
I think this might be the best Davis Cup venue ever! If Italy ever makes it to the semis, they should convert the Coliseum. Or how about some hard courts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? My imagination is running wild!