January 22, 2017

Johanna Konta Heads Nominations for 2017 Fed Cup Zone Group I Events

ITF: (January 10, 2017) World No. 10 Johanna Konta heads the nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 6-11 February in the same week as the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 11-12 February.

 

The ITF has announced the full nominations for Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

The draws for all three Zone Group I events will be held at Melbourne Park on Monday 16 January at 10am GMT.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 22-23 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

Eight top 50 players will contest Zone Group I events, with Great Britain’s Konta joined in Europe/Africa Zone Group I by Hungary’s Timea Babos, Croatia’s Ana Konjuh and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, while in Asia/Oceania Zone Group I, hosts Kazakhstan have named Yuliya Putintseva and Yaroslava Shvedova, with Japan being led by Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

 

Nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February will be announced on Wednesday 1 February.

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Tallink Tennis Centre, Tallinn, Estonia (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February

 

Austria
Barbara Haas
Tamira Paszek
Julia Grabher
Pia Konig
Captain: Jurgen Waber

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina
Dea Herdzelas
Jelena Simic
Anita Husaric
Nefisa Berberovic
Captain: Vojin Sukalo

 

Bulgaria
Tsvetana Pironkova
Isabella Shinikova
Viktoriya Tomova
Sesil Karatantcheva
Captain: Dora Rangelova

 

Croatia
Ana Konjuh
Donna Vekic
Tena Lukas
Lea Boskovic
Captain: Iva Majoli

 

Estonia
Anett Kontaveit
Valeria Gorlats
Maileen Nuudi
Maria Lota Kaul
Captain: Marten Tamla

 

Georgia
Sofia Shapatava
Ekaterine Gorgodze
Mariam Bolkvadze
Oksana Kalashnikova
Captain: Margalita Chakhnashvili

 

Great Britain

Johanna Konta
Heather Watson
Laura Robson
Jocelyn Rae
Captain: Anne Keothavong

 

Hungary
Timea Babos
Dalma Galfi
Fanni Stollar
Agnes Bukta
Captain: Gabor Juhasz

 

Israel

Julia Glushko
Deniz Khazaniuk
Maya Tahan
Shelly Krolitzky
Captain: Tzipora Hirsh-Obziler

 

Latvia
Jelena Ostapenko
Diana Marcinkevica
Daniela Vismane
Captain: Andis Juska

 

Poland
Magda Linette
Katarzyna Piter
Paula Kania
Magdalena Frech
Captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

 

Portugal
Michelle Larcher de Brito
Ines Murta
Maria Joao Koehler
Joana Vale Costa
Captain: Neuza Silva

 

Serbia
Nina Stojanovic
Ivana Jorovic
Dejana Radanovic
Olga Danilovic
Captain: Tatjana Jecmenica

 

Turkey
Cagla Buyukakcay
Ipek Soylu
Ayla Aksu
Pemra Ozgen
Captain: Alaaddin Karagoz

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Club Deportivo la Asuncion, Metepec, Mexico (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 6-11 February

 

Argentina
Catalina Pella
Nadia Podoroska
Guadalupe Perez Rojas
Maria Irigoyen
Captain: Marcelo Gomez

 

Bolivia
Noelia Zeballos
Hortencia Birnbaumer
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
Paola Vargas
Captain: Rolando Nieva

 

Brazil
Teliana Pereira
Carolina Meligeni Rodrigues Alves
Gabriela Ce
Luisa Stefani
Captain: Fernando Roese

 

Canada
Francoise Abanda
Bianca Andreescu
Charlotte Robillard-Millette
Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

 

Chile
Daniela Seguel
Fernanda Brito
Barbara Gatica
Daniela Lopez
Captain: Jorge Ibanez Garcia

 

Colombia
Mariana Duque-Marino
Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez
Emiliana Arango
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
Captain: Catalina Castano

 

Mexico
Renata Zarazua
Marcela Zacarias
Giuliana Olmos
Nazari Urbina
Captain: Agustin Moreno

 

Paraguay
Veronica Cepede Royg
Montserrat Gonzalez
Camila Giangreco Campiz
Lara Escauriza
Captain: Alfredo de Brix

 

Venezuela
Andrea Gamiz
Aymet Uzcategui
Adriana Perez
Maria Gabriela Linares de Faria
Captain: William Campos

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (hard – indoors)

Dates: 8-11 February

 

China, P.R.
Duan Ying-Ying
Zhu Lin
Zhang Kai-Lin
Yang Zhaoxuan
Captain: Wang Peng

 

India
Ankita Raina
Karman Kaur Thandi
Snehadevi S Reddy
Sania Mirza
Captain: Nandan Bal

 

Japan
Misaki Doi
Naomi Osaka
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi

 

Kazakhstan

Yuliya Putintseva
Yaroslava Shvedova
Galina Voskoboeva
Kamila Kerimbayeva
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

Korea, Republic
Jang Su Jeong
Han Na-Lae
Kim Nari
Choi Ji-Hee
Captain: Kim Jin Hee

 

Philippines
Katharina Lehnert
Anna Clarice Patrimonio
Khim Iglupas
Playing captain: Czarina-Mae Arevalo

Thailand
Luksika Kumkhum
Peangtarn Plipuech
Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Kamonwan Buayam
Captain: Tamarine Tanasugarn

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Kathy Rinaldi Named US Fed Cup Captain

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., December 8, 2016 – The USTA announced that Kathy Rinaldi has been named U.S. Fed Cup Captain. This announcement coincides with an expansion of the captain’s role. In this redefined position, the U.S. Fed Cup Captain will more closely work with Team USA players throughout the WTA Tour year, as well as support players in the offseason. Rinaldi will also work hand-in-hand with all departments of the USTA, including Player Development, to achieve maximum results. Mary Joe Fernandez previously held the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain, stepping down in October, after 8 years at the post.

“Kathy brings a rare combination of skills to the Fed Cup captaincy. She was a top-ten player when competing on the WTA Tour and now is a top-flight coach with impeccable credentials. Kathy already commands the respect and confidence of the U.S. players. This coupled with her leadership experience, and winning mentality makes her the ideal individual to ensure that the team is best composed, and best prepared, to compete with whatever opponent is across the net,” said Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA. “Just as importantly, Kathy understands the significance of working with our Community Tennis group to promote the game at the youth level – which will only help to recruit and develop the next generation of Fed Cup and Davis Cup players for the United States.”

Rinaldi, 49, was ranked as high as No. 7 in the world in singles (May 1986) and No. 13 in the world in doubles (February 1993). In 1981, she became the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days), a record that stood until 1990. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1981, at age 14, and again in 1987. Rinaldi advanced to the singles semifinals of Wimbledon in 1985 and reached the doubles semifinals of the 1985 US Open, the 1987 French Open, and the Australian Open in 1991 and 1993. She won three WTA singles titles and two doubles titles in her career. She received the WTA Newcomer of the Year honor in her rookie season in 1981 at age 14, as well as a WTA Comeback Player of the Year award in 1989 after suffering an injury in 1987. Rinaldi also competed for the U.S. vs. Great Britain in the Wightman Cup competition, winning in 1983, ’85-86.

As a coach, Rinaldi currently serves as Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women for USTA Player Development, focused on helping American pros achieve Top-100 rankings. She has coached the U.S. to multiple junior international team competition titles, including the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup (2012, 2014) and the 14-and-under World Junior Tennis (2009-10), and coached the U.S. women in the Pan-American Games in 2015. Rinaldi has also coached a multitude of American junior and pro women on either a primary or supplemental basis, and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Coach of the Year for tennis in 2011.

“The change in the role of the Fed Cup Captain is part of the USTA’s attempt to align all of our divisions for the greatest benefit of American tennis,” said Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. “In Kathy, we have someone that understands the importance of this, as well as someone uniquely qualified and equipped to work with players throughout the year, benefitting the overall development of American professionals, while at the same time raising the level of the U.S. Fed Cup team.”

“This is an unbelievable opportunity, and I am incredibly excited and honored to take on the position of U.S. Fed Cup Captain. I believe that my experiences as both a player and a coach have given me insight that will help me to succeed in this role and can assist in getting the U.S. Fed Cup team to the next level.” said Kathy Rinaldi, Fed Cup Captain and Lead National Coach, Team USA – Pro Women. “I look forward to working closely with the players throughout the year as we move forward in our goal of bringing the Fed Cup back to the United States.”

 

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Argentina Rallies to Win First Davis Cup Title

 

 

(November 27, 2016) Argentina rallied from a 1-2 deficit going into the final day to beat Croatia 3-2 to win their first Davis Cup title on Sunday in Zagreb.

In reverse singles, world No. 38 Juan Martin del Potro came back from two sets down for the very first time in his career to beat No. 6 Marin Cilic 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in four-hours and fifty-three minutes to level the tie in the opening match at 2-2.

Frederico Delbonis clinched the title for Argentina with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 two-hour and nine-minute win over No. 20 Ivo Karlovic in Arena Zagreb.

This was the fifth Davis final in which Argentina participated. They lost in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Croatia was trying to win their second title. They were victorious in 2005.

Argentina is only the third team since the World Group began in 1981, to come back from a 1-2 deficit to win the title.

The southpaw, No. 41 Delbonis said “This is fabulous.” “We somewhat felt we could do it despite trailing after the doubles.”

“We played with our heart and tried to do the best.”

 

 

“I was calm, I hoped all the time that I could win and I did it,” said Del Potro to media.  The 2009 US Open champion injured his pinky in the fifth set. “I’m very happy to hand my team a chance of a victory.”

“It is very difficult to lose such an important match,” Cilic said of the almost five-hour match. “I feel a lot of disappointment.”

“After losing the third set, I was still confident I could win as he looked tired,” Cilic said. “I started pushing a bit too hard, handing him a chance for a comeback.”

 

“We did what we had to do,” said Argentina’s Davis cup coach Daniel Orsanic. “We could have lost, but the guys were amazing today. Juan Martin won an incredible match and Federico played the best match of his life. I dreamed for this so many times.”

DAVIS CUP
2016 World Group Final
CROATIA 1, ARGENTINA 1
Venue: Arena Zagreb, Croatia

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Federico Delbonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-2
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5
Ivan Dodig / Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Leonardo Mayer / Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-3
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-7 (4), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3
Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

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Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., to host USA vs Switzerland Davis Cup Tie in February

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USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 17, 2016 – The USTA announced that the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, Ala., has been selected as the site for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round between the United States and Switzerland, Feb. 3-5. Davis Cup will return to Birmingham for the first time since 2009, when the city also hosted Switzerland in the World Group First Round at the BJCC. In that tie, the U.S. team of Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Switzerland, 4-1. The Swiss team was led by 2016 US Open singles champion Stan Wawrinka.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis and is the largest annual international team competition in sport with approximately 135 nations competing each year.

The best-of-five match series between the U.S. and Switzerland begins on Friday, Feb. 3, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five tiebreak sets; the first country to win three matches wins the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

“Birmingham was a fantastic host for our players, fans, and staff in 2009 and we are thrilled to be coming back,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President. “Davis Cup is a unique event and we look forward to showcasing high-quality tennis, while also growing the game in this community. We expect fans to fill the stands and to come out once again to cheer on Team USA to victory in our first step to the Davis Cup trophy.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. CT. An exclusive pre-sale for USTA members will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Thursday, Dec. 8. From Friday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 5, only three-day ticket packages will be sold at prices ranging from $90 to $500 ($30 to $166 per day), representing the greatest initial ticket value. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. CT and pending availability, fans will then have access to only single-day tickets for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday with prices ranging from $40 to $175 per day. Fans are encouraged to purchase three-day ticket packages to take advantage of the best prices and to ensure availability.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.usta.com/daviscup or by calling 888-484-USTA (8782).

The USTA has partnered with Bruno Events Team and The City of Birmingham to bring this event to Birmingham.

“Showcasing such a high-caliber tennis event right here in Birmingham is extremely exciting for our city,” stated Gene Hallman, CEO of Bruno Event Team and Executive Director of the Alabama Sports Council. “This event will reinforce Birmingham’s reputation as being a superior host to a wide variety of sporting events and we couldn’t be more excited to once again bring world-class tennis to Birmingham.”

“It’s an honor for the City of Birmingham to be selected to host the 2017 Davis Cup First Round tie with the USA versus Switzerland,” stated City of Birmingham Mayor William Bell. “The city has been working hard to bring this event back to Birmingham for quite some time and everything has finally come together. We look forward to hosting both teams and expect fans to come out and support the event.”

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Quarterfinal, April 7-9, and will play either the Czech Republic or Australia. The losing nation will compete in the World Group Playoff, Sept. 15-17, for the right to remain in the World Group in 2018.

U.S. Davis Cup Team Captain Jim Courier will select the four players to represent the United States no later than ten days prior to the event. The U.S. team is expected to be led by Top 25 players Jack Sock and John Isner.

The U.S. holds a 3-1 record over the Switzerland in Davis Cup. The U.S. last faced Switzerland in the 2012 World Group First Round in Fribourg, Switzerland. The U.S. swept that tie, 5-0, with Isner upsetting Roger Federer and Mardy Fish beating Wawrinka before the Bryan brothers secured the win for the U.S. In addition to facing Switzerland in Birmingham in 2009, the U.S. also squared off against the Swiss in 1992 and 2001, with Switzerland’s only win coming in 2001.

The site selection is subject to final approval by the International Tennis Federation.

Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group First Round.

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Nominations Announced for 2016 Davis Cup Final

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Nominations announced for Davis Cup BY BNP Paribas Final
Argentina and Croatia have announced their team nominations for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final, which takes place at the Arena Zagreb on 25-27 November. While Argentina named its team a fortnight ago, Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan waited until Tuesday’s deadline to reveal his line-up.
Borna Coric is named in the Croatian team despite concerns over his fitness, with world No. 7 Marin Cilic, Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig completing the quartet. They will take on an Argentinian outfit led by Olympic silver medallist Juan Martin del Potro.
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ITF Launches Next Phase of its International Team Competitions Strategy

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21 September 2016

 

International Tennis Federation launches the next phase of its international team competitions strategy

 

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) today announced the next phase of its international team competitions strategy. With an emphasis on format changes to Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas at all levels of the competitions, this next phase will also look at innovative new ways to host both finals.

 

The next phase will include:

 

  • The launch of an open bid process to assess fixed host cities for the Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals – a model used by events including the UEFA Champions League Final, Superbowl and European Rugby Champions Cup;

 

  • Further steps towards the introduction of a 16-team World Group for Fed Cup by BNP Paribas via the introduction of a Final Four event;

 

  • A full industry consultation on scheduling alternatives for the 2020 season;

 

  • A review of current match formats used in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, particularly the current best-of- five-sets approach and scheduling requirements during the week;

 

  • An extensive feasibility study, by the newly created Davis & Fed Cup Taskforce, of format changes below World Group to better support and encourage involvement in both Davis and Fed Cup – particularly by developing tennis nations, and to further increase worldwide interest and viewership;

 

  • A full assessment of current staging options for host venues and cities;

 

  • A review of Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup including the potential benefits of introducing new age group events;

 

All recommendations will be put to the ITF AGM in August 2017 with all changes requiring a formal vote of approval.

 

The bidding process for National Associations and cities interested in hosting the Finals will begin in December 2016 with the decision on successful bids anticipated to be made in the summer of 2017.

 

 

Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas have enjoyed significant fan growth over the past two years. Fan attendance has risen to 700,000 spectators annually, with the 2014 Davis Cup Final in Lille attracting the largest ever attendance for a recognised tennis match of 27,448 spectators. Broadcast of both events has now reached 3.6 billion households across 156 territories and the ITF has grown its combined social media audience to 1 million worldwide.

 

The draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be made in London on Thursday 22 September. The final of the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 12-13 November at Rhenus Sport stadium in Strasbourg. The final of the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held on 25-27 November with the venue to be announced shortly.

 

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 135 teams entered in 2016. The competition is 116 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and Betway (Official Betting Sponsor). beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis, www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial and www.DavisCup.tv

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Davis Cup Draws – 15 September 2016

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15 September 2016

MURRAY to face del potro in blockbuster opener
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fans in Glasgow will be treated to a repeat of the Olympic final on Friday, with world No. 2 Andy Murray taking on Juan Martin del Potro in semifinal action.

Almost five weeks after their thrilling encounter in the final at the Rio Olympics, Murray and Del Potro will lock horns once again in a blockbuster start to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal between Great Britain and Argentina.

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Croatia’s Borna Coric will take on France’s Richard Gasquet in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinal at the Kresimir Cosic Hall in Zadar.

Former Davis Cup by BNP Paribas champions France will have a mountain to climb in their mouth-watering semifinal tie against hosts Croatia, who will be roared on by a passionate crowd in Zadar’s Kresimir Cosic arena.

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Nominations announced for Davis Cup World Group Semifinals, Play-offs and Zone Group Ties

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(September 6, 2016) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties taking place on 16-18 September. A total of 18 ties will be held next week.

 

The draws for all ties will be held on Thursday 15 September.

 

The two semifinal winners will contest the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final on 25-27 November. The eight winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2017 World Group, while the eight losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2017. The Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Thursday 22 September at 13:00 local time (12:00 GMT).


WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN v ARGENTINA

Venue: Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Great Britain

Andy Murray

Daniel Evans

Kyle Edmund

Jamie Murray

Captain: Leon Smith

 

Argentina

Federico Delbonis

Guido Pella

Leonardo Mayer

Juan Martin del Potro

Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

CROATIA v FRANCE

Venue: Kresimir Cosic Hall, Zadar, CRO (hard – indoor)

 

Croatia

Marin Cilic

Borna Coric

Ivan Dodig

Marin Draganja

Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Gael Monfils

Nicolas Mahut

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

UZBEKISTAN v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Olympic Tennis School, Tashkent, UZB (clay – outdoor)

 

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin

Farrukh Dustov

Sanjar Fayziev

Jurabek Karimov

Captain: Petr Lebed

 

Switzerland

Henri Laaksonen

Adrien Bossel

Antoine Bellier

Johan Nikles

Captain: Severin Luthi

 

BELGIUM v BRAZIL

Venue: Sleuyter Arena, Ostend, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Belgium

David Goffin

Steve Darcis

Ruben Bemelmans

Joris de Loore

Captain: Johan van Herck

 

Brazil

Thomaz Bellucci

Thiago Monteiro

Marcelo Melo

Bruno Soares

Captain: Joao Zwetsch

 

AUSTRALIA v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Sydney, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Australia

Nick Kyrgios

Bernard Tomic

Sam Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

 

Slovakia

Martin Klizan

Lukas Lacko

Andrej Martin

Igor Zelenay

Captain: Miloslav Mecir

 

CANADA v CHILE

Venue: Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Canada

Vasek Pospisil

Frank Dancevic

Denis Shapovalov

Daniel Nestor

Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

Chile

Gonzalo Lama

Christian Garin

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Nicolas Jarry

Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

RUSSIA v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: National Tennis Center, Moscow, RUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Russia

Andrey Kuznetsov

Evgeny Donskoy

Konstantin Kravchuk

Andrey Rublev

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Kazakhstan

Mikhail Kukushkin

Andrey Golubev

Aleksandr Nedovyesov

Dmitry Popko

Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

INDIA v SPAIN

Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

India

Saketh Myneni

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Rohan Bopanna

Leander Paes

Captain: Anand Amritraj

 

Spain

Rafael Nadal

David Ferrer

Feliciano Lopez

Marc Lopez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

GERMANY v POLAND

Venue: Rot-Weiss Tennis Club, Berlin, GER (clay – outdoor)

 

Germany

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Florian Mayer

Jan-Lennard Struff

Daniel Brands

Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

Poland

Kamil Majchrzak

Hubert Hurkacz

Lukasz Kubot

Marcin Matkowski

Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

JAPAN v UKRAINE

Venue: Utsubo Tennis Center, Osaka, JPN (hard – outdoor)

 

Japan

Kei Nishikori

Yuichi Sugita

Yoshihito Nishioka

Taro Daniel

Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

Ukraine

Illya Marchenko

Sergiy Stakhovsky

Artem Smirnov

Danylo Kalenichenko

Captain: Mikhail Filima

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Bastad Tennis Stadium, Bastad, SWE (clay – outdoor)

 

Sweden

Elias Ymer

Isak Arvidsson

Fred Simonsson

Mikael Ymer

Captain: Fredrik Rosengren

 

Netherlands

Robin Haase

Thiemo de Bakker

Tim Van Rijthoven

Jean-Julien Rojer

Captain: Jan Siemerink

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

PORTUGAL v SLOVENIA

Venue: Clube de Tenis de Viana, Viana do Castelo, POR (clay – outdoor)

 

Portugal

Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Pedro Sousa

Frederico Ferreira Silva

Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Slovenia

Grega Zemlja

Tomislav Ternar

Tom Kocevar-Desman

Sven Lah

Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND RELEGATION PLAY-OFF

 

NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN

Venue: Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, NZL (hard – indoor)

 

New Zealand

Finn Tearney

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Marcus Daniell

Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

Pakistan

Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar

Samir Iftikhar

Aisam Qureshi

Playing Captain: Aqeel Khan

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC v COLOMBIA

Venue: Centro Español Inc, Santiago de los Caballeros, DOM (clay – outdoor)

 

Dominican Republic

Victor Estrella Burgos

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez

Roberto Cid Subervi

Nick Hardt

Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

Colombia

Santiago Giraldo

Alejandro Gonzalez

Eduardo Struvay

Robert Farah

Captain: Pablo Gonzalez

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

LITHUANIA v BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA

Venue: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Lithuania

Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Tomas Vaise

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina

Damir Dzumhur

Mirza Basic

Tomislav Brkic

Nerman Fatic

Captain: Aljosa Piric

 

BELARUS v DENMARK

Venue: Republic Olympic Training Center, Minsk, BLR (hard – outdoor)

 

Belarus

Ilya Ivashka

Egor Gerasimov

Yaraslau Shyla

Max Mirnyi

Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

Denmark

Frederik Nielsen

Benjamin Hannestad

Thomas Kromann

Andreas Bjerrehus

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

THAILAND v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: The National Tennis Development Center, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Thailand

Kittipong Wachiramanowong

Pruchya Isarow

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Captain: Virat Baerrohim

 

Chinese Taipei

Yang Tsung-Hua
Lee Kuan-Yi
Hung Jui-Chen
Wang Chieh-Fu
Captain: Chiang Jinn-Yen

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

 

VENEZUELA v PERU

Venue: Cancha Central, Barcelona, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela

Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Jordi Munoz-Abreu

Roberto Maytin

Captain: Jose de Armas

 

Peru

tbc

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Cilic and Dodig Stun Bryan Brothers to Keep Croatia Alive in Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic

(July 16, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig spoiled team USA’s potential semifinal clinching party, when Croatia handed the Bryan brothers only their fifth loss in Davis Cup play 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 16 minutes on Saturday. The Croatians stay alive in the tie down 1-2 going into Sunday play.

The United States came into the day leading 2-0 after two singles victories on Friday hoping to seal a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals with the all-time doubles winners in Davis Cup and tennis history in the Bryan brothers. Team Croatia had other ideas.

Team Croatia substituted one Marin for another before the doubles rubber began. Cilic took Draganja’s place to play with Dodig. Croatia’s captain said they were thinking about the substitution on Friday night. Croatia came out firing, breaking serve at love tin the third game to go up 2-1, consoldating for 3-1. They broke again in the seventh game for 5-2 and closed out he set 6-2.

In the second set, the Bryans could not take advantage of a break point in the second game. Bryans break Dodig at 15 to tkae 4-2 lead, and get to Cilic to claim the set 6-2 to even up the match. The Bryans improved their play in the second set, whereas Cilic’s play fell off. The Bryans improved their first serve percentage, hit more winners and making only two unforced errors.

In set three, the Bryans squandered break points in Croatia’s opening service game but one felt the momentum was still on the Bryan’s side. That changed in the third game when Cilic hit a return of serve winner to break for 2-1. Croatia broke Bob Bryan’s serve for 4-1, but the Americans bounced back returning the favor for 2-4. Back to back to back breaks of serve gave Croatia a 5-2 lead which they served out 6-2 to go up two sets to one.
The Croatians hit 16 winners, while the US hit only five in the set. The visiting team broke serve three times in the third set.

The Bryans held on to a multi deuce game to open the fourth set, and fended off a break point in heir second service game.

Croatia broke serve at 15 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and made the break hold up and served out the match for the win 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The Bryan Brothers

The Bryan Brothers

For  the Bryans, this was only their fifth loss in a Davis Cup tie, all coming on home soil.   They have a 24-5 record in Davis Cup. They talked about the loss in their post match news conference:

“We just didn’t execute from — I think started off with the serve,” said Bob Bryan. “Weren’t making a lot of first serves. Weren’t getting them in trouble from the start. They started returning well and gaining confidence. They just kind of outplayed us in ever aspect of the game today.

“That’s really on us. Started turning the momentum around after the first set. Had some break points. I had a good look at a second serve forehand that I should have hit a little bit harder. I just kind of pushed it. That would’ve been a good opportunity to really keep the foot on the gas, so I wish I could have had that one back.

“But those guys are two good players. That’s the type of match that we have to play at the top of our game to take them out. We just didn’t do it. That has nothing to do with anything but ourselves. We take responsibility for that.”

“I mean, you know, you can serve well in practice,” said Mike Bryan. “When you get out there it’s a different monster when there is adrenaline and crowd and pressure.

“Obviously I think I was speeding up. When you speed up your motion you don’t get your toss up, and it’s a whole chain reaction.

“If I could have held that first game, got settled in the match, got some confidence in my serve, I think it could have been a little different.

“Credit to them. They made some good returns. Dodig hit a couple backhand winners. Once you get behind the eight ball you start thinking about it a little bit.”

Cilic made a major impact in the match. “Cilic is dangerous,” Bob Bryan added. “He brings great returns and some nasty groundies and his serve is pretty strong.”

“The difference was that Marin and Ivan played I would say really unbelievable tennis today,” said Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan. “Both just are on the top of their game, and Marin played the best doubles match of his life.

“Even though it’s against Bryans, just tough when he is serving the way he is and returning and everything is coming back and from the baseline there was no mistakes. I would say I don’t know who would beat them on a day like this when they play.

“Maybe just the Bryans didn’t play the best match of their life, but it was just too tough for them today to face these opponents.”

“Me and Ivan played few times also in Davis Cup; we played in Olympics in 2012,” Cilic said. “We played there really well. But we know that when we are on a good day we can play amazing tennis.

“That was today the case. We came up to the match with good tactics, good mindset, and we knew that if we play well that we are going to be able to beat them.

“Obviously the positive thing was that even I have beaten Bryans before and Ivan did also I guess few times, so that was a mindset that was giving us good strategy and we were able to prepare good for the match.”

Croatia was six for ten on break points, hitting 53 winners with 21 unforced errors.

Sunday’s play will consist of reverse singles. Leading off will be the battle between the No. 1 players on each team – John Isner versus Marin Cilic, followed by Jack Sock against Borna Coric (if necessary).

Cilic, who is 5-0 against Isner, says despite playing doubles, he’ll be ready on Sunday.

“I feel pretty much fine,” he said. “I had nine sets in two days, but the conditions here are not too difficult. The weather is favoring the players and the fans in the stands, so it’s not too humid and not too hot. Not too demanding.

“Obviously in Davis Cup it’s more bit tougher dealing with emotions as you are a little bit more pumped up and adrenaline kicks you in when you start the matches. That can take some energy. I feel pretty much fine.

“I played today great, and tomorrow I feel I’m going to be in good shape, too.”

Cilic talked about his tough five-set losses, to Sock on Friday and to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

“I was thinking a little bit after yesterday’s loss that I was maybe a little bit mentally drained from my loss from Wimbledon,” he said. “It still left a small mark in me and I wasn’t as, you know, emotionally pumped as today, which is obviously giving me good sensation for playing and good feeling. I can lift my game when I’m playing like this.

“I usually enjoy to play in Davis Cup because the team atmosphere, the energy, lifts my game up. Hopefully tomorrow I can do the same.”

The winner of this tie will play the winner of the Czech Republic/France tie in September in the Davis Cup semifinals.

The last time the United States won the Davis Cup was in 2007 in Portland.

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Jack Sock Rallies From Two Sets Down to Beat Marin Cilic; John Isner Also Wins, Gives USA 2-0 Lead in Davis Cup Quarterfinal

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

(July 15, 2016) BEAVERTON, Oregon – The United States is off to a 2-0 lead against Croatia in quarterfinal action in Davis Cup play on Friday at  the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon.

In the first rubber of the United States versus Croatia Davis Cup quarterfinal, 2014 US Open champion and No. 12 Marin Cilic took on No. 26 Jack Sock.

Sock rallied from two sets down to beat Cilic  4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

The first set saw little difference between both competitors, but Cilic sealed the break in the tenth game to claim the set 6-4.

The second set saw Cilic took advantage of three break point opportunities to take the set 6-3. Sock contributed 16 errors to his opponent’s cause in the set. Cilic had a medical time out after the seventh game of the set.

Sock drastically reduced his unforced error count in the third set, making only four while upping his first serve percentage making 16/17 to win the third set 6-3.

In the fourth set both men stayed even until the the ninth game, when the 23-year-old American broke serve at 30. Sock served out the set to even the match at 2-sets all.

Cilic broke Sock with a drop volley winner in the American’s first service game of the fifth set and consolidated for a 3-0 lead to start out the fifth set. Sock bounced back with a break in the fifth game to get to 2-3.

“Well, I wasn’t very happy down 3-0,” Sock said. Once again, just stayed the course. Having such an experienced player in Jim Courier on the bench with
you, you can’t ask for much more. He just kept me level headed and kept telling me to do the right things,which I had been doing for a few sets to get back.”
In the seventh game, Sock failed to take advantage of three break points and Cilic held off the inspired American to hold for 4-3.

Sock broke through in in the eighth game, setting up a break point on a drop volley winner for break point. Cilic hit a backhand volley wide to give team USA the break and a 5-4 lead.

As the old Ringo Star song goes “It Don’t Come Easy.” Sock had to fend off two break points in the tenth game to seal the three-hour and 13 minute match win. Final score 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

What made the difference in the match for Sock?

Sock said: “I mean, I had a ton of chances in the second. I didn’t get blown off the for two sets. I was up a break twice in the second. Struggled on my serve a little bit.

“But just maybe made a few smarter decisions on the serve. Made a lot more first serves to kind of put it in
the spots where I could get forehands, start the rally.

“Returning the whole time I felt like I could get in a lot of his games. The court is slow enough I could get back
on the serve and make it neutral.

“Just stayed the course really and was lucky enough to get the win.”

For Sock this was his first match on home soil in his Davis Cup career, he talked about this win being one of his career accomplishments.

“Haven’t played a ton of five-setters in my career. Haven’t come back from two sets to love down. To do that today, in front of
the home crowd for the team, it almost feels extra special today. Maybe if I had done it in another tournament – obviously playing individually there – to do it today for the team in this, the first match to get us off to a good start, feels unreal.”

“I was just a little bit unfortunate in the beginning of the third to lose my serve at the beginning, and then Jack started to serve really well from the beginning of the third,” Cilic said.

“Obviously I think he served much, much better in the fourth and fifth set. He was not giving me too many
chances on the return games. I had a break in the fifth that’s a little bit unfortunate to lose it. I was 3-1 up, 15-Love, and easy forehand in the middle of the court.

“Yeah, a little bit disappointed with that, just to lose that opportunity of getting that lead in the fifth set to make
that extra step to closing the match.

“You know, when I gave him a chance to come back I felt that he started to play also really well. He was very aggressive. Obviously last game I had 15-40 also to come back. You know, just one point where I went for a shot, missed a little bit.

“Overall, I think he played pretty good tennis in the last three sets. It’s not that I played so bad. I felt that
maybe I could have served better today. I was not serving as good as I can. Just from the game, obviously he’s very dangerous.
He can play very, very fast tennis. He’s got big forehand, so that was I think working well for him today.”

Tennis Panorama asked U.S. Davis Cup Jim Courier about he said to Sock after he went down two sets.

“Well, the second set Jack was up a break twice and was having trouble holding serve,” Courier said.

“Both of them were for that matter.

“But I felt like Jack was in a good position once the rallies got started. He just needed to execute.
“I though he was actually playing pretty well from a tactical standpoint in the second set. He just needed to lift his level a little bit and stay in there mentally and just be there.

“We also recognize that Marin had a tough loss in Wimbledon. He had chances to take out Roger Federer. Sometimes players coming off matches where they had match point and didn’t close a player out can be a little susceptible, too.

“So I was using that as a little bit of a carrot to keep Jack in there, too. Jack stayed in there point for point and fought hard and made it physical. He did a lot of great things out there today that will hopefully carry him to new places in his career.

“First time he’s come from two sets down. I think he learned a lot about himself out there. He deserves all the credit for it. He would’ve stayed in there I am pretty sure. He started to make that transition in the last month and a half or so mentally to sticking in there a little bit better.

“Today was just a manifestation of the work he’s been doing with Troy Hahn, his coach. Today it paid off for the team; certainly paid off big for him, too.”

On a day which saw top players Simona Halep and Milos Raonic withdraw from the Olympics due to concerns about the Zika Virus, both Cilic and Sock are looking forward to participating in the Olympic Games in Rio.

“Yeah, it’s really exciting” Sock commented. As a kid you grow up watching a lot of the Olympics – not only tennis, but a lot of the sports. Kind of a bucket list for every athlete I feel like to be able to represent your country on the biggest stage possible”

“I am very excited to get down there and rep the U.S., ” Sock an excited Sock. “Hopefully I can play some good tennis and wear the
colors proud. Definitely beyond happy.”

As for Cilic, “I’m going to play. A lot of guys have concerns about that (Zika virus), but I hope it’s going to be fine.”

Coric also commented on the Olympics: “As far as I’m concerned I’m going to play. I don’t have problems with Zika. Yeah, it’s going to be great experience for me. Going to be my first Olympics. I’m really looking forward to it.

“Obviously it’s very big thing. I’m only 19 and I’m going to be already there. Not many people can say that. So I’m just very proud of that. Obviously I’m just looking forward to it”

John Isner

John Isner

In the second rubber Borna Coric had no answers to John Isner’s serve, as the American nailed 23 aces in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over the teenage Croatianin a minute less than two hours.

The last of Isner’s aces came on match point.

Isner said that Sock’s comeback win helped his own momentum in his match.

“Oh, it helps a lot, he said. “I’m just sitting right here and he’s down two sets to love and things aren’t looking too good. He won the third set. I saw that he had a lot of positive energy on his side.

“Then he wins that fourth set, and I’m getting really animated in the locker room in the fifth set. He was able to pull it out playing incredible tennis.

“For me, it helps a lot. I feel like it takes a bit of pressure off me as well, knowing that regardless of what I do out there on the court, we’re not going to be losing. At worst, we’ll be 1-1.

“I was in a good spot going out there today thanks to Jack.”

Coric was pretty downcast after his loss to Isner.

“I lost, he said. “That’s what happened. I didn’t use my chances in the first two sets obviously. I had many chances to break him, and then on 5-4 in both sets I played really poor game. It was basically not much to say honestly.”

The USA is 0-3 against Croatia in Davis cup play, vying for a place in the semifinal round of Davis Cup.

The U.S. is 157-3 all-time when leading 2-0 after the first day of play and 40-1 when leading 2-0 since the World Group format began in 1981.

The doubles rubber will take place on Saturday with Bob and Mike Bryan of the USA going up against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja.

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