Madrid: Carlos Moya, the former world No. 1 and winner of the 1998 French Open, has been named Spain's Davis Cup captain for the 2014 edition of that international team competition.
The 37-year-old Moya said at his official presentation Thursday at the Superior Sports Council in Madrid that he was counting on the participation of the world's current top-ranked player, 13-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.
Moya, like Nadal, is a native of the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca and served as an early mentor for the Spanish great. But the 27-year-old Nadal's chase of Roger Federer's Grand Slam record (17 major titles) might make Davis Cup a tough sell.