June 26, 2016

Maria Sharapova Suspended for Two Years for Testing Positive for Meldonium

 

(June 8, 2016) Maria Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for two years for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. Sharapova said she will appeal the ruling by an independent three-person panel appointed by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova was initially provisionally suspended by the ITF in March after she announced that she failed a doping test at the Australian Open.

Below is the press release from the ITF about the decision, a PDF of the decision itself,  a statement from WADA, Sharapova’s statement on her Facebook page and a statement from the WTA tour.

 

 

ITF

From the International Tennis Federation: 8 June 2016 – London, ENGLAND

Decision in the case of Maria Sharapova

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and as a consequence has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January 2016.

 

Ms. Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on 26 January 2016, after her quarterfinal match at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain meldonium, which is a metabolic modulator that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

 

On 2 March 2016, Ms. Sharapova was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample). She promptly admitted that she had committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation charged, and asked for a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme to determine the consequences to be imposed on her for that violation.

 

At a two-day hearing on 18-19 May 2016, the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 8 June, which is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Ms. Sharapova should serve a period of ineligibility of two years; (2) due to her prompt admission of her violation, that period of ineligibility should be back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to commence from 26 January 2016 (the date of sample collection) and so should end at midnight on 25 January 2018; and (3) her results at the 2016 Australian Open should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that she won at that event.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

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WADA statement regarding Maria Sharapova case

WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

 

Sharapova

Maria Sharapova’s statement on decision from her Facebook page:

Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position.

While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days. I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible.

Love Maria

P.S. My lawyer prepared a short summary of how the ITF process works so I thought I would pass it along to my fans so you too can be aware of what the ITF rules call for

 

WTA

 

 

WTA Issues Statement on ITF Ruling for Maria SharapovaWTA Statement:  Steve Simon, WTA CEO, in response to today’s ITF ruling in the Sharapova case:

“It is important at all times for players to be aware of the rules and to follow them.  In this case, Maria has taken responsibility for her mistake from the outset.  The WTA supports the process that the ITF and Maria have followed. The ITF has made its ruling and, under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, the decision may be appealed to the Court Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will continue to follow this closely and we hope it will be resolved as soon as possible.”

 

Related article:

Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

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Denis Pitner Found Guilty of Offenses under Code of Conduct for Officials

 

(April 20, 2016) The International Tennis Federation announced today that tennis official Denis Pitner, of Croatia, has had his ITF officiating certification suspended for a period of ten years after being found guilty of offences under the Code of Conduct for Officials.

 

Mr Pitner was found guilty by an ITF Disciplinary Panel of the following charges, laid under the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Code of Conduct for Officials, contrary to Articles A13 and B1 of the 2015 Code and Articles A14 and B1 of the 2016 Code:

 

  • Failure to notify the United States Tennis Association of the suspension of his White Badge certification;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Qatar Tennis Federation that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at the 2016 Qatar Open;

 

  • Receipt of payment for officiating at the 2016 Qatar Open at the rate applicable for a White Badge official;

 

  • Misrepresentation to the Lawn Tennis Association that he held a current White Badge certification in his application to officiate at The Championships Wimbledon;

 

  • Failure to report the violations set out above.

 

The ITF Disciplinary Panel noted that Mr Pitner had previously had his White Badge and Chair Umpire Certification suspended for the period 1 August 2015 until 31 July 2016, and these further violations of the Code had all occurred within a period of six months from the suspension of his White Badge.

 

The Panel determined that Mr Pitner would have his ITF officiating certification suspended for ten years with immediate effect, which means that that he is unable to officiate at Grand Slam tournaments and events organised or sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and ITF until 19 April 2026.

 

The Code of Conduct for Officials applies to all Certified Officials working at ATP, Grand Slam, ITF and WTA events. The current Code is listed under the under the ITF Duties and Procedures for Officials and can be viewed online here

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ITF Confirms Schedule for 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup

 

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(March 14, 2016) The ITF today confirmed the schedule for the 2017 Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. These are the regular dates for both competitions in a year with a short summer, when there is one less week in the summer tennis calendar.

 

2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

 

World Group first round: 3-5 February

World Group quarterfinals: 7-9 April

World Group semifinals and play-offs: 15-17 September

World Group Final: 24-26 November

 

2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas

 

World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April

World Group Final: 11-12 November

 

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Davis Cup Results for March 6, 2016

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(March 6, 2016) The ITF has announced the final results for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 4-6 March. A total of 32 ties have been held this weekend.

 

In the World Group quarterfinals, to be played on 15-17 July, Serbia will be at home to Great Britain, Italy will host Argentina, Czech Republic will welcome France and USA will be on home soil against Croatia. The deadline for confirmation of the World Group quarterfinal venues is 5 April.

 

The eight World Group first round losers will contest the World Group play-offs on 16-18 September, where they will be joined by the eight winners of the Zone Group I 2nd round ties played on 15-17 July. The draw for the World Group play-offs will be held at the ITF on Tuesday 19 July at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT). The seeds for the draw will be based on the latest  ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 18 July.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

GREAT BRITAIN defeated JAPAN 3-1

Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 61 63 61

Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Daniel Evans (GBR) 63 75 76(3)

Andy Murray/Jamie Murray (GBR) d. Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 62 64

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 75 76(6) 36 46 63

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN) – not played

 

SERBIA defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 61 62 63

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Viktor Troicki (SRB) 75 62 64

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 63 76(3) 75

Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(6) 76(3) 46 63 62

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 62 63 64

 

ITALY defeated SWITZERLAND 5-0

Venue: Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 76(14) 63 46 57 75

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 75 76(4) 36 63

Simone Bolelli/Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 63 61 63

Marco Cecchinato (ITA) d. Adrien Bossel (SUI) 63 75

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) d. Antoine Bellier (SUI) 63 62

 

ARGENTINA defeated POLAND 3-2

Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Guido Pella (ARG) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 76(5)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 62 76(3) 62

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Carlos Berlocq/Renzo Olivo (ARG) 63 64 64

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 67(4) 76(4) 62 63

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) d. Renzo Olivo (ARG) 46 76(6) 64

 

FRANCE defeated CANADA 5-0

Venue: Vélodrome Amédée Detraux, Guadeloupe, FRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 63 61 63

Gilles Simon (FRA) d. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 75 63 63

Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Philip Bester/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 76(4) 61 76(4)

Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Philip Bester (CAN) 61 76(4)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 67(7) ret.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: TUI Arena, Hannover, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 36 63 64 26 63

Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Alexander Zverev (GER) 76(6) 16 46 76(5) 64

Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber/Philipp Petzschner (GER) 76(7) 75 64

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 75 ret.

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Alexander Zverev (GER) 62 63 61

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 3-1

Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Kooyong, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

John Isner (USA) d. Samuel Groth (AUS) 76(2) 62 62

Bernard Tomic (AUS) d. Jack Sock (USA) 76(2) 63 36 64

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) d. Lleyton Hewitt/John Peers (AUS) 63 63 46 46 63

John Isner (USA) d. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 64 64 57 76(4)

Samuel Groth (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA) – not played

 

CROATIA defeated BELGIUM 3-2

Venue: Country Hall du Sart-Tilman, Liège, BEL (clay – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) 75 63 75

David Goffin (BEL) d. Borna Coric (CRO) 63 62 26 36 63

Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO) d. Ruben Bemelmans/David Goffin (BEL) 76(5) 63 61

David Goffin (BEL) d. Marin Cilic (CRO) 64 64 36 75

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) 76(5) 62 62

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA defeated SLOVENIA 4-1

Venue: Sala Sporturilor, Arad, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Blaz Rola (SLO) 75 63 76(5)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 46 46 63 76(3) 64

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 76(5) 76(3)

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Adrian Ungur (ROU) 63 64

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Tomislav Ternar (SLO) 63 63

 

AUSTRIA defeated PORTUGAL 4-1

Venue: Pavilhao Vitoria Sport Clube, Guimarães, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 61 75 62

Dominic Thiem (AUT) d. Gastao Elias (POR) 36 75 63 16 76(6)

Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) d. Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) 67(6) 67(4) 61 63 64

Dominic Thiem (AUT) d. Joao Sousa (POR) 62 64 62

Dennis Novak (AUT) d. Pedro Sousa (POR) 64 63

 

RUSSIA defeated SWEDEN 5-0

Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) d. Isak Arvidsson (SWE) 46 61 61 64

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Daniel Windahl (SWE) 63 61 61

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) d. Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 63 76(5) 63

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) d. Isak Arvidsson (SWE) 64 60

Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) d. Daniel Windahl (SWE) 62 62

 

HUNGARY defeated ISRAEL 3-2

Venue: Heroes’ Square Stadium, Budapest, HUN (clay – indoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 62 63 46 46 61

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) 64 62 75

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) d. Jonathan Erlich/Dudi Sela (ISR) 76(2) 36 76(5) 76(7)

Edan Leshem (ISR) d. Gabor Borsos (HUN) 46 64 76(3)

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Peter Nagy (HUN) 57 64 62

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

KOREA, REPUBLIC defeated NEW ZEALAND 3-1

Venue: Olympic Tennis Courts, Seoul, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 64 63 46 76(6)

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Michael Venus (NZL) 64 75 61

Artem Sitak/Michael Venus (NZL) d. Lee Duck Hee / Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(3) 64 46 64

Chung Hyeon (KOR) d. Jose Statham (NZL) 62 64 62

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) v Michael Venus (NZL) – not played

 

CHINA, P.R. defeated PAKISTAN 5-0

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

 

Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Yasir Khan (PAK) 36 61 64 62

Bai Yan/Gong Mao-Xin (CHN) d. Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 64 36 63 76(4)

Wu Di (CHN) d. Muhammad Abid (PAK) 61 60

Zhang Ze (CHN) d. Yasir Khan (PAK) 63 60

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ECUADOR defeated BARBADOS 5-0

Venue: Portoviejo Tennis Club, Portoviejo, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Adam Hornby (BAR) 60 60 60

Ivan Endara (ECU) d. Darian King (BAR) 61 62 64

Emilio Gomez/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) d. Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) 64 67(7) 62 63

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 60 62

Ivan Endara (ECU) d. Adam Hornby (BAR) 60 61

 

CHILE defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 5-0

Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez P – Court Central, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 61 61 76(4)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 63 76(3) 75

Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d. Manuel Castellanos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) 61 61 75

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Manuel Castellanos (DOM) 61 62

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 64 60

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated NORWAY 3-2

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 75 36 64 46 76(2)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Casper Ruud (NOR) 62 61 64

Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR) 62 76(2) 61

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 62 61 60

Casper Ruud (NOR) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 63 63

 

SOUTH AFRICA defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 61 64 64

Lloyd Harris (RSA) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 61 64 64

Dean O’Brien/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) d. Ugo Nastasi/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 75 62

Tucker Vorster (RSA) d. Tom Diederich (LUX) 63 64

Lloyd Harris (RSA) d. Alex Knaff (LUX) 62 61

 

TURKEY defeated BULGARIA 3-2

Venue: Ankara Tenis Kulübü, Ankara, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Cem Ilkel (TUR) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 76(4) 16 64 16 75

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) 64 62 63

Aleksandar Lazov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL) d. Tuna Altuna/Cem Ilkel (TUR) 76(6) 67(5) 67(4) 76(5) 64

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) d. Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 46 62 64 46 60

Alexandar Lazarov (BUL) d. Altug Celikbilek (TUR) 46 64 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated TUNISIA 3-1

Venue: Gradska Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (carpet – indoor)

 

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Anis Ghorbel (TUN) 62 64 62

Malek Jaziri (TUN) d. Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 67(5) 62 76(7) 67(5) 64

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) d. Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN) 67(2) 46 63 75 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Malek Jaziri (TUN) 57 46 76(6) 76(16) 63

Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Anis Ghorbel (TUN) – not played

 

LATVIA defeated MONACO 3-2

Venue: Daugavpils Olimpiskais Centrs, Daugavpils, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Romain Arneodo (MON) 76(5) 64 76(6)

Mikelis Libietis (LAT) d. Benjamin Balleret (MON) 36 64 36 63 64

Mikelis Libietis/Martins Podzus (LAT) d. Romain Arneodo/Benjamin Balleret (MON) 63 62 75

Lucas Catarina (MON) d. Rudolfs Mednis (LAT) 5-2 ret.

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Martins Podzus (LAT) w/o

 

BELARUS defeated EGYPT 3-1

Venue: El Gezera Sporting Club, Cairo, EGY (clay – outdoor)

 

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 62 63 61

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 57 60 36 76(3) 75

Youssef Hossam/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Alexander Bury/Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 76(7) 46 64 46 75

Egor Gerasimov (BLR) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 67(2) 75 75 64

Youssef Hossam (EGY) v Ilya Ivashka (BLR) – not played

 

FINLAND defeated ZIMBABWE 4-1

Venue: Kittilan Urheiluhalli, Kittila, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Courtney John Lock (ZIM) 60 60 60

Harri Heliovaara (FIN) d. Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) 36 63 46 64 64

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mark Fynn/Courtney John Lock (ZIM) 61 60 61

Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM) d. Eero Vasa (FIN) 76(5) 75

Harri Heliovaara (FIN) d. Courtney John Lock (ZIM) 61 60

 

DENMARK defeated GEORGIA 5-0

Venue: New Sport Hall, Tbilisi, GEO (carpet – indoor)

 

Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 67(4) 61 64 64

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. George Tsivadze (GEO) 76(3) 60 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili/George Tsivadze (GEO) 76(0) 61 62

Benjamin Hannestad (DEN) d. Giorgi Javakhishvili (GEO) 61 30 ret.

Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) d. Irakli Metreveli (GEO) 61 61

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated MALAYSIA 4-1

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

 

Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS) d. Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) 62 67(6) 06 61 64

Huang Liang-Chi (TPE) d. Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib (MAS) 60 60 62

Huang Liang-Chi/Yi Chu-Huan (TPE) d. Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib (MAS) 61 64 62

Huang Liang-Chi  (TPE) d. Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS) 61 62 62

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) d. Hao Sheng Koay (MAS) 75 61

 

PHILIPPINES defeated KUWAIT 5-0

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig City,  Metro-Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Jeson Patrombon (PHI) d. Abdulrahman Alawadhi (KUW) 60 62 61

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 62 16 67(6) 55 ret.

Francis Casey Alcantara/Treat Huey (PHI) d. Abdulrahman Alawadhi/Abdulhamid Mubarak (KUW) 61 61 62

Jeson Patrombon (PHI) d. Abdulhamid Mubarak (KUW) 76(5) 63

Francis Casey Alcantara (PHI) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 62 61

 

VIETNAM defeated INDONESIA 3-2

Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Minh Tuan Pham (VIE) 61 61 62

Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) d. Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) 61 64 62

Nam Hoang Ly/Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Christopher Rungkat/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) 63 36 76(3) 62

Christopher Rungkat (INA) d. Nam Hoang Ly (VIE) 64 61 20 ret.

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) 36 62 36 64 64

 

THAILAND defeated SRI LANKA 3-2

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

 

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA) 63 67(4) 63 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 63

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) d. Yasitha De Silva/Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 60 62 63

Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) d. Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA) 46 26 63 63 61

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Harshana Godamanna (SRI) 64 67(5) 63 76(6)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

PERU defeated URUGUAY 3-2

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

 

Jorge Brian Panta (PER) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 57 75 67(5) 76(4) 64

Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 67(5) 61 62 61

Ariel Behar/Martin Cuevas (URU) d. Duilio Vallebuona/Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) 64 76(3) 75

Martin Cuevas (URU) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 75 61 64

Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio (PER) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 57 57 61 64 62

 

MEXICO defeated GUATEMALA 3-2

Venue: Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo Stadium, San Francisco de Campeche, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Lucas Gomez (MEX) d. Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) 64 36 62 62

Hans Hach (MEX) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(5) 67(2) 46 63 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) 61 76(7) 63

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 62 62

Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA) d. Hans Hach (MEX) 63 62

 

EL SALVADOR defeated PUERTO RICO 3-2

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Ciudad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Sebastian Arcila (PUR) d. Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin (ESA) 64 64 62

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Alex Diaz (PUR) 62 62 60

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR) 67(6) 62 62 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Sebastian Arcila (PUR) 62 75 61

Ignacio Garcia (PUR) d. Sebastian Quiros (ESA) 61 62

 

VENEZUELA defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

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

 

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Bruno Britez (PAR) 67(8) 75 61 75

Luis David Martinez (VEN) d. Ayed Zatar (PAR) 75 36 76(7) 64

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) d. Bruno Britez/Ayed Zatar (PAR) 62 62 64

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Francisco Yim Kim (PAR) 61 60

Miguel Angel Este (VEN) d. Hernando Jose Escurra Isnardi (PAR) 63 63

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Draws Announced for Davis Cup World Group First Round and Zone Group Ties

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(March 3, 2016) The ITF has announced the draws for the Davis Cup World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 4-6 March. A total of 32 ties are being held this weekend.

 

Lleyton Hewitt has been named playing captain for Australia in their World Group tie against USA in Melbourne. He is the first playing captain in a World Group tie since Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in 2006.

 

This weekend also sees the introduction of fifth set tiebreaks in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in all live singles and doubles rubbers.

 

Live scoring for all ties is available on the official Davis Cup website throughout the weekend. In addition, the English and Spanish versions of the website both feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews and live streaming. There is also a fan zone showing the best social media content on www.daviscup.com/showyourcolours

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

GREAT BRITAIN v JAPAN

Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Andy Murray (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Dominic Inglot/Jamie Murray (GBR) v Yoshihito Nishioka/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)

Andy Murray (GBR) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

Daniel Evans (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

 

SERBIA v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: Pionir Hall, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)

Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)

 

ITALY v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Simone Bolelli/Marco Cecchinato (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli/Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) v Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

 

POLAND v ARGENTINA

Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Guido Pella (ARG)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Lukasz Kubot/Marcin Matkowski (POL) v Carlos Berlocq/Renzo Olivo (ARG)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) v Guido Pella (ARG)

 

FRANCE v CANADA

Venue: Vélodrome Amédée Detraux, Guadeloupe, FRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)

Gilles Simon (FRA) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Richard Gasquet/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Philip Bester/Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Gael Monfils (FRA) v Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

Gilles Simon (FRA) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)

 

GERMANY v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: TUI Arena, Hannover, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

Alexander Zverev (GER) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Dustin Brown/Philipp Petzschner (GER) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Alexander Zverev (GER) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

 

AUSTRALIA v USA

Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Kooyong, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Samuel Groth (AUS) v John Isner (USA)

Bernard Tomic (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA)

Samuel Groth/John Peers (AUS) v Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)

Bernard Tomic (AUS) v John Isner (USA)

Samuel Groth (AUS) v Jack Sock (USA)

 

BELGIUM v CROATIA

Venue: Country Hall du Sart-Tilman, Liège, BEL (clay – indoor)

 

Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

David Goffin (BEL) v Borna Coric (CRO)

Ruben Bemelmans/Arthur De Greef (BEL) v Ivan Dodig/Franko Skugor (CRO)

David Goffin (BEL) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Borna Coric (CRO)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA v SLOVENIA

Venue: Sala Sporturilor, Arad, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Marius Copil (ROU) v Blaz Rola (SLO)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) v Aljaz Radinski/Tomislav Ternar (SLO)

Adrian Ungur (ROU) v Blaz Rola (SLO)

Marius Copil (ROU) v Grega Zemlja (SLO)

 

PORTUGAL v AUSTRIA

Venue: Pavilhao Vitoria Sport Clube, Guimarães, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Joao Sousa (POR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Dominic Thiem (AUT)

Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR) v Dennis Novak/Alexander Peya (AUT)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Dominic Thiem (AUT)

Gastao Elias (POR) v Gerald Melzer (AUT)

 

RUSSIA v SWEDEN

Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Isak Arvidsson (SWE)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Daniel Windahl (SWE)

Evgeny Donskoy/Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS) v Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)

Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) v Isak Arvidsson (SWE)

Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) v Daniel Windahl (SWE)

 

HUNGARY v ISRAEL

Venue: Heroes’ Square Stadium, Budapest, HUN (clay – indoor)

 

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) v Jonathan Erlich/Edan Leshem (ISR)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Peter Nagy (HUN) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

KOREA, REPUBLIC v NEW ZEALAND

Venue: Olympic Tennis Courts, Seoul, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) v Jose Statham (NZL)

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Michael Venus (NZL)

Chung Hyeon / Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) v Artem Sitak/Michael Venus (NZL)

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Jose Statham (NZL)

Hong Seong Chan (KOR) v Michael Venus (NZL)

 

PAKISTAN v CHINA, P.R.

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

 

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

Yasir Khan (PAK) v Di Wu (CHN)

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) v Yan Bai/Mao-Xin Gong (CHN)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) v Di Wu (CHN)

Yasir Khan (PAK) v Ze Zhang (CHN)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ECUADOR v BARBADOS

Venue: Portoviejo Tennis Club, Portoviejo, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Emilio Gomez (ECU) v Adam Hornby (BAR)

Ivan Endara (ECU) v Darian King (BAR)

Emilio Gomez/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) v Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR)

Emilio Gomez (ECU) v Darian King (BAR)

Ivan Endara (ECU) v Adam Hornby (BAR)

 

CHILE v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez P – Court Central, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Jose Olivares (DOM)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM)

Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Manuel Castellanos/Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM)

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) v Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Jose Olivares (DOM)

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

LITHUANIA v NORWAY

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ricardas Berankis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) v Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) v Viktor Durasovic (NOR)

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) v Casper Ruud (NOR)

 

SOUTH AFRICA v LUXEMBOURG

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Tucker Vorster (RSA) v Alex Knaff (LUX)

Lloyd Harris (RSA) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Dean O’Brien/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) v Ugo Nastasi/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

Tucker Vorster (RSA) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Lloyd Harris (RSA) v Alex Knaff (LUX)

 

TURKEY v BULGARIA

Venue: Ankara Tenis Kulübü, Ankara, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Cem Ilkel (TUR) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

Tuna Altuna/Altug Celikbilek (TUR) v Aleksandar Lazov/Vasko Mladenov (BUL)

Marsel Ilhan (TUR) v Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL)

Cem Ilkel (TUR) v Alexandar Lazarov (BUL)

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v TUNISIA

Venue: Gradska Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (carpet – indoor)

 

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Anis Ghorbel (TUN)

Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Malek Jaziri (TUN)

Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Malek Jaziri/Skander Mansouri (TUN)

Mirza Basic (BIH) v Malek Jaziri (TUN)

Tomislav Brkic (BIH) v Anis Ghorbel (TUN)

 

LATVIA v MONACO

Venue: Daugavpils Olimpiskais Centrs, Daugavpils, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Martins Podzus (LAT) v Romain Arneodo (MON)

Mikelis Libietis (LAT) v Benjamin Balleret (MON)

Mikelis Libietis/Martins Podzus (LAT) v Lucas Catarina/Thomas Oger (MON)

Mikelis Libietis (LAT) v Romain Arneodo (MON)

Martins Podzus (LAT) v Benjamin Balleret (MON)

 

EGYPT v BELARUS

Venue: El Gezera Sporting Club, Cairo, EGY (clay – outdoor)

 

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) v Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun/Sherif Sabry (EGY) v Sergey Betov/Alexander Bury (BLR)

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) v Egor Gerasimov (BLR)

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) v Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

 

FINLAND v ZIMBABWE

Venue: Kittilan Urheiluhalli, Kittila, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Courtney John Lock (ZIM)

Harri Heliovaara (FIN) v Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM)

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Mark Fynn/Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM)

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Takanyi Garanganga (ZIM)

Harri Heliovaara (FIN) v Courtney John Lock (ZIM)

 

GEORGIA v DENMARK

Venue: New Sport Hall, Tbilisi, GEO (carpet – indoor)

 

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Christian Sigsgaard (DEN)

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Nikoloz Basilashvili/George Tsivadze (GEO) v Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) v Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

George Tsivadze (GEO) v Christian Sigsgaard (DEN)

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v MALAYSIA

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

 

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Huang Liang-Chi (TPE) v Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib (MAS)

Huang Liang-Chi / Yi Chu-Huan (TPE) v Mohd Assri Merzuki/Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib (MAS)

Huang Liang-Chi (TPE) v Mohd Assri Merzuki (MAS)

Hung Jui-Chen (TPE) v Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib (MAS)

 

PHILIPPINES v KUWAIT

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig City, Metro-Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v Abdulrahman Alawadhi (KUW)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW)

Francis Casey Alcantara/Treat Huey (PHI) v Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdulhamid Mubarak (KUW)

Jeson Patrombon (PHI) v Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW)

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) v Abdulrahman Alawadhi (KUW)

 

INDONESIA v VIETNAM

Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Minh Tuan Pham (VIE)

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Christopher Rungkat/Sunu-Wahyu Trijati (INA) v Nam Hoang Ly/Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE)

Christopher Rungkat (INA) v Nam Hoang Ly (VIE)

Aditya Hari Sasongko (INA) v Minh Tuan Pham (VIE)

 

THAILAND v SRI LANKA

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

 

Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI)

Sanchai Ratiwatana/Sonchat Ratiwatana (THA) v Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

Puriwat Chatpatcharoen (THA) v Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) v Harshana Godamanna (SRI)

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

PERU v URUGUAY

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

 

Jorge Brian Panta (PER) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Santiago Maresca (URU)

Duilio Vallebuona/Juan Pablo VARILLAS PATINO-SAMUDIO (PER) v Ariel Behar/Martin Cuevas (URU)

Mauricio Echazu (PER) v Martin Cuevas (URU)

Jorge Brian Panta (PER) v Santiago Maresca (URU)

 

MEXICO v GUATEMALA

Venue: Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo Stadium, San Francisco de Campeche, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Lucas Gomez (MEX) v Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA)
Hans Hach (MEX) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)
Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA)
Lucas Gomez (MEX) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)
Hans Hach (MEX) v Wilfredo Gonzalez (GUA)

 

EL SALVADOR v PUERTO RICO

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Ciudad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin (ESA) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) v Sebastian Arcila/Alex Diaz (PUR)

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) v Sebastian Arcila (PUR)

Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin (ESA) v Alex Diaz (PUR)

 

VENEZUELA v PARAGUAY

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

 

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Bruno Britez (PAR)

Luis David Martinez (VEN) v Ayed Zatar (PAR)

Luis David Martinez/Roberto Maytin (VEN) v Bruno Britez/Ayed Zatar (PAR)

Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Ayed Zatar (PAR)

Luis David Martinez (VEN) v Bruno Britez (PAR)

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Nominations Announced for Davis Cup World Group First Round and Zone Group Ties

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(February 23, 2016) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 4-6 March. A total of 32 ties will be held next week.

 

The Draws for all ties will be held on Thursday 3 March.

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

GREAT BRITAIN v JAPAN

Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, GBR (hard – indoor)

 

Great Britain

Andy Murray

Kyle Edmund

Jamie Murray

Dominic Inglot

Captain: Leon Smith

 

Japan

Kei Nishikori

Taro Daniel

Yoshihito Nishioka

Yasutaka Uchiyama

Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

SERBIA v KAZAKHSTAN

Venue: Pionir Hall, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Serbia

Novak Djokovic

Viktor Troicki

Filip Krajinovic

Nenad Zimonjic

Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

 

Kazakhstan

Mikhail Kukushkin

Andrey Golubev

Aleksandr Nedovyesov

Dmitry Popko

Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

ITALY v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Adriatic Arena, Pesaro, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Italy

Andreas Seppi

Paolo Lorenzi

Simone Bolelli

Marco Cecchinato

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

Switzerland

Marco Chiudinelli

Henri Laaksonen

Adrien Bossel

Antoine Bellier

Captain: Severin Luthi

 

POLAND v ARGENTINA

Venue: Ergo Arena, Gdansk, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Poland

Jerzy Janowicz

Kamil Majchrzak

Lukasz Kubot

Marcin Matkowski

Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

Argentina

Leonardo Mayer

Guido Pella

Carlos Berlocq

Renzo Olivo

Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

FRANCE v CANADA

Venue: Vélodrome Amédée Detraux, Guadeloupe, FRA (clay – outdoor)

 

France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils

Gilles Simon

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

Canada

Milos Raonic

Vasek Pospisil

Frank Dancevic

Daniel Nestor

Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

GERMANY v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: TUI Arena, Hannover, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Germany

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Alexander Zverev

Dustin Brown

Philipp Petzschner

Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

Czech Republic

Tomas Berdych

Lukas Rosol

Jiri Vesely

Radek Stepanek

Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

 

AUSTRALIA v USA

Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Melbourne, AUS (grass – outdoor)

 

Australia

Bernard Tomic

Nick Kyrgios

Samuel Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

 

USA

John Isner

Jack Sock

Bob Bryan

Mike Bryan

Captain: Jim Courier

 

BELGIUM v CROATIA

Venue: Country Hall du Sart-Tilman, Liège, BEL (clay – indoor)

 

Belgium

David Goffin

Kimmer Coppejans

Ruben Bemelmans

Arthur De Greef

Captain: Johan Van Herck

 

Croatia

Marin Cilic

Borna Coric

Ivan Dodig

Marin Draganja

Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA v SLOVENIA

Venue: Sala Sporturilor, Arad, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Romania

Adrian Ungur

Marius Copil

Horia Tecau

Florin Mergea

Captain: Andrei Pavel

 

Slovenia

Blaz Rola

Grega Zemlja

Tomislav Ternar

Aljaz Radinski

Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

PORTUGAL v AUSTRIA

Venue: Pavilhao Vitoria Sport Clube, Guimarães, POR (hard – indoor)

 

Portugal

Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Frederico Ferreira Silva

Pedro Sousa

Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Austria

Dominic Thiem

Gerald Melzer

Dennis Novak

Alexander Peya

Captain: Stefan Koubek

 

RUSSIA v SWEDEN

Venue: Kazan Tennis Academy, Kazan, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Russia

Teymuraz Gabashvili

Andrey Kuznetsov

Evgeny Donskoy

Konstantin Kravchuk

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

Sweden

Isak Arvidsson

Daniel Windahl

Robert Lindstedt

Johan Brunstrom

Captain: Fredrik Rosengren

 

HUNGARY v ISRAEL

Venue: Heroes’ Square Stadium, Budapest, HUN (clay – indoor)

 

Hungary

Marton Fucsovics

Peter Nagy

Gabor Borsos

Levente Godry

Captain: Zoltan Kuharszky

 

Israel

Dudi Sela

Amir Weintraub

Edan Leshem

Jonathan Erlich

Captain: Eyal Ran

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

KOREA, REPUBLIC v NEW ZEALAND

Venue: Olympic Tennis Courts, Seoul, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Korea, Republic

Chung Hyeon

Duck Hee Lee

Hong Seong Chan

Lim Yong-Kyu

Captain: Roh Gap-Taik

 

New Zealand

Finn Tearney

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Artem Sitak

Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

PAKISTAN v CHINA, P.R.

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

 

Pakistan

Aisam Qureshi
Aqeel Khan

Muhammad Abid

Yasir Khan

Playing captain: Aisam Qureshi

 

China, P.R.

Wu Di

Bai Yan

Zhang Ze

Gong Mao-Xin

Captain: Jiang Wei

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ECUADOR v BARBADOS

Venue: Portoviejo Tennis Club, Portoviejo, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Ecuador

Giovanni Lapentti

Emilio Gomez

Gonzalo Escobar

Ivan Endara

Captain: Raul Viver

 

Barbados

Darian King

Haydn Lewis

Adam Hornby

Seanon Williams

Captain: Kevin Yarde

 

CHILE v DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez P – Court Central, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Chile

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Gonzalo Lama

Christian Garin

Julio Peralta

Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

Dominican Republic

Victor Estrella Burgos

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez

Jose Olivares

Manuel Castellanos

Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

LITHUANIA v NORWAY

Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Lithuania

Ricardas Berankis

Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

Norway

Viktor Durasovic

Casper Ruud

Joachim Bjerke

Fredrik Ask

Captain: Anders Haseth

 

SOUTH AFRICA v LUXEMBOURG

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

South Africa

Tucker Vorster

Lloyd Harris

Ruan Roelofse

Dean O’Brien

Captain: Marcos Ondruska

 

Luxembourg

Ugo Nastasi

Alex Knaff

Tom Diederich

Mike Scheidweiler

Captain: Johny Goudenbour

 

TURKEY v BULGARIA

Venue: Ankara Tenis Kulübü, Ankara, TUR (hard – indoor)

 

Turkey

Marsel Ilhan

Cem Ilkel

Altug Celikbilek

Sarp Agabigun

Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

 

Bulgaria

Dimitar Kuzmanov
Aleksandar Lazov
Vasko Mladenov
Alexandar Lazarov
Captain: Todor Enev

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v TUNISIA

Venue: Gradska Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (carpet – indoor)

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina

Mirza Basic

Tomislav Brkic

Nerman Fatic

Amer Delic

Playing captain: Amer Delic

 

Tunisia

Malek Jaziri

Anis Ghorbel

Moez Echargui

Skander Mansouri

Captain: Walid Jallali

 

LATVIA v MONACO

Venue: Daugavpils Olimpiskais Centrs, Daugavpils, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Latvia

Mikelis Libietis

Martins Podzus

Janis Podzus

Rudolfs Mednis

Captain: Karlis Lejnieks

 

Monaco

Romain Arneodo

Benjamin Balleret

Lucas Catarina

Thomas Oger

Captain: Christophe Boggetti

 

EGYPT v BELARUS

Venue: El Gezera Sporting Club, Cairo, EGY (clay – outdoor)

 

Egypt

Mohamed Safwat

Karim-Mohamed Maamoun

Sherif Sabry

Karim Hossam

Captain: Mohamed Mamoun

 

Belarus

Egor Gerasimov

Ilya Ivashka

Sergey Betov

Alexander Bury

Captain: Vladimir Valchkov

 

FINLAND v ZIMBABWE

Venue: Kittilan Urheiluhalli, Kittila, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Finland

Jarkko Nieminen

Harri Heliovaara

Eero Vasa

Henri Kontinen

Captain: Kim Tiilikainen

 

Zimbabwe

Takanyi Garanganga

Mark Fynn

Courtney John Lock

Captain: Martin Dzuwa

 

GEORGIA v DENMARK

Venue: New Sport Hall, Tbilisi, GEO (carpet – indoor)

 

Georgia

Nikoloz Basilashvili

George Tsivadze

Giorgi Javakhishvili

Irakli Metreveli

Captain: Vladimer Gabrichidze

 

Denmark

Frederik Nielsen

Benjamin Hannestad

Thomas Kromann

Christian Sigsgaard

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v MALAYSIA

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

 

Chinese Taipei

Lu Yen-Hsun

Huang Liang-Chi

Hung Jui-Chen

Yi Chu-Huan

Captain: Jinn-Yen Chiang

 

Malaysia

Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak

Mohd Assri Merzuki

Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib

Hao Sheng Koay

Captain: Muliyadi Bin Jamal

 

PHILIPPINES v KUWAIT

Venue: Valle Verde Country Club, Pasig City, Metro-Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Philippines

Jeson Patrombon

Francis Casey Alcantara

Treat Huey

Ruben Gonzales

Captain: Karl Santamaria

 

Kuwait

Mohammad Ghareeb

Abdulrahman Alawadhi

Abdulhamid Mubarak

Abdulhameed Alshatti

Captain: Adel Al Shatti

 

INDONESIA v VIETNAM

Venue: Gelora Manahan Tennis Stadium Complex, Surakarta, INA (hard – outdoor)

 

Indonesia

Christopher Rungkat

David Agung Susanto

Aditya Hari Sasongko

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati

Captain: Roy Therik

 

Vietnam

Nam Hoang Ly

Thien Nguyen Hoang

Minh Tuan Pham

Artem Vu

Captain: Quoc-Bao Truong

 

THAILAND v SRI LANKA

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

 

Thailand

Puriwat Chatpatcharoen

Pruchya Isarow

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Captain: Paradorn Srichaphan

 

Sri Lanka

Sharmal Dissanayake

Harshana Godamanna

Dineshkanthan Thangarajah

Yasitha de Silva

Captain: Rohan de Silva

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

PERU v URUGUAY

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

 

Peru

Mauricio Echazu

Juan Pablo Varillas Patino-Samudio

Jorge Brian Panta

Duilio Vallebuona

Captain: Pablo Arraya

 

Uruguay

Martin Cuevas
Santiago Maresca
Ariel Behar
Rodrigo Arus
Captain: Enrique Perez

 

MEXICO v GUATEMALA

Venue: Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo Stadium, San Francisco de Campeche, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Mexico

Lucas Gomez

Hans Hach

Santiago Gonzalez

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela

Captain: Leonardo Lavalle

 

Guatemala

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa

Wilfredo Gonzalez

Christopher Vleeming Ortiz

Anthony Benjamin Vasquez Rodas

Playing captain: Anthony Benjamin Vasquez Rodas

 

EL SALVADOR v PUERTO RICO

Venue: Complejo Polideportivo de Ciudad Merliot, Santa Tecla, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

El Salvador

Marcelo Arevalo

Sebastian Quiros

Rafael Arevalo

Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin

Captain: Miguel Merz

 

Puerto Rico

Sebastian Arcila

Alex Diaz

Ignacio Garcia

Alejandro Rodriguez-Vidal

Captain: Jorge F. Gonzalez

 

VENEZUELA v PARAGUAY

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

 

Venezuela

Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Miguel Angel Este

Roberto Maytin

Captain: Jose de Armas

 

Paraguay

Ayed Zatar

Bruno Britez

Francisco Yim Kim

Hernando Jose Escurra Isnardi

Captain: Paulo Carvallo

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Line-up Confirmed for 2016 ITF Junior Masters

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(January 25, 2016) Hungarian duo Dalma Galfi, the 2015 ITF Girls World Champion, and Mate Valkusz, the current boys’ world No. 1, head the entry for the 2016 ITF Junior Masters taking place at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre in Chengdu, China on 8-10 April.

 

The ITF Junior Masters, now in its second year, is an international event showcasing eight male and eight female players who qualify on the basis of their 18-and-under ITF Junior World Ranking at the end of the year. The ITF Junior Masters consists of two knock-out singles events, with each player guaranteed three matches to determine their final finishing position. Players will compete for a total prize fund of $160,000 in travel grants, and will also compete for wild cards into professional events.

 

The following players will contest the 2016 ITF Junior Masters:

 

Women’s singles


Dalma Galfi (HUN)
Katie Swan (GBR)
Anna Blinkova (RUS)
Tereza Mihalikova (SVK)
Usue Arconada (USA)
Sofia Kenin (USA)
Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Kayla Day (USA)

 

Men’s singles


Casper Ruud (NOR)
Mate Valkusz (HUN)
Hong Seong Chan (KOR)
Marcelo Barrios Vera (CHI)
Orlando Luz (BRA)
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
William Blumberg (USA)
Alvaro Lopez San Martin (ESP)

 

Galfi, the 2015 US Open junior champion, lines up alongside Australian Open junior champion Tereza Mihalikova and runner-up Katie Swan, and Wimbledon junior finalist Anna Blinkova. They will be joined by Sofia Kenin, a member of the United States’ 2014 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas winning team.

 

Valkusz, who took over the boys’ No. 1 ranking at the start of 2016, heads up the men’s entries alongside 2015 Orange Bowl junior champion Miomir Kecmanovic, Australian Open junior runner-up Hong Seong Chan and 2014 double Youth Olympic medallist Orlando Luz. They will be joined by 2013 Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas winner Alvaro Lopez San Martin.

 

The provision of travel grants is one of the ways in which the ITF Junior Masters assists these top juniors in making a transition from junior tennis to the professional game. Each player competing in the 2016 ITF Junior Masters will earn a minimum travel grant of $7,000, while the boys’ and girls’ champions will both be awarded $15,000 travel grants. Players will also compete for wild cards into professional events donated by National Associations, with further details to be confirmed later this year.

 

The Sichuan International Tennis Centre will host the event for the second year as part of the ITF’s three-year agreement with the Chinese Tennis Association and the Chengdu Sport Bureau. The centre, which was built in 2008 and consists of 32 hard courts, has hosted several international events. The ITF Junior Masters will be staged on the centre’s two show courts, including a 6,000-capacity centre court, with matches broadcast by Sichuan TV and streamed live over the three days of competition.

 

The ITF Junior Masters joins the ITF junior team competitions, the 14-and-under ITF World Junior Tennis competition, and 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, as the premier junior events on the 2016 ITF calendar.

 

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Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic Named 2015 ITF World Champions

(December 22, 2015) The International Tennis Federation announced that Serena Williams of the United States and Novak Djokovic of Serbia are the 2015 ITF World Champions. Williams is named Women’s World Champion for the sixth time, while this is the fifth occasion that Djokovic has received the honor.

 

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sania Mirza of India become Women’s Doubles World Champions, while Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Romania’s Horia Tecau are Men’s Doubles World Champions. Hingis is an ITF World Champion 15 years after last being named World Champion in singles in 2000, while Tecau was previously World Champion in boys doubles in 2002.

 

Dalma Galfi of Hungary and USA’s Taylor Fritz are named ITF Junior World Champions, while the ITF Wheelchair World Champions are Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands and Japan’s Shingo Kunieda, who becomes men’s champion for the seventh time.

 

The ITF World Champions will receive their awards at the 2016 ITF World Champions Dinner on Tuesday 31 May, in Paris, during Roland Garros.

 

Serena Williams came within two matches of achieving the Grand Slam in 2015, winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and held all four Slams at the same time for the second time in her career. She won five titles overall, and finished No. 1 in the year-end rankings for the fifth time on the back of a 53-3 win-loss record.

 

Williams said: “It means a lot to me to be named the ITF World Champion for the sixth time. I am proud to have achieved my second Serena Slam, in what has been an amazing year for me. Thank you for this recognition and for the undying support of the tennis community.”

 

Novak Djokovic won a career-best 11 titles in 2015, ending at No. 1 in the year-end rankings for the fourth time. He won three major titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, and was runner-up at Roland Garros. He was in commanding form on all surfaces, boasting a career-best 82-6 win-loss record during the year.

 

Djokovic said: “It is an honour to be named ITF World Champion for the fifth time. My season was the best of my career with many highlights. It inspires me even more to keep on going, and I hope to continue to play at this level in 2016.”

 

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau enjoyed a breakthrough season which saw the Dutch-Romanian pairing capture their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. They also won Rotterdam and the ATP World Tour Finals, capturing the season-ending title without losing a set to clinch the year-end No. 1 doubles team ranking. Both players have received support from the Grand Slam Development Fund.

 

Tecau said: “It is very rewarding and fulfilling to end the year as an ITF World Champion for the second time in my career. We have been improving all areas of our game, and are happy to be moving in the right direction. This is what we dream about, and it’s very motivating to carry on and try and push our limits again.”

 

Rojer said: “I’m extremely happy and glad with how the whole year went. It is very satisfying to have achieved these results with my partner Horia after putting in so much hard work.”

 

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza only joined forces in March but proved a force to be reckoned with in 2015, winning two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven further tournaments. They won their last 22 matches from the start of the US Open through wins in Asia at Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals, ending the year with a 55-7 record.

 

Hingis said: “It is a great honour to be named ITF Women’s Doubles World Champions. Sania and I have enjoyed every minute of the season and we hope to continue in 2016 in the same fashion. We are set to join a long list of champions and it is a privilege to be recognised alongside them.”

 

Mirza said: “I am very honoured to receive this award from the ITF after what has been a great year for me and Martina. It is incredible that we have achieved so much in such a short time playing together. I am grateful to everyone that has helped me throughout my career and I hope that my success can inspire other girls in India.”

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who repeat as ITF World Champions, turned in exceptional performances in 2015, each winning three Grand Slam titles and dominating the rankings. In doubles, there are two new teams to receive this honour, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, and Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza. Both Rojer and Tecau are beneficiaries of the Grand Slam Development Fund, while both Tecau and Hingis are previous ITF World Champions.”

 

The ITF’s selection of its senior World Champions is based on an objective system that considers all results during the year, but gives special weight to the Grand Slam tournaments, and two ITF international team competitions, Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas.

 

Dalma Galfi is the first-ever Hungarian player to receive the ITF World Champion honour in any category. In a competitive girls’ season on the ITF Junior Circuit, the 17-year-old won the US Open and secured the year-end No. 1 ranking in the very last tournament of the year.

 

Galfi said: “I’m very happy and proud to be World Champion in 2015. I’m the first Hungarian to achieve this and it means a lot to me. I hope that the up-and-coming Hungarian players can follow in my footsteps, as there are a lot talented young players in our country.”

 

Taylor Fritz is the first American boy to be named ITF Junior World Champion since Donald Young in 2005. The 18-year-old reached two Grand Slam junior singles finals in 2015, winning the US Open, and after taking over the No. 1 ranking in June he held on to the top spot for the rest of the season.

 

Fritz said: “It feels amazing to be the ITF Junior World Champion. It’s been a goal of mine for many years and it feels great to actually achieve it. I loved ITF junior tennis and I hope I can build on the great foundation it has laid for me.”

 

As ITF World Champion for the seventh time, Shingo Kunieda is now the most decorated man in the wheelchair men’s category. The Japanese had another outstanding season, collecting seven titles on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, including all three Grand Slam singles titles, and achieving a 30-2 singles win-loss record.

 

Kunieda said: “I am really happy to be World Champion for the seventh time and set a new record. I am grateful for the support of my team who have helped me a lot this year, and my goal is now to win my third consecutive gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

 

Jiske Griffioen of Netherlands had a breakthrough 2015, winning her first Grand Slam wheelchair singles title at the Australian Open, and following up with a second major title at Roland Garros. Having been ranked continuously in the Top 5 since September 2010, the 30-year-old finally reached the top spot in June and stayed there for the rest of the year.

 

Griffioen said: “It was an amazing year for me. In January I won my first Grand Slam singles title, and then in June won my second Grand Slam title and took over the world No. 1 ranking for the first time in my career. This was a great reward for a lot of hard work.”

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “I would like to thank all the 2015 ITF World Champions for their contribution to another memorable year for our sport.”

 

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Davis Cup Final Will Still Take Place Next Week

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(November 17, 2015) Despite concerns following the Paris attacks, the Davis Cup final between Belgium and Great Britain will go ahead as planned in Ghent, Belgium said the International Tennis Federation.

The Davis Cup final will be held in the Flanders Expo November 27-29.

Great Britain and Belgium named their teams. Great Britain’s team, led by Captain Leon Smith will consist of Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.

“Our GB Davis Cup team is proud to be competing in the Final in Ghent this year,” said Smith. “It is an historic ‎moment in British Tennis and I’m delighted to name these five players for the tie against Belgium. Andy has led from the front throughout this campaign, showing time and again what it means to him to pull on the GB jersey. He shows determination, commitment and passion that inspires the other British players on the bench and our fantastic fans in the stands.

 

The team has had some incredible results this year, and we know that off the back of defeating the three other Grand Slam nations we carry great momentum going into the final, however we will ‎not underestimate the challenge in front of us. The Belgian team is full of top 100 talent and they will push us all the way.

 

“While our team will be spearheaded by Andy, the other guys give us strong options in both the singles and the doubles positions. Jamie is having an outstanding year and is firmly established as a top 10 world ranked doubles player‎. He has played a key part in our ties this year with vital wins against both France and Australia partnering Andy.

 

“Dom is playing some of the best tennis of his career having reached the semi-finals of the US Open and recently the semi-finals of the Paris Masters Series. He played an outstanding Davis Cup match earlier in the year with Jamie against the Bryan brothers, narrowly losing the fifth set. In James Ward, we have a player who really gets the Davis Cup and has had several big wins over the last few years against top 100 players in this competition. Kyle Edmund has had a very good year on the tour, breaking top 100 for the first time and qualifying at both Australian and French Open.

 

“The support from our fans has been unbelievable. There is no other word for it. For those making the trip to Belgium it will be more important than ever that they make as much noise as possible and get behind the team”

Belgium will field David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans. Johan van Herck is the captain of the Belgian team.

The Draw for the Final will take place on Thursday 26 November at 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Both nations came make up to two nomination changes up until one hour before the draw.

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Davis Cup Results: Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden Remain in Zone Group I in 2016

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(November 1, 2015) The ITF has announced the final results for the three Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I second round play-off ties taking place on 30 October-1 November.

 

Barbados, Slovenia and Sweden will all remain in Zone Group I in 2016, while Denmark, Lithuania and Uruguay have all been relegated to 2016 Zone Group II.

 

The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday 3 November. The seeds will be based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 2 November

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

BARBADOS defeated URUGUAY 3-2

Venue:  National Tennis Centre, St. Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Santiago Maresca (URU) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 62 61
Darian King (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus (URU) 61 63 36 61
Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Rodrigo Arus/Santiago Maresca (URU) 62 62 62
Darian King (BAR) d. Santiago Maresca (URU) 76(6) 62 60
Nicolas Xiviller (URU) d. Russell Moseley (BAR) 61 64

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND PLAY-OFF

 

SWEDEN defeated DENMARK 3-2

Venue: Antvorskovhallen, Slagelse, DEN (hard – indoor)
Markus Eriksson (SWE) d. Andreas Bjerrehus (DEN) 67(5) 67(5) 76(3) 76(3) 97
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 75 63 64
Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Johan Brunstrom/Fred Simonsson (SWE) 67(3) 62 76(5) 76(9)
Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 62 76(2) 76(8)
Mikael Ymer (SWE) d. Christian Sigsgaard (DEN) 64 60 36 57 62

 

SLOVENIA defeated LITHUANIA 5-0

Venue: Teniski Klub Triglav Kranj, Kranj, SLO (hard – indoor)
Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 63 75 62
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(6) 62 62
Blaz Kavcic/Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Laurynas Grigelis/Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 64 76(1) 64
Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 62 62
Tom Kocevar-Desman (SLO) d. Tadas Babelis (LTU) 62 26 64

 

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