Spain PM honors Davis Cup-winning team in ceremony
Spain’s prime minister honored the Davis Cup-winning team in a
ceremony Monday at his official residence.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero praised the players for
successfully defending the title after completing a 5-0 victory
over the Czech Republic in the final on Sunday.
Zapatero says the country’s overall sporting success has
coincided with a period of dominance in tennis, adding the team
sets a great example and that no one should underestimate the
magnitude and difficulty of its achievements.
“We have a generation of athletes that is without doubt the
best in the history of Spain,” Zapatero said. “You know how to
win with humility and elegance, you know how to play and fight
during the tough moments and you have shown us how it’s done.”
Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, a four-time French Open champion,
was singled out by Zapatero for special praise.
“You are a magnificent symbol and ambassador. Someone who shows
us how things should be done, how to be a great sportsman and
person,” Zapatero said, before adding that next year he “want to
see you here again.”
Spain has won four Davis Cup finals, 20 consecutive best-of-five
series on clay and 18 straight series at home going back to