From November 14 to 16, Lille has turned out in its finest to welcome the semi-final of the Davis Cup with an event to decide which one of both semi-finalists would face Croatia in search of the prestigious salad bowl.
France and Spain were brought together in a classifying match in this beautiful city of the Hauts de France, capital of this region. As it could not be different, and given that it was a performance where the two countries that link our High Speed trains are involved, Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation was present in Lille to support both teams and enjoy the atmosphere in the streets and in Pierre Mauroy Stadium, where the show took place.
For the three days that the qualifying match lasted, the supporters of both countries filled with many colours and animation the stadium surroundings, as well as the most emblematic places of Lille, as for example the Place du Théâtre or the Place du Général de Gaulle.
Traditionally in tennis, the good atmosphere and the fair-play are prevailing among the public and the athletes and, despite the rivalry, this time too; the supporters of the two teams could enjoy the show that the tennis players gave us.
Pierre Mauroy Stadium, one of the most modern and impressive in Europe, has been adapted to become a tennis court with a capacity of 25,000 guests and with all the comfort of a first class facility.
We were also there with the winners of the contest that we organized through our Facebook page. We talked together and they explained how happy they were and how they enjoyed their journey in the train, with the views they had seen through the windows. Inveterate travellers, they also spoke about some of the destinations of our trains where they would like to travel to.
France and Spain, two of the countries that got the most trophies in this tournament, lived a match that the first one won, taking advantage of the fact that it played on its court and with the support of its compatriots who filled the stands. On its part, despite the last time out of its star Rafa Nadal, the Spanish team had many opportunities to win, above all the first day during the match between Lucas Pouille and Roberto Bautista Agut, who arrived until the fifth set, and that offered us some of the best moments of this qualifying round.
The final 3-2 gave both teams their due and stood up the French supporters who encouraged their team the Bleus without a break for the three days of the competition.
Though the rivalry, the supporters of both teams in harmony and in a feeling of brotherhood