2013 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I Team Nominations


(October 15, 3013) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 25-27 October.


The two winners of these ties will remain in Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2014, while the two losers will be relegated to 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Group II.


The draws for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 12:00 GMT on Monday 28 October. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 28 October.



Venue: Tennis Palace of Army Central Sport Club, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)


Alex Bogomolov Jr
Andrey Kuznetsov
Karen Khachanov
Konstantin Kravchuk
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

South Africa

Dean O’Brien
Tucker Vorster
Jacob de Klerk
Raven Klaasen
Captain: John-Laffnie de Jager

Idrottens Hus, Helsingborg, SWE (hard – indoor)


Markus Eriksson
Patrik Rosenholm
Robert Lindstedt
Johan Brunstrom
Captain: Fredrik Rosengren


Frederik Nielsen
Martin Pedersen
Thomas Kromann
Mikael Torpegaard
Captain: Kenneth Carlsen


2014 Davis Cup Draws Announced for World Group and Zonal Groups


(September 18, 2013) The Draw for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the London offices of title sponsor BNP Paribas on Wednesday.


Individual draws were made for the 2014 World Group, Americas Zone Groups I and II, and Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II. The draws for the 2014 Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will be held following the remaining 2013 Davis Cup play-off ties on 25-27 October.


The 2014 World Group dates are as follows:


World Group first round                         31 January-2 February

World Group quarterfinals                      4-6 April

World Group semifinals and play-offs    12-14 September

World Group Final                                 21-23 November


Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 130 nations taking part in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The competition is 114 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis and www.daviscup.tv.


World Group


First round (31 January – 2 February)


Czech Republic [s] [c] v Netherlands


Japan [c] [*] v Canada [s]


Germany [c] v Spain [s]


France [s] [c] v Australia


USA [s] [c] v Great Britain


Argentina [s] [c] v Italy


Kazakhstan [s] [c] [*] v Belgium


Serbia [s] [c] v Switzerland



Americas Zone Group I


First round (31 January – 2 February)


Brazil [s] v Bye


Ecuador [c] v Venezuela


Dominican Republic [c] v Uruguay


Colombia [s] v Bye

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


First round (31 January – 2 February)


Uzbekistan [s] v Bye


China, P.R [c] v New Zealand


India [c] v Chinese Taipei


Korea, Rep. [s] v Bye



Americas Zone Group II


First round (31 January – 2 February)


Barbados [c] [*] v Chile [s]


Paraguay [c] v El Salvador [s]


Bolivia [c] v Peru [s]


Guatemala [c] v Mexico [s]

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


First round (31 January – 2 February)


Sri Lanka [c] v Philippines [s]


Vietnam [c] [*] v Pakistan [s]


Thailand [s] [c] v Hong Kong, China


Kuwait [c] v Indonesia [s]

[s] = Seeded nation

[c] = Choice of ground

[*] = Choice of ground decided by lot


The home nation is listed first for each tie.


Seeds Announced for 2014 Davis Cup


(September 16, 2013) Czech Republic and Serbia head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which takes place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Wednesday 18 September at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT). The draw will be streamed live on www.daviscup.com


The draws for 2014 Americas Zone Groups I and II and Asia/Oceania Zone Groups I and II will also take place in London. The draws for Europe/Africa Zone Groups I and II will be held following the two remaining Europe/Africa Zone Group I play-off ties on 25-27 October.

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 16 September.


World Group


1. Czech Republic

2. Serbia

3. Spain

4. Argentina

5. France

6. USA

7. Canada

8. Kazakhstan


The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland


Seeds for the Zone Group I and Group II competitions are also based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.


Americas Zone Group I


1. Brazil

2. Colombia


Remaining Nations: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela


Asia/Oceania Zone Group I


1. Uzbekistan

2. Korea, Rep.


Remaining Nations: China P.R, Chinese Taipei, India, New Zealand


Americas Zone Group II


1. Chile

2. Mexico

3. Peru

4. El Salvador


Remaining Nations: Barbados, Bolivia, Guatemala, Paraguay


Asia/Oceania Zone Group II


1. Philippines

2. Indonesia

3. Thailand

4. Pakistan


Remaining Nations: Hong Kong, Kuwait, Sri Lanka, Vietnam



Djokovic Heads list of Recipients for Davis Cup Commitment Award

Djokovic wins 89

(September 12, 2013) World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will be one of 27 players to receive the Davis Cup Commitment Award during this weekend’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and zone group ties on Saturday 14 September.  The presentations are being made by the ITF through its National Associations.


This new award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20 home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including week-long zone group events) over their career.


The ITF presented the first seven trophies to players in an on-court presentation at the 100th Davis Cup Final in Prague last November. Among those presented with awards at last year’s final were Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli, who heads the elite list of players having played 66 home or away ties for his country, and San Marino’s Domenico Vicini, who holds the record for the most ties played in all levels of the competition with a total of 89.


This weekend presentations will be made to the following players at their respective Davis Cup home ties before the doubles rubber on Saturday 14 September:


Belgium* - Patrick Hombergen

Croatia** – Boro Jovanovic

Dominican Republic - Victor Estrella

Germany - Jurgen Fassbender

Latvia – Andis Juska, Deniss Pavlovs

Netherlands – Paul Haarhuis

Philippines – Felicisimo Ampon (posthumous), Johnny Arcilla, Raymundo Deyro, Juan Johnson Jose

Serbia – Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Slobodan Zivojinovic

Slovak Republic – Dominik Hrbaty, Karol Kucera

Slovenia – Marko Tkalec, Grega Zemlja

Switzerland – Heinz Gunthardt, Jakob Hlasek, Marc Rosset

United Arab Emirates – Esam Abdulaal (BRN), Sultan Khalfan Al Alawi (QAT), Omar Al Awadhy (UAE), Mahmoud Nader Alblooshi (UAE), Khalid Al Nabhani (OMA)


A total of 305 players have already qualified to receive the award, of whom 258 are still alive. Presentations have been made to award winners at Davis Cup home ties throughout 2013. The Commitment Award trophies are based on the design of the current Davis Cup trophy. All recipients will also be recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters in London and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website. A full list of award winners can be viewed here


ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “The Davis Cup Commitment Award reflects the dedication by players for more than a century to represent their country in this prestigious competition. These players have continued to rise to the unique challenge of competing in a team environment in front of their home fans, and we believe that it is fitting to recognise their efforts in our centenary year.”



*presentation to be made on Friday 13 September

**presentation to be made on Thursday 12 September



ITF Confirms Dates for 2014 Davis Cup


(April 24, 2013) The ITF has confirmed the calendar dates for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas:


World Group first round  January 31–  February 2

World Group quarterfinals  April 4-6

World Group semifinals and play-offs  September 12-14

World Group Final November 21-23


The draw for the 2014 Davis Cup competition will take place in London on Wednesday, September 18.


The 2013 Davis Cup World Group semifinals and World Group play-offs will take place on  September 13-15. In the semifinals, Serbia is at home to Canada, and Czech Republic is at home to Argentina. The winners will contest the World Group Final on 15-17 November.


The dates for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be announced in June.


Seeds Announced for 2013 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs


(April 8, 2013) The ITF has announced the seeds for the Draw for the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs. The Draw will take place on Wednesday 10 April at the ITF offices in London at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT). The seeds are based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 8 April: www.daviscup.com/en/rankings/current-rankings.aspx


The eight seeded nations in the World Group play-offs are:


Spain (1)

Austria (2)

Croatia (3)

Switzerland (4)

Germany (5)

Australia (6)

Belgium (7)

Japan (8)


Each of the seeds will be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations:





Great Britain






The 2013 World Group play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 13-15 September. The eight winning nations will contest the 2014 World Group.


The line-up for the World Group play-offs was confirmed when Australia, Colombia, Ecuador, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine all won their Zone Group I second round ties on 5-7 April. They joined the losers from the 2013 World Group first round ties.


Great Britain Stuns Russia to Reach Davis Cup World Group Play-offs


By Ros Satar


Dan Evans [GBR] def. Evgeny Donskoy [RUS] 6-4, 6-4, 6-1


(April 7, 2013) COVENTRY, England – After three epic five-setters, it felt almost like short-change when Dan Evans clinched the Group I  second round tie 3-2 against Russia in straight sets.


Having finished the first day 0-2 down, and only being ranked as favorites to win the doubles, it was all to play for with two live rubbers on the Sunday.


It was key for Evans to capitalize on Ward’s earlier three-and-a-half hour win over Dmitry Tursunov, which he did so with a single break to take the first set 6-4.


Evans started in much the same way, breaking again to lead Russia 3-1, but lost the advantage when Donskoy broke to level at 3-3.


Donskoy was moving better, and dialing back into the match, but another consolidated break for Evans put Great Britain two sets up.


Evans was inspired as he broke the Russian twice in the first three games, and again to build up a 4-0 lead in the third set.


Donskoy got a game back on the board, and saved one match point in the final game, but pushed a forehand wide to complete a remarkable day for the British team.


There may have been some who questioned Leon Smith’s decision to replace Jamie Baker at such a late stage with Dan Evans, but it most certainly paid off.


And on Friday, where Evans admitted he know he did not do enough hard work or practice to move on, it was a more positive sounding young man in press.


His aim is to continue to work on his ranking to earn a place as the British No. 2 to Andy Murray.


He said: “I am so grateful for the opportunity to play.”


Leon Smith now has competition for places, regardless of whether Andy Murray is playing.


There was vindication for the difficult decision to replace Jamie Baker with Evans, based on the courts and also the results of the players before hand.


He said: “There wasn’t an obvious choice to start with. At the end of the day it was the right choice.”


Great Britain will now go on to play in the World Group play-offs in September.


Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 second round result:

Great Britain defeated Russia 3-2

Rubber 1 – D. Tursunov (RUS) d. D. Evans (GBR) 64 67(5) 64 57 64

Rubber 2 – E. Donskoy (RUS) d. J. Ward (GBR) 46 46 75 64 86

Rubber 3 – C.Fleming/J.Marray (GBR) d. V.Baluda/I.Kunitsyn (RUS) 61 64 62

Rubber 4 – J. Ward (GBR) d. D. Tursunov (RUS) 64 57 57 64 64

Rubber 5 – D. Evans (GBR) d. E. Donskoy (RUS) 64 64 61




Ward Rallies Past Tursunov to even tie with Russia 2-2


By Ros Satar

James Ward [GBR] def. Dmitry Tursunov [RUS] 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4


(April 7, 2013) COVENTRY, England – After facing the press on Friday in utter desolation, British No. 2, James Ward, rallied against a sometimes agitated Tursunov to bring GB level with Russia.


After starting so impressively against Evgeny Donskoy, only to lose in five sets from being two sets and a break up, there was a lot of pressure on Ward’s thin shoulders.


If any nerves were evident on Ward’s side, he hid them well, banging down two aces a-piece, as the first five games went with serve.


The first sign of frailty appeared on Tursunov’s serve, taken to deuce twice in successive serves.


It paid off for Ward as he needed just one break point to edge ahead 5-4, before topping off the first set with a hold to love.


The games were going tightly with serve in the second set.


At times Tursunov seemed just a little slow and Ward struggled to get into Tursunov’s service games, letting two break points go, at 5-5.


It was Ward’s turn for fraying nerves, starting with a double fault, while serving to stay in the set, and ending with a netted cross-court forehand to hand Russia the second set 7-5.


British hopes were raised with an early break in the first game of the third set, only for Tursunov to break straight back.


A stream of errors from Ward gave Tursunov a second break in the third set, to leave Ward coming out to stay in the set at 2-5.


Ward was rewarded for his tenacity by breaking Tursunov in the next game to put himself back on serve.


Despite that, Ward found himself having to save break points on his next two serves.


Tursunov turned up the pace, aided and abetted with another error-strewn game by Ward, to take the third set 7-5.


Ward started the brighter in the fourth set breaking early, and Tursunov picked up a code violation as he started to get annoyed with the crowd.


Ward just needed the one set point as Tursunov netted forehand return to even the match and take the rubber into a deciding set.


Ward got a break to lead 3-2, courtesy of a Tursunov double fault on break point, after a long rally where the Russian sent a forehand flying long.


Just keeping his nose ahead, the Brit was only taken to deuce once on his serve, before coming out to serve for the match at 5-4.


To the watching crowd’s delight, Ward held his final serve to 15, finishing with an ace to go from zero to hero.


Ward said: “It would have been very tough to take 2 5-set losses in a weekend.


“If anything it’s even more pleasing beating Tursunov, who I’ve lost to twice in the past”


Team captain, Leon Smith had been reiterating the same advice, to serve out wide to the Russian unless he started to read the serve.


And Ward was happy to acknowledge the captain’s belief in him.


He said: “I’m grateful to him for the opportunity to play again and show heart and desire and everything that he wanted this weekend, and I think I showed it.”


Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.


Serbia Holds Off Bryans in Five-Set Thriller



By Junior Williams


Takes 2-1 lead after Zimonjic, Bozoljac win in five-set marathon.


(April 6, 2013) BOISE, Idaho – Serbia Davis Cup captain Bogdan Obradovic is probably saying, “I told you so.”


He stuck with No. 335th ranked Ilija Bozoljac instead of replacing him with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.


The payoff: Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic defeated top-ranked Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 in a thrilling 4 hour 21- minute doubles match in the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals at Taco Bell Arena, giving Serbia a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday’s rubbers and an opportunity for Djokovic to clinch the tie in his singles match.


Bozoljac’s powerful serves — many of them rockets at around 135 miles per hour — helped to neutralize the Bryans. Together, Bozoljac and Zimonjic served up 36 aces to the Americans’ twelve.


The 27-year old Bozoljac also came through with a number of backhand winners down the line. his play, combined with the experience of former world number one doubles player Zimonjic, came in handy for the Serbs.


Both teams broke each other midway through the first set, but it was Serbia that struck first by winning the tiebreak on a Zimonjic second serve ace, followed by a winner that clipped the baseline.


The second tiebreak also went to Serbia, helped by a minibreak due to a net cord and a strong service game resulting in three aces.


But the world’s No. 1 doubles team refused to give up. The Americans began their comeback by breaking Bozoljac’s serve in the final game of the third set, as Zimonjic’s block of a Mike Bryan shot sailed beyond the baseline.


The Bryans repeated the feat in the fourth set, as Zimonjic — who was serving this game — knocked a return from the Americans in to the net, knotting up the match at two sets apiece.


In the fifth set, each team managed to hold serve while escaping danger at times, until the 27th game of the set, when Bozoljac’s backhad stab return was sent wide by the Americans to give Serbia a break and a chance to serve out the match.


But there was more drama, as Zimonjic double faulted to give the Bryans two break points and a chance to tie the set at 14-14. That’s when Zimonjic blasted two aces to tie the game at deuce.


After the Bryans staved off one match point on a lob the Serbs couldn’t convert, Zimonjic served out the next two points, ending with an ace to seal the victory for Serbia. The winners hugged each other on the court as their supporters cheered wildly. Despite their disappointment, those rooting for the home team applauded the quality play of both the Serbians and the Americans.


Just how close was the match? Each team scored 217 points.


“For sure, it’s the biggest win in the Davis Cup doubles for me,” said Zimonjic. “We were playing very good.


“This was definitely a great, great performance and great match from me.”


“Anybody who was supposed to play with Nenad was supposed to be the underdog against the Bryans,” Bozoljac said. “We won and I just can’t believe it happened.

“For me, it definitely means a lot because this is my best performance in Davis Cup so far. I knew if I give my 100 percent for one match I could play on a really high level.”


“Have to tip our hats to those guys, obviously,” said a disappointed Bob Bryan.  “Thought they played really well all day.  36 aces, didn’t give us much opportunity, in the fifth especially.
“Just one of those things.  Obviously disappointed we let the team down.”


He’s a guy we haven’t seen too much of on the tour,” Mike Bryan said about journeyman Bozoljac.  “Asked a few questions of guys that have seen him play.  Gave us a few things.  But he served great all day.  He actually was a stronger returner.  There at the end he didn’t show any nerves, came up with the goods, especially on some of those 30‑All points.”


US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier was asked about if Bozoljac’s is a testament to the spirit of Davis Cup “I think inspiration is pretty easy to come by when you’re playing for the colors on your back, US.  We’ve seen a lot of people in this competition rise up.  You look at the numbers next to the guy’s career, you see the performance today, something doesn’t add up.  You clearly see there was some inspiration, chemistry with Nenad on the court, and you say, Too good.”


It was the second consecutive Davis Cup defeat for the Bryans, who back in February lost in the World Group First Round to Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares. The winningest doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history is now 20-4 when playing together.


Now the U.S. faces a tall task in tomorrow’s reverse singles, with Djokovic set to take on Sam Querrey in the first match. If Querrey pulls off the upset, it’ll be left to American John Isner and Serb Viktor Troicki to settle the tie.


Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Boise, Idaho covering the Davis Cup quarterfinal World Group tie between the United States and Serbia for Tennis Panorama News.


Great Britain Wins Doubles Rubber Over Russia in Davis Cup


Fleming/Marray [GBR] def. Baluda/Kunitsyn [RUS] 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

By Ros Satar

(April 6, 2013) COVENTRY, England – The British team were always the favorites to win this doubles rubber, and Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming did not disappoint.


The British pair, ranked 16th and 28th respectively, were counting on a win, to give the British team any hope at all of salvaging the second round Europe /Africa zone Group 1 tie, after two crushing 5-set defeats on the first day.


Victor Baluda (doubles ranking of 440) and Igor Kunitsyn (439) would be facing the British team, although there had been some speculation that Dmitry Tursunov would replace Baluda.


After some tentative serves into the lights, Marray kicked off his Davis Cup debut with a strong hold.


The Russians may be ranked some 400 places below the Brits, but were already exhibiting some good tagging shots, especially coming from Kunitsyn.


First blood went to the Brits, breaking Kunitsyn to take an early lead.


With another break, this time against Baluda on the third break point, the Brits took the first set, in just under half an hour.


The first break of the second set came even earlier, again on Kunitsyn’s serve, but the Russians stayed in contention, when Kunitsyn held for the first time since the match began, as the Brits maintained a single break margin.


Fleming came out to hold, with an overhead smash from Marray sealing the second set 6-4.


The final set could not have started worse for Russian pair, with Baluda being broken in the first game, followed by Kunitsyn in the next service game.


The crispness that they had started to display in the second set deserted them, and although they got two games on the board, they never took the British pair to deuce on any serve.


Fleming came out to serve for the match, and although the Russian pair saved one of the match points, an ace nailed the win.


After the match, Marray described how he’d felt his debut had gone:

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of, to get the opportunity to represent your country, it’s fantastic.”


For Fleming, it was his eighth Davis Cup win in a row.

“It’s something to be proud of, but in tennis and life you’ve got to keep pushing forward,” he said.


“It’s all about focusing on what the team needs to do and my aim when it comes to DC, is to play one of those matches in the World group.

“It would be a special occasion and I’ve not managed to do that.”


There was a nice touch on the on-court interview, as Colin Fleming dedicated the win to Davis Cup team-mate Ross Hutchins, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.


He is over half way through his chemotherapy and the initial results show the treatment is working.


Later in press, Leon Smith and Colin Fleming described how Ross had spent hours watching and analyzing the Russian team.


Fleming said: “It’s great that he’s still involved in the team.

“I know Ross has got big plans to play again, and I’m sure he’ll be part of the team again in the future.”


Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She is the co-founder of Britwatch Sports (britwatchsports.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.

Day 2 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 second round results:

Russia leads Great Britain 2-1

Rubber 1 – D. Tursunov (RUS) d. D. Evans (GBR) 64 67(5) 64 57 64

Rubber 2 – E. Donskoy (RUS) d. J. Ward (GBR) 46 46 75 64 86

Rubber 3 – C.Fleming/J.Marray (GBR) d. V.Baluda/I.Kunitsyn (RUS) 61 64 62