Madrid – Carlos Moya hopes his close relationship with Rafael Nadal will help convince him to play for Spain's Davis Cup team.
Moya was introduced Thursday as Spain's new Davis Cup captain, replacing Alex Corretja.
Moya's first match in charge of the five-time champions will be the first-round World Group tie against Germany from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
The 37-year-old Moya, winner of the 1998 French Open, says his friendship with Nadal could sway his fellow Mallorcan to play against Germany.
Nadal returned to play for Spain in the 5-0 win over Ukraine last month. That was his first Davis Cup appearance since the 2011 final.
Moya says he hasn't spoken to Nadal about his Davis Cup plans yet. – Sapa-AP