Barcelona: New Spain captain Alex Corretja is hopeful that Rafael Nadal will be available to the Davis Cup champions despite the second-ranked Spaniard announcing he won't compete in the event in 2012.
Corretja said Wednesday that neither Nadal nor David Ferrer have told him personally they will be unavailable for the five-time winners, so the newly appointed captain plans to speak to the pair at the Australian Open to see if they could play certain matchups.
"My obligation as captain is to speak to all of the players and the coaches. Not one player has personally told me that they will not play," Corretja said from Barcelona's Olympic Stadium. "If some players say they need time to rest, I can only respect that and try to put together the best team possible for each series."