Nadal says US surface choice should be ruled out

Rafael Nadal says he supports the Spanish federation’s appeal

over the United States’ choice of playing surface for the Davis Cup


Nadal said on Wednesday that the American team’s choice of

surface- called Indoor Hard Premiere- was unknown to him and his


The world’s top-ranked player said ”if at the end (the surface)

is not among the official ones it should be ruled out or stiff

fines should be applied, because for tournaments like that $50,000

is peanuts.”

The Spanish federation says the company that makes the surface

is not included in the list of 91 manufacturers approved by the

International Tennis Federation. The only tournament played on the

surface last year was in San Jose.

The July 8-10 quarterfinal will be played in Austin, Texas.