August 2, 2015

ITF Announces Draw for Davis Cup World Group Play-Offs

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(July 21, 2015) The Draw for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on 18-20 September alongside the World Group semifinals.

 

The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I events in 2016.

 

In the World Group semifinals, Great Britain will be at home to Australia, and Belgium will be at home to Argentina.

 

Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 20 July.

 

The draw is as follows:

 

2015 World Group play-offs (18-20 September)

 

India (c) v Czech Republic (s)
Switzerland (s) (c) v Netherlands
Russia (c) v Italy (s)
Uzbekistan (c) (*) v USA (s)
Colombia (c) v Japan (s)
Dominican Republic (c) (*) v Germany (s)
Brazil (c) v Croatia (s)
Poland (c) v Slovakia (s)

 

(s) denotes seeded nation

(c) denotes choice of ground

(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

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Davis Cup Results

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(July 19, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties on 17-19 July. A total of 28 ties have been held this week.

 

In the World Group semifinals, on 18-20 September, Great Britain will be at home to Australia, and Belgium will be at home to Argentina. The venues will be confirmed in early August.

 

The World Group play-offs will also be held on 18-20 September. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will take place at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 (09:00 GMT) on Tuesday 21 July. The eight seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 20 July.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs are:

 

World Group first round losing nations: Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and USA.

 

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Uzbekistan.

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated FRANCE 3-1

Venue: The Queen’s Club, London, GBR (grass – outdoor)


Gilles Simon (FRA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 75 76(10) 62
Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Nicolas Mahut/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 46 63 76(5) 61
Andy Murray (GBR) d. Gilles Simon (FRA) 46 76(5) 63 60

James Ward (GBR) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) – not played

 

AUSTRALIA defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Marrara Sporting Complex, Darwin, AUS (grass – outdoor)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 64 63 63

Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 76(5) 67(2) 76(5) 64
Samuel Groth/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 64 76(4) 62
Samuel Groth (AUS) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 76(6) 46 76(6)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 76(2) 62 63

 

ARGENTINA defeated SERBIA 4-1

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – indoor)


Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 64 62 61
Federico Delbonis (ARG) d. Viktor Troicki (SRB) 26 26 64 64 62

Carlos Berlocq/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64 61
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 61 64
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 61 3-0 ret.

 

BELGIUM defeated CANADA 5-0

Venue: Sportpark Krokodiel, Middelkerke (Ostend), BEL (clay – outdoor)
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 36 61 75 63

David Goffin (BEL) d. Filip Peliwo (CAN) 64 64 62
Ruben Bemelmans/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) d. Daniel Nestor/Adil Shamasdin (CAN) 75 36 64 63
Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 26 62 63

Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Filip Peliwo (CAN) 64 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC defeated ECUADOR 3-2

Venue: Santo Domingo Tennis Club, Santo Domingo, DOM (clay – outdoor)


Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Ivan Endara (ECU) 36 62 46 62 64
Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 62 64 63

Victor Estrella Burgos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) d. Emilio Gomez/Roberto Quiroz (ECU) 63 46 63 64

Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) d. Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) 46 76(3) 62 60
Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 62 64

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-2

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

 

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 67(6) 64 63 76(5)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 62 62 63
Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-Kyu (KOR) 62 75 76(3)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 61 1-0 ret.

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) d. Temur Ismailov (UZB) 75 46 63

 

INDIA defeated NEW ZEALAND 3-2

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


Michael Venus (NZL) d. Somdev Devvarman (IND) 46 46 63 63 61

Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 62 61 63
Marcus Daniell/Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) 63 76(1) 63
Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Marcus Daniell (NZL) 64 64 64

Yuki Bhambri (IND) d. Michael Venus (NZL) 62 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I 2ND ROUND

 

RUSSIA defeated SPAIN 3-2

Venue: Fetisov Arena, Vladivostok, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Tommy Robredo (ESP) d. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 62 63 63
Pablo Andujar (ESP) d. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 63 63 62

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) d. Marc Lopez/David Marrero (ESP) 46 76(3) 57 75 64

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) d. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 63 57 62 76(3)

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Pablo Andujar (ESP) 64 76(4) 63

NETHERLANDS defeated AUSTRIA 3-2

Venue: Tennis Stadium Kitzbuhel, Kitzbuhel, AUT (clay – outdoor)


Thiemo de Bakker (NED) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 63 46 67(5) 63 64
Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Robin Haase (NED) 63 64 57 75
Robin Haase/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) d. Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 63 76(4) 76(5)

Robin Haase (NED) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 76(4) 63

Oliver Marach (AUT) d. Jesse Huta Galung (NED) 63 63

SLOVAKIA defeated ROMANIA 3-2

Venue: Tenis Club IDU, Constanta, ROU (clay – outdoor)


Marius Copil (ROU) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 67(6) 64 76(10)
Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 64 62 60
Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) 75 63 63

Martin Klizan (SVK) d. Marius Copil (ROU) 76(3) 63 63

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 64 64

POLAND defeated UKRAINE 3-1

Venue: Azoty Arena, Szczecin, POL (hard – indoor)


Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 63 64 76(2)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(5) 64 64
Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 63 62 76(6)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 61 76(3) 36 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – not played

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I 1ST ROUND PLAY-OFFS

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-2

Venue: Drive Inn Arena, Tel Aviv, ISR (hard – indoor)


Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Nik Razborsek (SLO) 61 63 62
Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 62 16 67(3) 64

Ben Patael/Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Aljaz Radinski/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 61 62 64
Aljaz Radinski (SLO) d. Ben Patael (ISR) 64 46 63

Nik Razborsek (SLO) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) w/o

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

VENEZUELA defeated EL SALVADOR 3-2

Venue: Cancha Oscar E Payot, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

 

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. David Souto (VEN) 62 62 63
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 63 62 60
Luis David Martinez/David Souto (VEN) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 75 64 64
Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) 62 67(3) 64 63
David Souto (VEN) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 60 61 0-0 ret.

 

CHILE defeated MEXICO 5-0

Venue: Coliseo Monumental la Tortuga de Talcahuano, Talcahuano, CHI (clay – indoor)

 

Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 46 60 57 76(0) 61
Christian Garin (CHI) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 64 64 62

Nicolas Jarry/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Daniel Garza/Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (MEX) 61 64 64
Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) d. Tigre Hank (MEX) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (MEX) 62 61

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

PUERTO RICO defeated COSTA RICA 5-0

Venue: Centro de Tenis Honda, Bayamon, PUR (hard – outdoor)

 

Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 61 76(1) 62
Alex Diaz (PUR) d. Pablo Nunez (CRC) 64 67(6) 61 64

Eric Diaz/Alex Llompart (PUR) d. Daniel Gutierrez/Julian Saborio (CRC) 76(4) 63 61
Christian Garay (PUR) d. Julian Saborio (CRC) 75 61

Alex Diaz (PUR) d. Ignaci Roca (CRC) 63 75

PERU level with BOLIVIA 2-2

Venue: Club Terrazas de Miraflores, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

 

Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 64 76(4) 26 36 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Juan Pablo Varillas Patino Samudio (PER) 57 64 63 76(3)

Duilio Beretta/Jorge Brian Panta (PER) d. Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(5) 61 46 57 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Hugo Dellien (BOL) 64 62 67(2) 06 61

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Rodrigo Banzer (BOL) 75 46 67(5) 63 0-0 – play to resume at 10am (3pm GMT)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated PHILIPPINES 3-1

Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

 

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Jeson Patrombon (PHI) 62 62 61

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 62 61
Treat Huey/Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Peng Hsien-Yin/Lee Hsin-Han (TPE) 63 76(4) 76(3)

Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) d. Ruben Gonzales (PHI) 62 62 64

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Patrick-John Tierro (PHI)not played

PAKISTAN defeated INDONESIA 3-1 (14-16 JULY)

Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) 26 63 75 60

Samir Iftikhar (PAK) d. David Agung Susanto (INA) 36 67(3) 64 75 60

Christopher Rungkat/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) d. Mohammed Abid Ali Khan Akbar/Aqeel Khan (PAK) 46 75 63 36 63

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. David Agung Susanto (INA) 60 76(2) 06 62

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) v Samir Iftikhar (PAK) – not played

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

SRI LANKA defeated LEBANON 3-2

Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

 

Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) d. Jad Ballout (LIB) 63 62 2-1 ret.
Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Hady Habib (LIB) 75 63 63

Giovani Samaha/Hady Habib (LIB) d. Harshana Godamanna/Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 76(4) 26 63 36 63
Hady Habib (LIB) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 75 64 46 46 63

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Giovani Samaha (LIB) 63 62 63

 

KUWAIT defeated IRAN 3-1

Venue: OPT Tennis Club, Tehran, IRI (clay – outdoor)


Shahin Khaledan (IRI) d. Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) 46 62 60 75
Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Mohsen Hossein Zade (IRI) 26 76(2) 63 64
Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Shahin Khaledan/Anoosha Shahgholi (IRI) 76(4) 61 60
Abdullah Maqdes (KUW) d. Mohsen Hossein Zade (IRI) 60 76(1) 46 62

Shahin Khaledan (IRI) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II 2ND ROUND

 

BELARUS defeated TURKEY 3-2

Venue: Garanti Koza Wos Arena, Istanbul, TUR (hard – outdoor)


Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 67(8) 46 63 62 97
Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 63 62 26 75
Sergey Betov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Baris Erguden/Anil Yuksel (TUR) 62 61 64

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 67(6) 63 63 62
Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Cem Ilkel (TUR) 62 76(5) 36 76(5)

 

PORTUGAL defeated FINLAND 4-1

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


Joao Sousa (POR) d. Henrik Sillanpaa (FIN) 60 62 60
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Rui Machado (POR) 61 36 64 63

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) d. Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(5) 63 64
Joao Sousa (POR) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 63 63 64

Frederico Ferreira Silva (POR) d. Micke Kontinen 36 61 60

 

HUNGARY defeated BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA 3-2

Venue: Siofok KC, Siofok, HUN (clay – outdoor)


Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 62 63 36 46 63
Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Peter Nagy (HUN) 46 64 63 63

Mirza Basic/Amer Delic (BIH) d. Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) 36 76(8) 64 60

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Mirza Basic (BIH) 67(3) 61 63 62

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 64 63 63

BULGARIA defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Tennis Club Howald, Luxembourg City, LUX (clay – outdoor)


Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 63 63 61
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Gilles Kremer (LUX) 61 62 64

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 64
Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 62
Tihomir Grozdanov (BUL) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 63 57 64

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

SOUTH AFRICA defeated IRELAND 5-0

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)
Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) d. James McGee (IRL) 76(0) 16 63 64

Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 61 67(4) 76(5) 64
Dean O’Brien/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. James Cluskey/David O’Hare (IRL) 76(4) 64 63
Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. James McGee (IRL) 61 75

Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 64 63

 

MONACO defeated MOROCCO 3-1

Venue: Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)


Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 76(4) 64 16 76(5)
Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 16 61 62 64
Romain Arneodo/Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab/Younes Rachidi (MAR) 60 67(7) 64 62
Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Lamine Ouahab (MAR) 75 46 63 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) v Yassine Idmbarek (MAR) – not played

ZIMBABWE defeated MOLDOVA 5-0

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare, ZIM (Hard – outdoor)


Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) d. Maxim Bulat (MDA) 61 62 61

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. Dmitrii Baskov (MDA) 62 60 62
Mark Fynn/Courtney John Lock (ZIM) d. Dmitri Baskov/Andrei Soltoianu (MDA) 75 57 76(6) 63

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) d. Andrei Soltoianu (MDA) 64 62

Benjamin Lock (ZIM) d. Egor Matvievici (MDA) 61 60

 

LATVIA defeated MADAGASCAR 3-2

Venue: Liepajas Tenisa Sporta Skola, Liepaja, LAT (clay – outdoor)


Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Jacob Rasolondrazana (MAD) 61 62 76(5)

Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) d. Mikelis Libietis (LAT) 62 63 76(4)
Mikelis Libietis/Janis Podzus (LAT) d. Tony Rajobelina/Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 61 64 62
Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Antso Rakotondramanga (MAD) 26 62 46 76(6) 64

Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy (MAD) d. Janis Podzus (LAT) 63 62

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Draws Made for 2016 Fed Cup

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(June 3, 2015) The Draw for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the FFT Museum at Roland Garros in Paris on Wednesday. First round ties will take place on 6-7 February 2016. The 2015 finalists were automatically the top two seeds in the 2016 World Group, while the remaining seeds were based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 20 April 2015.

 

2016 World Group

 

First round (6-7 February)

 

Romania [c] [*] v Czech Republic [s]
Germany [s] [c] v Switzerland
France [c] v Italy [s]
Russia [s] [c] [*] v Netherlands

2016 World Group II

 

First round (6-7 February)
Slovakia [c] v Australia [s]
Canada [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
USA [c] [*] v Poland [s]
Serbia [s] [c] v Spain

Key

[s] = seeded nation

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas dates

 

World Group/World Group II first round: 6-7 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 16-17 April

World Group Final: 12-13 November

 

The 2015 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Czech Republic and Russia will take place in Czech Republic on 14-15 November.

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 99 nations entered in 2015. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor and beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup, www.Weibo.com/fedcupofficial and www.fedcup.tv.

 

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Decision of the Davis Cup Committee on eligibility appeals – Aljaz Bedene, Maxim Dubarenco and Dustin Brown

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Decision of the Davis Cup Committee on eligibility appeals

 

From the ITF: (May 30, 2015) The Davis Cup Committee met on Saturday, 30 May, 2015 at Roland Garros. The Committee considered three Eligibility Request appeals from nations, following the introduction of the new Eligibility Rule for Davis Cup and Fed Cup that restricts players from competing in the competitions for more than one country during their careers. This rule, approved by the ITF Annual General Meeting in September 2014 by a 93 per cent margin, came into effect on 1 January 2015.

 

The Committee rejected the appeals by the Lawn Tennis Association for Aljaz Bedene, and by the Belarus Tennis Association for Maxim Dubarenco because they did not meet either the existing or former criteria of the eligibility rule.

 

The Committee upheld the appeal by the Deutscher Tennis Bund (DTB) on behalf of Dustin Brown. The Committee agreed that Brown had met all of the criteria for eligibility under the previous rule before 31 December 2014 and agreed with the DTB that their administrative error in not filing for eligibility ahead of the deadline should not preclude Brown from representing Germany in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

The LTA and Belarus Tennis Association can appeal the decisions of the Davis Cup Committee to the ITF Board of Directors.

 

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Former USTA Chairman David Hagerty Among Candidates for President of the ITF

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(May 26, 2015) The former chairman of the Unites States Tennis Association is running for president of the International Tennis Federation.

David Haggerty is a vice president of the ITF. The other candidates for the ITF top office are Anil Khanna of India, Juan Margets Lobato of Spain and Rene Stammbach of Switzerland.

The new President will replace outgoing ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, who will step down after 16 years in office.

 

Nominations for election to the ITF Board of Directors have also been made by Class B Member Nations who fully meet ITF constitutional criteria. The following nominations have been received by the closing date for resolutions for the 2015 AGM, 25 May:

 

Katrina Adams (USA)

*  Tarak Cherif (TUN)

Martin Corrie (GBR)

Goran Djokovic (SRB)

*  Sergio Elias (CHI)

Ismail El Shafei (EGY)

Jose Luis Escañuela Romana (ESP)

Luisanna Fodde (ITA)

Rodolfo Garcia Muriel (MEX)

Bernard Giudicelli (FRA)

*  Jack Graham (CAN)

*  David Haggerty (USA)

*  Stephen Healy (AUS)

*  Anil Khanna (IND)

Ulrich Klaus (GER)

Thomas Koenigsfeldt (DEN)

Jorge Lacerda da Rosa (BRA)

Celia Patrick (NZL)

Aleksei Selivanenko (RUS)

*  Rene Stammbach (SUI)

Predrag Stojcevic (CRO)

Surendran Subramaniam (SRI)

Stefan Tzvetkov (BUL)

Ayda Uluc (TUR)

Bulat Utemuratov (KAZ)

Karin van Bijsterveld (NED)

* Incumbent Board Member

 

The length of term for Board members has been increased from two to four years after a motion was passed at the 2014 ITF AGM in Dubai.

 

The ITF is the world governing body of tennis and beach tennis, responsible for the rules of both sports and maintaining the integrity of tennis. The ITF is the owner and rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in sport, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. The ITF’s highly regarded Tennis Development Department oversees the development of tennis worldwide and, through its Science and Technical Department, monitors both equipment and technology. Its Officiating Department oversees the education and advancement of officials worldwide. The ITF organises over 1,000 weeks of men’s and women’s professional tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit and manages the ITF Junior Circuit and team competitions, the ITF Beach Tennis Tour, the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Seniors Circuit. The ITF also manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the Tennis Integrity Unit. Visit www.itftennis.com, www.twitter.com/ITF_Tennis, www.Facebook.com/InternationalTennisFederation

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Mary Carillo to Receive Philippe Chatrier Award from the ITF

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(May 21, 2015) The International Tennis Federation announced that American broadcaster Mary Carillo will receive the ITF’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, at the 2015 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday, June 2, in Paris at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines.

 

The Philippe Chatrier Award, named after the former ITF President, was introduced in 1996 and is awarded each year for outstanding contributions to the game of tennis. Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, the All England Club, and 2014 Award winners Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde are among the other former recipients.

 

Carillo began her life in tennis as a player, but has enjoyed greater success as a sports broadcaster of distinction. She is a pioneer not just for women in her profession, but for a new style of broadcasting.

 

Having trained at the Port Washington Tennis Academy under the legendary Harry Hopman, Carillo captured the 1977 Roland Garros mixed doubles title with childhood friend John McEnroe, then 18. This was to be the highlight of a career that saw her reach No. 33 in the world rankings.

 

In 1980, after three years on the tour, Carillo retired with knee injuries and began a new career as a tennis analyst for USA Network. Since then she has covered the sport for nearly every US broadcaster including PBS, MSG, ESPN, CBS Sports, HBO, Turner Sports, NBC and Tennis Channel, for whom she will be broadcasting in Paris.

 

Carillo has built a reputation as a distinctive voice in tennis and someone who is candid, straight-talking and opinionated but who also loves the sport. Her unique style has been embraced by broadcasters and over the years she has branched out into other sports, covering 12 summer and winter Olympics, including nine for NBC. She has also won a Sports Emmy and two prestigious Peabody Awards for documentaries about Billie Jean King and women in sport.

 

Carillo has continued to give back to tennis, including serving as chairwoman of the USTA Foundation from 2009 to 2014. She is honoured for her very special contribution to the sport that she continues to care passionately about.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “Despite her many achievements on a wider stage, Mary Carillo remains a fearless and passionate commentator on tennis and her unique voice has done much to champion our sport and the other causes that are close to her heart. Her contributions to tennis over more than three decades make her a worthy recipient of the ITF’s highest honour.”

 

Carillo said: “I was fortunate enough to know Philippe and have long admired and embraced his vision, spirit and love for our sport, so I am honoured beyond measure to receive this magnificent award from the ITF.”

 

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Fed Cup Results for April 19, 2015

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(April 19, 2015) Sunday’s results for the 2015 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 18-19 April.

Czech Republic will host Russia in the Fed Cup Final on 14-15 November. In the semifinals, Czech Republic overcame France 3-1 in Ostrava, while Russia defeated Germany 3-2 in Sochi.

Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland all won their World Group play-off ties and will join Czech Republic, France, Germany and Russia in the 2016 World Group.

Belarus, Serbia, Slovakia and Spain all won their World Group II play-off ties, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Canada, Poland and USA, in 2016 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Japan, Paraguay and Sweden, will contest their respective regional Zone Group I events in 2016.

The draw for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held in Paris on Wednesday 3 June. The top two seeds in the 2016 World Group will be the 2015 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 20 April.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated FRANCE 3-1

Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

 

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 46 76(1) 61
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 63 64
Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 64

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) not played

Kristina Mladenovic/Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) 06 63 [10-8]

 

RUSSIA defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

 

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 64 64

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 46 76(4) 63

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 61
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 60
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki/Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 63

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

ITALY defeated USA 3-2

Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Serena Williams (USA) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 76(5) 62

Sara Errani (ITA) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62

Serena Williams (USA) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 46 76(3) 63
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 61
Sara Errani/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Alison Riske/Serena Williams (USA) 60 63

 

NETHERLANDS defeated AUSTRALIA 4-1

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)


Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 61 63
Casey Dellacqua (AUS) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 63

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 62 63

Arantxa Rus (NED) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 06 75 75

Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. Casey Dellacqua/Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 62 76(3)

 

SWITZERLAND defeated POLAND 3-2

Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)


Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 64 60
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 61

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 61

Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Martina Hingis (SUI) 46 75 61

Timea Bacsinszky/Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Agnieszka Radwanska/Alicja Rosolska (POL) 26 64 97

 

ROMANIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

 

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 46 75 64
Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 64 64

Andreea Mitu (ROU) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 46 64 61

Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 36 75 62

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU) 61 46 [10-5]

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA defeated PARAGUAY 4-1

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)


Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 63

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 62 60
Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 36 62 61

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 60 62

Aleksandra Krunic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) d. Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) 61 64

SLOVAKIA defeated SWEDEN 4-0

Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 63 63
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik (SWE) 62 60
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Ellen Allgurin (SWE) 61 64

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE) not played

Jana Cepelova/Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Susanne Celik/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 46 63 [10-7]

 

BELARUS defeated JAPAN 3-2

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

 

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 62

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 46 62
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 63 63

Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 76(5) 46 64
Victoria Azarenka/Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) 63 64

SPAIN defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)


Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 46 76(2) 61
Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 61

Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 61 46 97

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) not played
Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 64 16 [10-3]

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

 

Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)

 

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/asia-oceania/2015.aspx

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP III EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

 

Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)

 

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-iii/europe-africa/2015.aspx

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US Falls to Italy in Fed Cup World Group Play-off

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(April 19, 2015) Italy has now won five straight Fed cup ties against the United States with their 3-2 win on Sunday in the World Group playoff in Brindisi, Italy.

No. 1 Serena Williams had to fight her way back against Sara Errani to take the first match of the day 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead over Italy.

“Today has been a big eye opener,” Williams said. “I need to go home and train.  I am totally not ready for clay court season as I thought I was.  This was a great match for me, even if I had lost, I think it would have been a wonderful match.  That is one good thing about playing Fed Cup and things like this it gives you the practice that you normally would not get.”

 

In the second match, hometown girl Flavia Pennetta demolished Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1 to even up the tie at 2-2.

The final rubber of the tie which was the doubles, saw Williams lost her first match of her Fed Cup career when she paired with Alison Riske and fell to Pennetta and Errani 6-0, 6-3 which sealed the tie for Italy.

Williams is now 13-0 in Singles and 3-1 in doubles in Fed Cup competition.

On playing against Pennetta and Errani in doubles, Williams said: “They are a very solid team and obviously, they have both been No. 1 in doubles.  I have been No. 1, so I felt like I had the opportunity to take some chances and do the best I can.  They were the better team today and ultimately, they got the win, which they deserved since they played better.”

Italy will return to the World Group and can compete for the Fed Cup trophy in 2016 while the U.S. will fall to World Group II.

Asked about the future of the U. S. Fed Cup team, Captain Mary Joe Fernandez said: “I think it is a big challenge.  We have to work harder.  We came close today and just keep plugging away.  The good news is that we have a lot of players in the Top 100 and hopefully, we can get two wins next year and get back into the World Group.”

 

The 2016 Fed Cup draw will be made in June.

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U.S. and Italy End Day One at 1-1 in Fed Cup

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(April 18, 2015) After day one, the United States and Italy are ties at 1-1 in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff being played at Circolo Tennis Brindisi in Brindisi, Italy.

World No. 1 Serena Williams led off the day holding off world No. 36 Camila Giorgi, 7-6(5), 6-2, raising her Fed Cup singles record to 12-0.

“The first set was tough,” said Williams. “I needed to stay calm and make more shots, especially the deeper ones. I think I was hitting them short. So once I started hitting deeper, things worked out.”

“Camila played really well and had a great game plan. That is the player she is. She goes for it a lot. I love to watch her play because she is so feisty on the court. I love her game how she hits so hard.  I know her game really well, so it was not a surprise.”

Sara Errani leveled the tie in the next match, demolishing Lauren Davis, making her singles debut for the United States 6-1, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

“It was a good experience for me,” Davis said.  “I thought I handled myself well.  Sara played very well and was solid and consistent. Given the situation, I think I did okay.”

“Lauren competed really well,” said US Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez. “It is a tough match-up on clay.  Sara has so much experience and defends so well and is also very aggressive.  I thought there were a few games where Lauren had opportunities where it was deuce or break point.  Against a player of that caliber, you have to win those games and then maybe you have a chance.  Sara played really well under pressure and those points very well.”

The winner of the tie this weekend will return to World Group 1 and can compete for the Fed Cup next year while the loser will fall back into World Group II.

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Draws Announced for Fed Cup World Group Semifinals and Play-offs

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From the ITF – (April 17, 2015) The International Tennis Federation has announced the draws for the 2015 Fed Cup World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place April 18-19.

Two Fed Cup Zone Group events are also taking place this week: Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in Hyderabad, India (14-18 April); and Europe/Africa Zone Group III in Ulcinj, Montenegro (15-18 April).

The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2016 World Group, with the losers contesting 2016 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2016 World Group II, with the four losers contesting the 2016 Zone Group I events.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC v FRANCE

Venue: Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoors)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

Karolina Pliskova/Barbora Strycova (CZE) v Alize Cornet/Pauline Parmentier (FRA)

 

RUSSIA v GERMANY

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoors)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) v Sabine Lisicki (GER)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Julia Goerges (GER)
Elena Vesnina/Vera Zvonareva (RUS) v Angelique Kerber/Andrea Petkovic (GER)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

ITALY v USA

Venue: Circolo Tennis Brindisi, Brindisi, ITA (clay – outdoors)

 

Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)

Sara Errani (ITA) v Serena Williams (USA)
Camila Giorgi (ITA) v Lauren Davis (USA)
Karin Knapp/Flavia Pennetta (ITA) v Christina McHale/Alison Riske (USA)

NETHERLANDS v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoors)


Kiki Bertens (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)
Arantxa Rus (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Samantha Stosur (AUS)

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

Richel Hogenkamp/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Casey Dellacqua/Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)

 

POLAND v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Centrum Rekreacyjno Sportowe, Zielona Gora, POL (hard – indoors)


Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Urszula Radwanska (POL) v Martina Hingis (SUI)

Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)/Martina Hingis (SUI)

 

CANADA v ROMANIA

Venue: Arena Maurice Richard, Montreal, CAN (hard – indoors)

 

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

Francoise Abanda (CAN) v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROU)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

SERBIA v PARAGUAY

Venue: Spens Sports Center, Novi Sad, SRB (hard – indoors)


Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR)

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) v Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

Jelena Jankovic/Ivana Jorovic (SRB) v Veronica Cepede Royg/Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

 

SLOVAKIA v SWEDEN

Venue: Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoors)

 

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) v Susanne Celik (SWE)

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)

Jana Cepelova/Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Ellen Allgurin/Cornelia Lister (SWE)

 

JAPAN v BELARUS

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoors)

 

Misaki Doi (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Kurumi Nara (JPN) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Misaki Doi (JPN) v Olga Govortsova (BLR)
Shuko Aoyama/Ayumi Morita (JPN) v Vera Lapko/Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR)

ARGENTINA v SPAIN

Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoors)


Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)

Paula Ormaechea (ARG) v Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)

Maria Irigoyen (ARG) v Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Tatiana Bua/Nadia Podoroska (ARG) v Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

 

Venue: SAAP Tennis Complex, Hyderabad, India (hard – outdoors)

 

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-ii/asia-oceania/2015.aspx

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP III EVENT (14-18 APRIL)

 

Venue: Bellevue, Ulcinj, Montenegro (clay – outdoors)

 

http://www.fedcup.com/en/draws-results/group-iii/europe-africa/2015.aspx

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