The Spanish clay of Torre Pacheco Murcia burns orange.
The distant hills of this parched region of Spain shimmer in the sun.
The Spanish flags flutter like red and golden flames.
The packed stadium throbs with the passionate heat of the home crowd.
And Spain’s tennis elite occupy their own small cauldron alongside the court, fired up from watching their compatriots power their way inexorably to victory.
Spain’s Davis Cup team is hot property, and there is no sign of its fire being extinguished any time soon, because this squad is awash with men in the top 50 or so places of the ATP rankings.
It’s all enough to get anyone with an eye for a shapely male calf a little hot under the collar.
Because this apparently bottomless pool of talent is awash with men who bring just a little more to the sport than their outstanding tennis.
This personal selection delves into the qualities of the six who make up the current 2009 squad: that they happen to be memorable for more than just their tennis is purely coincidental.