June 26, 2017

ITF Approves Davis Cup and Fed Cup Reforms

ITF Approves Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Reforms

 

From the International Tennis Federation:

(June 6, 2017) The ITF Board of Directors has approved a series of reforms for Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas that have been recommended by the Davis Cup and Fed Cup Committees. The ITF AGM will be asked to approve these changes at its meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in August 2017.

 

The wide-ranging reform package includes:

 

  • All singles matches in Davis Cup will be played as best-of-three sets, rather than best-of-five sets. Davis Cup will retain its three-day format, with doubles still played on the Saturday over the best-of-five sets.
  • The finalists in both Davis Cup and Fed Cup will be guaranteed the choice of hosting their first-round tie in the following year.
  • Hosting costs for national associations will be reduced.
  • The dead rubber policy will be amended to reduce the number of dead rubbers.

 

Bids to host fixed venue finals for Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas have been received and are being assessed. The Board will reconvene later this month.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas are two of the most iconic team competitions in sport, but there is no doubt change is needed to ensure that we maximise their full potential. While still needing AGM approval, we are confident that our National Associations will see that to vote for these reforms is to vote for the long-term future of our competitions and our sport.”

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Grand Slam® Tournaments Announce 14 Recipients of International Player Grand Slam Grants

Grand Slam® tournaments announce 14 recipients of International Player Grand Slam Grants

 

ITF: (May 22, 2017) Fourteen players from 12 countries have been selected to receive the first ever International Player Grand Slam® Grants financed by the Grand Slam Development Fund (GSDF). The new Programme will provide total funding in 2017 of $650,000 to selected players from around the world as a contribution towards their competition-related costs with the aim of helping them to develop as professional tennis players and compete in Grand Slam tournaments.

 

The GSDF Committee has awarded grants to players who meet specific age, ranking and regional representation criteria and show exceptional potential.

 

The following six men and six women will receive $50,000 grants: Christian Garin (CHI), Lloyd Harris (RSA), Ilya Ivashka (BLR), Jurabek Karimov (UZB), Duckhee Lee (KOR), Elias Ymer (SWE), Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA), Ons Jabeur (TUN), Rebecca Peterson (SWE), Sabina Sharipova (UZB), Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) and Renata Zarazua (MEX).

 

In addition, Jose Statham (NZL) and Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) will both receive $25,000 grants as the highest ranked players in the Pacific region to ensure that at least one player from each region receives a grant.

 

Eight of these players – Garin, Ivashka, Lee, Ymer, Haddad Maia, Jabeur, Sharipova and Tomova – are competing in the Roland Garros qualifying event, which began in Paris today.

 

US Open Chairman Katrina Adams said on behalf of the Grand Slam tournaments: “This important new initiative will provide necessary support to players that we believe show the potential to rise to the top of the game, ensuring that more nations are represented at the highest levels.”

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “I would like to thank the Grand Slam tournaments for their long-term leadership, commitment and support which has been invaluable to tennis development throughout the world, particularly in those nations with fewer available resources.”

 

The GSDF was originally established in 1986 to encourage and increase competitive opportunities in developing tennis regions. With annual contributions from the four Grand Slam tournaments, the Fund has become an effective means to develop competitive tennis worldwide. The Fund has contributed over $45 million to tennis development since its inception, with over $3.1 million available for distribution in 2017.

 

The Fund is designed to encourage the establishment of both junior and professional circuits, and to assist players directly, through touring teams or travel grants, to gain international competitive experience. This has helped increase the number of nations represented in Grand Slam tournaments and other international competitions.

 

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka; former Australian Open and  Roland Garros winner Li Na; and three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten are among the leading names to have been supported by the Fund.

 

Victoria Azarenka said: “I was fortunate to receive assistance from the Grand Slam Development Fund when I was a junior. Having just learned about this new exciting programme, I am sure that this increased investment from the Grand Slam tournaments will further help talented young players from all over the world to compete at the highest levels.”

 

Biographies of all 14 players are below:

 

International Player Grand Slam Grants

 

Men

 

Duckhee Lee (KOR)

Date of Birth: 29 May 1998

Place of Birth: Jecheon, Korea, Rep.

 

Eighteen-year-old Duckhee Lee has been a prominent young prospect on the tennis circuit for some time. Making headlines for his evident talent in spite of being born profoundly deaf, Lee’s story has been one of steady progression since he first picked up a racket at the age of five. The Jecheon native turned professional aged just 14 back in 2012 but has already won 10 titles on the ITF Pro Circuit, including three this year. His progress has accelerated over the last year – he reached his first ATP Challenger Final in Kaohsiung in September 2016 and climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 130 this April.
Elias Ymer (SWE)

Date of Birth: 10 April 1996

Place of Birth: Skara, Sweden
An exciting young player touted by many to have the potential to put Swedish tennis back on the map, 21-year-old Elias Ymer has already shown signs of his supreme talent at the highest level. Ymer qualified for all four Grand Slams in 2015 – becoming the second player in the Open Era to do so in one year – and went on to reach his first ATP quarterfinal in Gstaad in 2016. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 118 in May 2016, before completing a family double by the end of the year when he claimed the Stockholm doubles title alongside younger brother Mikael.

 

Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

Date of Birth: 24 February 1994

Place of Birth: Minsk, Belarus

 

Belarusian Ilya Ivashka is a powerful ball-striker with lofty ambitions to match his 6’5” frame.  The 23-year-old Minsk native’s first taste of success on the international stage came in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, with his first seven Tour-level victories coming for Belarus in the team competition over the last two years. Ivashka reached his first Challenger Tour final in Italy in July 2016 and broke into the Top 200 in August of that year, before qualifying for a Grand Slam for the first time at the US Open.

 

Christian Garin (CHI)

Date of Birth: 30 May 1996

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile


After a hugely promising junior career, 20-year-old Christian Garin has since established himself as a stalwart of the Chilean Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team while developing his game on the ATP Challenger circuit. Back in 2013 Garin won the junior Roland Garros title on his favoured clay, defeating Alexander Zverev in the final to become the first Chilean winner of the boys’ crown since Fernando Gonzalez in 1998. This year, he climbed to a career-high No. 187 in the men’s rankings and improved his win-loss record for Chile in Davis Cup to 10-9.

 

Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Date of Birth: 24 February 1997

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa


Rangy 20-year-old South African Lloyd Harris has a bright future, with plenty of international experience already under his belt. Three years ago, 6’5” Harris became the first player from his country to compete in the tennis event at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, and has since become an integral part of the South African Davis Cup by BNP Paribas team – compiling a 6-2 win-loss record since making his debut in 2016. Harris has gone from strength to strength outside of competing in country colours, winning 10 ITF Pro Circuit singles titles – including six in 2016 – and four in doubles.

 

Jurabek Karimov (UZB)

Date of Birth: 4 June 1998

Place of Birth: Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Eighteen-year-old Jurabek Karimov is beginning his ascent in the men’s game after a promising junior career that saw him reach a Grand Slam final and climb to No. 6 in the rankings. The Tashkent native, who stands at 6’4”, finished runner-up at the junior Australian Open in 2016 and proceeded to reach the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at Wimbledon six months later. He was thrown into the deep end for Uzbekistan in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in September 2016, falling in four sets in the nation’s decisive fifth rubber defeat to Switzerland in the World Group play-offs.

 

Jose Statham (NZL)

Date of Birth: 25 April 1987

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand


A loyal servant for his country, Jose Statham has compiled a 25-17 win-loss record for New Zealand in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas in the 28 ties he has played since 2005. The 30-year-old Auckland native reached a career-high ranking of No. 279 in 2013. His career-best result is reaching the second round, as a wild card, at the Auckland ATP event in 2010.

 

Women

 

Rebecca Peterson (SWE)

Date of Birth: 6 August 1995

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden


Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson has won nine ITF Pro Circuit singles titles and seven in doubles by the age of 21, including picking up the biggest title of her career last April when she defeated Taylor Townsend to win the $50,000 women’s circuit title in Dothan. Shortly afterwards, she climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 119. Stockholm-born Peterson is also the proud holder of a WTA doubles title, winning the Rio Open alongside Ysaline Bonaventure in 2015.
Sabina Sharipova (UZB)

Date of Birth: 4 September 1994

Place of Birth: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
A promising junior, Uzbekistan’s Sabina Sharipova has continued her steady rise in the women’s game, improving her year-end ranking each season for the past four years and climbing to a career-high No. 137 in February this year. The 22-year-old Tashkent native, a quarterfinalist in the girls’ singles at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2012, has made a smooth transition to the senior game, upping her ITF women’s circuit title tally to nine singles and three doubles triumphs.

 

Viktoriya Tomova (BUL)

Date of Birth: 25 February 1995

Place of Birth: Sofia, Bulgaria

 

Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova has been a picture of steady consistency on the ITF Women’s Circuit, winning at least one title every year since 2011 and stacking up 13 title wins in singles and 12 in doubles in all. The 22-year-old won four trophies in a prolific 2016 season, including her biggest to date at the $50,000 event in Szeged, to spark a huge leap in the rankings from No. 474 to No. 152 by the season’s end.

 

Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)

Date of birth: 30 May 1996

Place of birth: Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia has entered a purple patch in her fledgling career. The 20-year-old won her first two $50,000-level events on the ITF Women’s Circuit at the end of 2016, and continued that winning feeling by securing her seventh Pro Circuit title in Clare, Australia in March. She has used this as a platform to build on and in May 2017 reached her first WTA Tour quarterfinal in Prague before winning her first $100,000 title in Cagnes-sur-Mer. She also entered the world’s Top 100 for the first time.

 

Ons Jabeur (TUN)

Date of Birth: 28 August 1994

Place of Birth: Ksar Hellal, Tunisia


Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur burst to prominence as a junior at Roland Garros, where she became the first North African woman to win a Grand Slam tournament in any category by defeating Monica Puig in the 2011 girls’ final a year after finishing runner-up to Elina Svitolina at the same event.  Now aged 22, Jabeur hasn’t enjoyed the meteoric rise of her opponents in each of those finals, but has made steady progress – winning 10 ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles and climbing to a career high singles ranking of No. 108 earlier this month. Jabeur is a seasoned competitor for her country, compiling a 23-7 win-loss record in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas and representing Tunisia at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

 

Renata Zarazua (MEX)

Date of Birth: 30 September 1997

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico


After achieving early success on the ITF doubles circuit, nineteen-year-old Renata Zarazua has begun increasing her stock on the singles tour. The Mexico City native has already picked up nine doubles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit, but added her first two singles crowns in 2016 in Leon and La Bisbal on her way to climbing to a career-high ranking of No. 286 this February. She’s already a regular for her country, racking up a 5-8 win-loss record in the 10 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas ties she has played since 2015.

 

Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG)

Date of Birth: 13 July 1992

Place of Birth: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
A rare tennis talent to come out of Papua New Guinea, Abigail Tere-Apisah is a former college tennis player having competed for Georgia State University from 2010-2014. She graduated with a BS in Health and Physical Education and is a two-time All-American tennis player. After ending 2015 at No. 931 in the WTA rankings, Tere-Apisah now sits inside the Top 400. Her career highlight to date is winning her first doubles title alongside Naiktha Bains at the $25,000 ITF Women’s Circuit event in Brisbane.

 

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Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to Introduce Enhanced Measures

Tennis Anti-Doping Programme to Introduce Enhanced Measures

Fromt the ITF: (April 28, 2017) The governing bodies of tennis have approved enhanced measures for the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) for 2017, including an increase in the volume of testing and a strengthening of the sample storage policy. These enhancements to the Programme, which is a joint initiative between the ATP, Grand Slam Board, ITF and WTA, come into effect on 1 May.

 

The changes will see a significant increase in the volume of testing up to an annual total of 8,000 samples (from 4,899 in 2016). This will include the collection of more urine and blood samples both in-competition and out-of-competition across more events, thus providing greater coverage of professional tennis.

 

The number of players included in the International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP) will increase to approximately 250, with all players subject to testing under the Athlete Biological Passport programme.

 

More samples (up to 50 per cent for top-ranked players) will be placed into long-term storage, allowing reanalysis of those samples, such as when new or more sensitive detection methods become available.

 

To fund these changes, the annual budget for the Programme will be increased by over 50 per cent to approximately $4.5 million in 2017 (excluding administration costs).

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “On behalf of the partners in the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, we welcome this strengthening of the sport’s anti-doping efforts. Protecting the integrity of tennis is an ongoing priority of the governing bodies of tennis to ensure that tennis is and remains a clean sport, and these enhancements will make a positive contribution to achieving that priority”.

 

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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Sock Versus Thompson to Lead Off U.S. – Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie

Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock

(April 6, 2017) As the United States top player, Jack Sock will lead off against Australia’s Jordan Thompson in Davis Cup World group play in Brisbane in Pat Rafter Arena on Friday, followed by Nick Kyrgios against John Isner.

This is the second year in a row that the two teams with the most Davis Cup titles are meeting in the World Group. Last year, the U.S. beat Australia in the first round. The last time they met in the final eight, Australian won 4-1 with Lleyton Hewitt, the current Australian Captain, making his Davis Cup debut and U.S. Captain Jim Courier was on the U.S. team.

“Jack’s going to be ready to go first-ball, he’ll be ready to get playing, and John will be there to back him up. It’s the same as every other draw,” said U.S. Captain Jim Courier. “We know what’s going to happen. We’re going to play.”

Jack Sock

Sock on playing Thompson: I’ve seen him play a decent amount. I know he had a great Aussie summer down here in January, had some great wins, played some great tennis. But I mean Davis Cup, you know, anything can happen. He’s going to come out playing in front of his home fans, home crowd. Like the captain said, fighting for every point, running down every ball, so I’m going to have to play very well to win, but yeah, I’m just going to go out and look to kind of play my style and hopefully get us off to a good start.

Nick Kyrgios

Fresh off reaching the semifinals of the Miami Open, No. 16 Kyrgios said: “I’m looking forward to getting back here and having some home support.” “I think anything is possible this year.”

“It’s obviously going to be pretty tough (playing Isner). We all know he’s got one of the greatest serves. I played him last year, and you know, I feel confident with that match up. But yeah, I feel comfortable playing second. I’ll be out there for some of Tommo’s match. I think it’s a good match up with him against Sock. I think he can do really good.”

 

“I’ve played him three times,” Isner said. “In my opinion in think he’s a lot more mature now. I think right now a lot of people could argue that he’s maybe playing the best tennis he’s ever played. Everyone knows what he can bring to the table, what his strengths are: his serve, his forehand, his backhand, his shot-making. He’s an incredible player, but I’ve played him three times, so I’m a little bit used to the matchup. I just know tomorrow’s going to be a very fun match, and I’m going to go out there and try to play my best.”

 

The U.S. holds a 26-20 record against the Aussies.

Lineup for the weekend:

 

Friday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles A:  Jack Sock (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Singles B:  John Isner (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

 

Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (11 p.m. ET)

Doubles:    Sam Querrey / Steve Johnson (USA) v. John Peers / Sam Groth (AUS)

 

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

Singles C:   Jack Sock (USA) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Singles D:   John Isner (USA) vs. Jordan Thompson (AUS)

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Tennis Channel to Air U.S. Versus Australia Davis Cup Quarterfinal Tie This Weekend

(April 5, 2017) -Tennis Channel will provide exclusive live coverage of the U.S. Davis Cup team’s quarterfinal competition against Australia in Brisbane, Australia, this weekend, with the first match underway Thursday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET. The United States and Australia are the most successful nations in Davis Cup history, with a rivalry that dates back to 1905. Australia is second only to the United States on the all-time list of tournament champions, with 28 to the Americans’ 32. The United States is bidding to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2012. Hall of Fame Captain (and Tennis Channel analyst) Jim Courier will lead the same four top-ranked American men’s singles players – Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson – who defeated Switzerland 5-0 in the first round.

 

The meeting will consist of two singles matches on Thursday, followed by the doubles match Friday, April 7, at 11 p.m. ET. Tennis Channel’s coverage concludes with the remaining singles play Saturday, April 8, at 10 p.m. ET. Each match is worth one point, with three victories enough to secure a trip to the September semifinals to play the winner of the Belgium and Italy quarterfinal.

 

In addition to covering the United States-Australia matchup this weekend, Tennis Channel’s digital subscription service, Tennis Channel Plus, will show the three other Davis Cup quarterfinals. Beginning Friday, April 7, viewers can watch 2015 Davis Cup champion Britain play France in Rouen, France; 2015 Davis Cup finalist Belgium host Italy in Charleroi, Belgium; and Serbia take on Spain in Belgrade, Serbia. Following live coverage, all three will be available on-demand on the digital subscription service (www.tennischanneleverywhere.com), which is available to everyone in the United States regardless of whether they subscribe to Tennis Channel.  Other stars set to play Davis Cup this weekend include Serbia’s World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Britain’s Jamie Murray.

 

Tennis Channel’s Los Angeles studio will be the central media hub for Davis Cup competition throughout the weekend, anchored by former U.S. Davis Cup player Leif Shiras (@LShirock).

 

Tennis Channel’s live Davis Cup coverage is as follows (all times ET):

Thursday, April 6:

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia

 

Friday, April 7:

7 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

11 p.m. – DoublesUSA v. Australia

 

Saturday, April 8:

7 a.m. – Doubles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

9a.m. – Doubles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

Doubles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

10 p.m. – Singles USA v. Australia

 

Sunday, April 9:

6:30 a.m. – Singles France v. Britain (Tennis Channel Plus)

7 a.m. – Singles Serbia v. Spain (Tennis Channel Plus)

8:30 a.m. – Singles Belgium v. Italy (Tennis Channel Plus)

 

The United States and Australia have faced each other more times than any other countries in Davis Cup history, with a 26-20 U.S. advantage. The rivalry dates back to 1905, when the United States defeated Australasia, a combined team from New Zealand and Australia, 5-0 in London. Their most recent meeting came during last year’s Davis Cup first round, when the Americans beat the Australians3-1 in Melbourne, Australia. The American squad is bidding to win its first Davis Cup crown since 2007 and leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles.

 

Leading the U.S. team is Courier who,as a player, was on the 1999 team that lost to Australia in Chestnut Hill, Mass. That Australian team featured now retired star and current Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt. Sock, the top-ranked American player, leads the U.S. Davis Cup team into this weekend after an impressive semifinal appearance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., last month before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer. Isner holds 10 career singles titles and four doubles titles, including two with Querrey (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Sock (Shanghai in 2016). Querrey won his ninth title at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico, last month after defeating former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final to become the first American champion in the event’s history. Last year, Johnson captured his first ATP singles title at the Nottingham Open in England, and started the year by reaching the semifinals at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zeeland.

 

Australia enters this weekend’s match after defeating the Czech Republic 4-1 in the first round. The Australians hold 28 titles and are second on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, behind only the United States. Hewitt will lead Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers into battle this weekend.

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ITF Announces Major Restructuring of Entry Level of Professional Tennis

 

 

ITF announces major restructuring of entry level of professional tennis

 

From the International Tennis Federation: The ITF Board of Directors has approved a major restructuring of professional tennis at its entry level. The reform programme of changes will include a radical reduction in the number of truly professional players and the creation of a new global ITF Transition Tour in 2019 that will provide opportunities for the next generation of talented players to enter the professional pathway.

 

The reform programme is in response to a three-year ITF Player Pathway review of professional and junior tennis that included an analysis of player and event data from 2001-13, and a survey of more than 50,000 stakeholders. The review established that there are too many players trying to compete on the professional circuit; too few players are breaking even; and the age of these players is increasing.  There are currently around 14,000 players competing in professional tennis events, almost half of whom do not earn any prize money.

 

The review also identified that it is taking longer for players to reach the top levels of the sport, and that many talented junior players experience considerable difficulty in transitioning to professional tennis.

 

In order to address these issues, the Board has approved the implementation in 2019 of a new ITF Transition Tour, featuring a new category of interim tournament at entry-level that will better aid the transition from junior to professional tennis and ensure a continued opportunity for players from any nation to join the player pathway. These tournaments will be held within a localised circuit structure that reduces costs and increases opportunity for players, and reduces staging costs for organisers.

 

Transition Tour tournaments will be created through the repositioning of the existing $15,000 (Level I) tournaments on the ITF Pro Circuit that will no longer be held as part of the Pro Circuit in 2019. Transition Tour tournaments will offer ITF Entry Points instead of ATP/WTA ranking points, with the two systems linked to ensure that the more successful players are able to use their ITF Entry Points to gain acceptance into ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.

 

The ITF’s proposed restructuring will radically reduce the number of professional players competing for ATP and WTA ranking points. The ITF’s extensive modelling work has led to a recommended professional player group of no more than 750 men and 750 women players. This new approach will introduce a clearer and more effective professional pathway and ensure that prize money levels at ITF Pro Circuit events are better targeted to ensure that more players can make a living from the professional game.

 

Players on the ITF Pro Circuit have already benefited from an extensive programme of prize money increases in 2016 and 2017 following the first part of the Player Pathway review, with total prize money increasing by around $1.5 million.

 

The ITF’s proposed Transition Tour will complement this new professional group, ensuring that all other players, especially the next generation of emerging talent, continue to access local playing opportunities that can lead to entry into the professional game.

 

The ITF will now work closely with its member nations, ATP and WTA on the implementation of the Transition Tour, including confirmation of the technical requirements, tournament schedule and new ranking point structure.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF’s Player Pathway study is the most comprehensive review of professional tennis ever undertaken and has highlighted the considerable challenges at the base of our game. Over 14,000 players competed at professional level last year which is simply too many. Radical changes are needed to address the issues of transition between the junior and professional game, playing affordability, and tournament cost.

 

“We have already taken an important step forward by increasing prize money levels at ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. The next step is to ensure the structure of professional tennis is fit for purpose through a targeted job opportunities approach that will create a smaller group of true professional players. At the same time it is imperative that we do not reduce the chance for players of any nation or background to start their journey towards the top 100. We believe that the introduction of a new entry level to the professional pathway will allow players to take the first steps towards becoming a future champion within a more targeted and affordable circuit structure. These changes will also ensure that players and their support team members can understand and measure their progress.”

 

The ITF Player Pathway review was undertaken to fully understand the tournament structure below Tour level. The review looked at improving the entry for players into professional tennis; increasing prize money and the ability for more players to make a living; raising event standards with a focus on integrity protection; and ensuring developing nations have the opportunity to produce world class players.

 

The Pro Circuit phase of the review can be found here

 

The Junior Circuit phase of the review can be found here

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Nominations Announced for Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals and Zone Group Ties

(March 28, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals and Zone Group ties taking place on 7-9 April. A total of 27 ties and two zone group events will be held next week.

 

The draws for all ties will be held on Thursday 6 April.

 

The eight winners of the Zone Group I second round ties will qualify for the 2017 World Group play-offs, alongside the eight World Group first round losers. The Draw for the World Group play-offs will be held at the ITF offices on Tuesday 11 April at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT).

 

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

BELGIUM v ITALY

Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (hard – indoor)

 

Belgium

David Goffin

Steve Darcis

Ruben Bemelmans

Joris de Loore

Captain: Johan van Herck

 

Italy

Paolo Lorenzi

Fabio Fognini

Andreas Seppi

Simone Bolelli

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

AUSTRALIA v USA

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Australia

Nick Kyrgios

Jordan Thompson

Sam Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

 

USA

Jack Sock

John Isner

Sam Querrey

Steve Johnson

Captain: Jim Courier

 

FRANCE v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

France

Lucas Pouille

Gilles Simon

Nicolas Mahut

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

Great Britain

Daniel Evans

Kyle Edmund

Jamie Murray

Dominic Inglot

Captain: Leon Smith

 

SERBIA v SPAIN

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

 

Serbia

Novak Djokovic

Viktor Troicki

Dusan Lajovic

Playing Captain: Nenad Zimonjic

 

Spain

Pablo Carreno Busta

Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Marcel Granollers

Marc Lopez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v NETHERLANDS
Venue: Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (hard – indoor)

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina

Damir Dzumhur

Mirza Basic

Nerman Fatic

Playing Captain: Tomislav Brkic

 

Netherlands

Robin Haase

Tallon Griekspoor

Thiemo de Bakker

Jean-Julien Rojer

Captain: Paul Haarhuis

 

BELARUS v AUSTRIA

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

 

Belarus

Ilya Ivashka

Egor Gerasimov

Yaraslav Shyla

Max Mirnyi

Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

Austria

Gerald Melzer

Jurgen Melzer

Alexander Peya

Julian Knowle

Captain: Stefan Koubek

 

PORTUGAL v UKRAINE

Venue: Club Internacional de Foot-Ball, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

 

Portugal

Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Pedro Sousa

Joao Domingues

Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Ukraine

Artem Smirnov

Denys Molchanov

Nikita Mashtakov

Illia Biloborodko

Captain: Andrei Medvedev

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

KAZAKHSTAN v CHINA, P.R.

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)

 

Kazakhstan

Mikhail Kukushkin
Aleksandr Nedovyesov
Dmitriy Popko
Andrey Golubev

Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

China, P.R.

Wu Di

Zhang Ze

Bai Yan

Gong Mao-Xin

Captain: Jiang Wei

 

INDIA v UZBEKISTAN

Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

India

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Yuki Bhambri

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Sriram Balaji

Captain: Mahesh Bhupathi

 

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin

Sanjar Fayziev

Temur Ismailov

Farrukh Dustov

Captain: Petr Lebed

 

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

 

NEW ZEALAND v KOREA, REPUBLIC

Venue: ASB Tennis Arena, Auckland, NZL (hard – outdoor)

 

New Zealand

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Marcus Daniell

Artem Sitak

Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

Korea, Republic

Kwon Soon Woo

Hong Seong Chan

Chung Hong

Lee Jea Moon

Captain: Kim Jae-Sik

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

ECUADOR v BRAZIL

Venue: Club Tungurahua, Ambato, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Ecuador

Emilio Gomez

Roberto Quiroz

Ivan Endara

Gonzalo Escobar

Captain: Raul Viver

 

Brazil

Thomaz Bellucci

Thiago Monteiro

Bruno Soares

Marcelo Melo

Captain: Joao Zwetsch

 

COLOMBIA v CHILE

Venue: Country Club Ejecutivos, Medellin, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Colombia

Santiago Giraldo

Eduardo Struvay

Juan-Sebastian Cabal

Robert Farah

Captain: Pablo Gonzalez

 

Chile

Christian Garin

Nicolas Jarry

Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

TURKEY v SWEDEN

Venue: Ali Bey Hotels & Resorts, Antalya, TUR (clay – outdoor)

 

Turkey

Marsel Ilhan

Cem Ilkel

Altug Celikbilek

Anil Yuksel

Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

 

Sweden

Elias Ymer

Christian Lindell

Andreas Siljestrom

Johan Brunstrom

Captain: Johan Hedsberg

 

GEORGIA v LITHUANIA

Venue: Mziuri Tennis Club, Tbilisi, GEO (hard – outdoor)

 

Georgia

Nikoloz Basilashvili

George Tsivadze

Zura Tkemaladze

Vazha Shubladze

Captain: David Kvernadze

 

Lithuania

Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Tomas Vaise

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

NORWAY v DENMARK

Venue: Stavanger Forum Expo, Stavanger, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Norway

Casper Ruud

Viktor Durasovic

Simen Sunde Bratholm

Joachim Bjerke

Captain: Anders Haseth

 

Denmark

Frederik Nielsen

August Holmgren

Thomas Kromann

Soren Hess-Olesen

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

SOUTH AFRICA v SLOVENIA

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

 

South Africa

Lloyd Harris

Nicolaas Scholtz

Ruan Roelofse

Raven Klaasen

Captain: Marcos Ondruska

 

Slovenia

Grega Zemlja

Tomislav Ternar

Mike Urbanija

Tilen Zitnik

Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

CYPRUS v TUNISIA

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Nicosia, CYP (hard – outdoor)

 

Cyprus

Marcos Baghdatis

Petros Chrysochos

Menelaos Efstathiou

Eleftherios Neos

Captain: Demetris Herodotou

 

Tunisia

Malek Jaziri

Moez Echargui

Aziz Dougaz

Skander Mansouri

Captain: Adel Brahim

 

FINLAND v MADAGASCAR

Venue: Hangon Urheilutalo, Hanko, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Finland

Patrik Niklas-Salminen

Eero Vasa

Harri Heliovaara

Henri Kontinen

Captain: Kim Tiilikainen

 

Madagascar

Lofo Ramiaramanana

Antso Rakotondramanga

Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy

Lucas Andriamasilalao

Captain: Thierry Rajaobelina

 

MOROCCO v LATVIA

Venue: Royal Tennis Club de Marrakech, Marrakech, MAR  (clay – outdoor)

 

Morocco

Reda El Amrani

Amine Ahouda

Yassine Idmbarek

Mehdi Jdi

Captain: Mehdi Tahiri

 

Latvia

Mikelis Libietis

Martins Podzus

Rudolfs Mednis

Arturs Lazdins

Captain: Karlis Lejnieks

 

ESTONIA v MONACO

Venue: Tere Tennisekeskus, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)

 

Estonia

Jurgen Zopp

Vladimir Ivanov

Kenneth Raisma

Mattias Siimar

Captain: Ekke Tiidemann

 

Monaco

Benjamin Balleret

Lucas Catarina

Romain Arneodo

Thomas Oger

Captain: Guillaume Couillard

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

THAILAND v PHILIPPINES

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

 

Thailand

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul

Jirat Navasirisomboon

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Captain: Vittaya Samrej

 

Philippines

Francis Casey Alcantara

Ruben Gonzales

Jeson Patrombon

Alberto Lim

Captain: Karl Santamaria

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

IRAN v VIETNAM

Venue: Isfahan Center Tennis Complex, Isfahan, IRI  (clay – outdoor)

 

Iran

Amirvala Madanchi

Shahin Khaledan

Ashkan Shokoofi

Hamid Reza Nadaf

Captain: Saeid Ahmadvand

 

Vietnam

Nam Hoang Ly

Thien Nguyen Hoang

Minh Tuan Pham

Quoc-Khanh Le

Captain: Quoc-Bao Troung

 

INDONESIA v KUWAIT

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

 

Indonesia

Christopher Rungkat

David Agung Susanto

Anthony Susanto

Aditya Hari Sasongko

Captain: Andrian Raturandang

 

Kuwait

Abdullah Maqdes

Abdulhamid Mubarak

Abdulrahman Alawadhi

Mohammad Ghareeb

Captain: Adel Al Shatti

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS v GUATEMALA

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

 

Barbados

Darian King

Haydn Lewis

Adam Hornby

Seanon Williams

Captain: Damien Applewhaite

 

Guatemala

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa

Wilfredo Gonzalez

Rudy Richter

Luciano Ramazzini

Captain: Anthony Benjamin Vasquez Rodas

 

VENEZUELA v EL SALVADOR

Venue: Doral Park Country Club, Miami, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela

Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Jordi Munoz-Abreu

Jesus Bandres

Captain: Yohny Romero

 

El Salvador

TBC

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS

 

MEXICO v PARAGUAY

Venue: Polideportivo Metropolitano de Tenis, Zapopan, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Paraguay

Ayed Zatar

Juan Borba

Hernando Jose Escurra Isnardi

Captain: Diego Galeano

 

Mexico

TBC

 

BOLIVIA v BAHAMAS

Venue: Club de Tenis Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Bolivia
Federico Zeballos
Hugo Dellien
Boris Arias
Juan Carlos Aguilar

Captain: Mauricio Solis

 

Bahamas
Spencer Newman
Phillip Major
Justin Lunn
Playing Captain: Marvin Rolle

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U. S. Names Sock, Isner, Querrey and Johnson To Davis Cup Team to Face Australia

TOP 30 AMERICANS JACK SOCK, JOHN ISNER,

SAM QUERREY, AND STEVE JOHNSON TO FACE AUSTRALIA

IN DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINAL

 

Matches to be held at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, April 7-9

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 28, 2017 – The USTA and United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier today announced that world No. 17 Jack Sock, No. 23 John Isner, No. 27 Sam Querrey and No. 28 Steve Johnson will represent the U.S. in the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Quarterfinal against Australia. The best-of-five match series will be played on an outdoor hard court at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, April 7-9.

 

Australian Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt nominated No. 16 Nick Kyrgios, No. 79 Jordan Thompson, No. 188 Sam Groth and John Peers, who is ranked No. 3 in doubles, to his team.

 

This marks the second consecutive year the U.S. has played at Australia in Davis Cup. Nations normally alternate which country hosts the other with each tie. However, the Americans and Australians played consecutive ties in the U.S. in 1997 and 1999, when the ITF staged the latter tie at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hills, Mass., the site of the first-ever Davis Cup tie, as a 100th anniversary celebration of the competition. As a result, the two countries agreed their next two ties would be in Australia.

 

The U.S. has faced Australia in Davis Cup play more times than any country, holding a 26-20 all-time record in a rivalry that dates back to 1905. The U.S. won the last meeting, 3-1, in Kooyong, Australia, in the 2016 World Group First Round, led by Sock, Isner, and Bob and Mike Bryan. Earlier this year, the U.S. swept Switzerland, 5-0, in the World Group First Round in Birmingham, Ala., while Australia beat the Czech Republic, 4-1, in Kooyong. 

 

Play begins at 12 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET the day prior) on Friday, April 7, and Sunday, April 9. Play begins on Saturday at 1 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET on Friday).

 

Friday will include two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match. And the final day of play on Sunday features the two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off, followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

The winner of this tie advances to the World Group Semifinals, Sept. 15-17, for a chance to vie for the 2017 Davis Cup title. The semifinal opponent will be either Belgium or Italy.

 

Sock, 24, is ranked a career-high No. 17 in the world after winning his second and third career ATP titles this year in Auckland and Delray Beach, Fla., respectively, then reaching the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open ATP Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, Calif. Sock has played Davis Cup since the 2015 and holds a 4-2 record in singles, including a win over Marin Cilic in last summer’s quarterfinal vs. Croatia, and a 1-0 record in doubles. Sock won his first ATP singles title in 2015 in Houston, and he has also reached four additional ATP finals (Stockholm, Houston and Auckland in 2016; Stockholm in 2015). Sock has also thrived in doubles, winning the 2014 Wimbledon doubles title with Vasek Pospisil and capturing the gold medal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. In 2011, he won the US Open mixed doubles title with fellow American Melanie Oudin. Sock peaked at a career-high No. 6 in the individual doubles rankings in May 2015.

 

Isner, 31, is ranked No. 23 in the current world rankings and will be competing in his 14th Davis Cup tie; he is 12-10 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. Isner’s biggest Davis Cup victory came in 2012, when he defeated Roger Federer in the U.S. Davis Cup team’s first-round win at Switzerland. The tallest player in U.S. Davis Cup history at 6-foot-10, Isner made his Davis Cup debut in the 2010 World Group First Round in Serbia, where he became the first U.S. player since 2003 to compete in three live rubbers in the same tie. He also represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Federer. He holds 10 career tour singles titles, the last of which came in Atlanta in 2015. In 2016, Isner reached the final in Atlanta and at the Masters 1000 event in Paris and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and French Open. Isner turned pro after an outstanding four-year career at the University of Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA team title as a senior.

 

Querrey, 29, is ranked No. 27 after winning his ninth career ATP title in Acapulco a month ago, a tournament in which he defeated four straight Top 20 players: No. 11 David Goffin, No. 9 Dominic Thiem, No. 17 Kyrgios and No. 6 Rafael Nadal. Querrey is competing in his second straight tie and his 11th overall after winning a dead singles match in February’s World Group First Round vs. Switzerland. He made his Davis Cup debut in 2008, where he faced Nadal in his first-ever match. Querrey holds a 7-8 record in Davis Cup singles play and is 1-0 in doubles. He also competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2016, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, upsetting Novak Djokovic in the third round and becoming the first American to beat the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam since 2002. In addition to his singles success, Querrey holds five ATP doubles titles, including two with Isner (Memphis in 2010 and Rome in 2011) and one with Johnson (Geneva in 2016). Querrey peaked at No. 17 in the world in January 2011.

 

Johnson, 27, is ranked No. 28 in the world. He is playing in his second consecutive Davis Cup tie and third overall, after clinching victory with Sock in doubles in February’s World Group First Round vs. Switzerland (he then won a dead singles rubber). Since then, Johnson has reached three straight ATP quarterfinals, most recently falling to Federer in two tiebreaks in the third round at Indian Wells. Johnson started 2017 strong by reaching the semifinals in Auckland, losing to Sock. In 2016, he won his first career ATP singles title in Birmingham, Great Britain. Also in 2016, he advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time, the semifinals of the Citi Open in Washington D.C., and captured the bronze medal in men’s doubles at the Rio Olympics with Sock. Johnson, who peaked at No. 21 in the world in July 2016, turned pro in 2012 after an outstanding college tennis career at USC; he won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA singles championships and led the Trojans to team titles all four years he played for the school. Following the end of his collegiate career, he reached the third round of the 2012 US Open, becoming the first reigning NCAA champion to advance to the third round of the men’s singles since 1995.

 

Additionally, Courier announced that Connor Smith will be the practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team. Smith was also a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in Australia in 2016. Smith, 26, graduated from Ohio State in 2013 after transferring from Florida State following his sophomore season. He went 36-7 in singles and 33-7 in doubles during his senior year. Smith holds six USTA Pro Circuit/ITF Circuit singles titles and 14 doubles titles, including two doubles titles this year held at the new USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. In 2016, he competed in Australian Open qualifying for the first time. Smith is ranked No. 329 in the world.

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Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

Nominations Announced for Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

ITF: (February 1, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 11-12 February.

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 6-11 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Tallinn, Estonia; Americas Zone Group I in Metepec, Mexico; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Astana, Kazakhstan.

 

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

 

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v SPAIN

Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

Czech Republic

Karolina Pliskova

Barbora Strycova

Katerina Siniakova

Lucie Safarova

Captain: Petr Pala

Spain

Garbine Muguruza

Lara Arruabarrena

Sara Sorribes Tormo

Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

USA v GERMANY

Venue: Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

USA

CoCo Vandeweghe

Alison Riske

Shelby Rogers

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Captain: Kathy Rinaldi

 

Germany

Laura Siegemund

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Carina Witthoeft

Captain: Barbara Rittner

 

BELARUS v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Chizhovka-Arena, Minsk, BLR (hard – indoor)

 

Belarus

Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Aryna Sabalenka

Olga Govortsova

Vera Lapko

Captain: Eduard Dubrou

 

Netherlands

Kiki Bertens

Cindy Burger

Arantxa Rus

Michaella Krajicek

Captain: Paul Haarhuis

 

SWITZERLAND v FRANCE

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Switzerland

Timea Bacsinszky

Viktorija Golubic

Belinda Bencic

Martina Hingis

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

 

France

Alize Cornet

Kristina Mladenovic

Pauline Parmentier

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

RUSSIA v CHINESE TAIPEI

Venue: Druzhba Sport Complex, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Russia

Ekaterina Makarova

Natalia Vikhlyantseva

Anna Blinkova

Anna Kalinskaya

Captain: Anastasia Myskina

 

Chinese Taipei

Chang Kai-Chen

Lee Ya-Hsuan

Hsu Ching-Wen

Chan Chin-Wei

Captain: Wang Shi-Ting

 

ROMANIA v BELGIUM

Venue: Sala Polivalenta, Bucharest, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Romania

Simona Halep

Irina-Camelia Begu

Monica Niculescu

Sorana Cirstea

Captain: Ilie Nastase

 

Belgium

Yanina Wickmayer

Kirsten Flipkens

Elise Mertens

Maryna Zanevska

Captain: Dominique Monami

 

UKRAINE v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Palace of Sports ‘Lokomotiv’, Kharkiv, UKR (hard – indoor)

Ukraine

Elina Svitolina

Lesia Tsurenko

Olga Savchuk

Nadiia Kichenok

Captain: Mikhail Filima

 

Australia

Daria Gavrilova

Ashleigh Barty

Arina Rodionova

Casey Dellacqua

Captain: Alicia Molik

 

ITALY v SLOVAKIA

Venue: PalaGalassi, Forlì, ITA (clay – indoor)

 

Italy

Sara Errani

Francesca Schiavone

Jasmine Paolini

Martina Trevisan

Captain: Tathiana Garbin

 

Slovakia

Jana Cepelova

Rebecca Sramkova

Daniela Hantuchova

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Captain: Matej Liptak

 

 

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

Nominations announced for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round and Zone Group ties

 

(January 24, 2017) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round and Zone Group ties taking place on 3-5 February. A total of 32 ties will be held next week with the draws for all ties taking place on Thursday 2 February.

 

The Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round tie between Chinese Taipei and China, P.R will take place on 17-19 February and the draw for that tie will take place on Thursday 16 February.

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

ARGENTINA v ITALY

Venue: Parque Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

 

Argentina

Diego Schwartzman

Horacio Zeballos

Guido Pella

Leonardo Mayer

Captain: Daniel Orsanic

 

Italy

Paolo Lorenzi

Fabio Fognini

Andreas Seppi

Simone Bolelli

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

 

GERMANY v BELGIUM

Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Germany

Alexander Zverev

Philipp Kohlschreiber

Mischa Zverev

Jan-Lennard Struff

Captain: Michael Kohlmann

 

Belgium

David Goffin

Steve Darcis

Ruben Bemelmans

Joris de Loore

Captain: Johan van Herck

 

AUSTRALIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

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

 

Australia

Nick Kyrgios

Jordan Thompson

Sam Groth

John Peers

Captain: Lleyton Hewitt

 

Czech Republic

Jiri Vesely

Radek Stepanek

Jan Satral

Zdenek Kolar

Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

 

USA v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Legacy Arena / BJCC, Birmingham, USA (hard – indoor)

 

USA

John Isner

Jack Sock

Steve Johnson

Sam Querrey

Captain: Jim Courier

 

Switzerland

Marco Chiudinelli

Henri Laaksonen

Adrien Bossel

Antoine Bellier

Captain: Severin Luthi

 

JAPAN v FRANCE

Venue: Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

 

Japan

Yoshihito Nishioka

Yuichi Sugita

Taro Daniel

Yasutaka Uchiyama

Captain: Minoru Ueda

 

France

Richard Gasquet

Gilles Simon

Nicolas Mahut

Pierre-Hugues Herbert

Captain: Yannick Noah

 

CANADA v GREAT BRITAIN

Venue: The Arena at TD Place, Ottawa, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Canada

Milos Raonic

Vasek Pospisil

Denis Shapovalov

Daniel Nestor

Captain: Martin Laurendeau

 

Great Britain

Kyle Edmund

Daniel Evans

Jamie Murray

Dominic Inglot

Captain: Leon Smith

 

SERBIA v RUSSIA

Venue: Sportski Centar Cair, Nis, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Serbia

Novak Djokovic

Viktor Troicki

Dusan Lajovic

Playing captain: Nenad Zimonjic

 

Russia

Andrey Kuznetsov

Karen Khachanov

Daniil Medvedev

Konstantin Kravchuk

Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

 

CROATIA v SPAIN

Venue: Sportska Dvorana Gradski Vrt, Osijek, CRO (hard – indoor)

 

Croatia

Franko Skugor

Nikola Mektic

Ante Pavic

Marin Draganja

Captain: Zeljko Krajan

 

Spain

Rafael Nadal

Roberto Bautista Agut

Pablo Carreno Busta

Marc Lopez

Captain: Conchita Martinez

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA v POLAND

Venue: Arena Zenica, Zenica, BIH (hard – indoor)

 

Bosnia/Herzegovina

Damir Dzumhur

Mirza Basic

Nerman Fatic

Playing captain: Tomislav Brkic

 

Poland

Kamil Majchrzak

Hubert Hurkacz

Lukasz Kubot

Marcin Matkowski

Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik

 

BELARUS v ROMANIA

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

 

Belarus

Ilya Ivashka

Egor Gerasimov

Yaraslav Shyla

Max Mirnyi

Captain: Vladimir Voltchkov

 

Romania

Marius Copil

Adrian Ungur

Nicolae Frunza

Horia Tecau

Captain: Andrei Pavel

 

PORTUGAL v ISRAEL

Venue: Club Internacional de Foot-Ball, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

 

Portugal

Joao Sousa

Gastao Elias

Pedro Sousa

Frederico Ferreira Silva

Captain: Nuno Marques

 

Israel

Dudi Sela

Amir Weintraub

Edan Leshem

Jonathan Erlich

Captain: Eyal Ran

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

SLOVAKIA v HUNGARY

Venue: Aegon Arena NTC, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Slovakia

Martin Klizan

Jozef Kovalik

Lukas Lacko

Andrej Martin

Captain: Miloslav Mecir

 

Hungary

Marton Fucsovics

Attila Balazs

Gabor Borsos

Levente Godry

Captain: Gabor Koves

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

CHINESE TAIPEI v CHINA, P.R.

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

 

Chinese Taipei

Jason Jung

Chen Ti

Lee Kuan-Yi

Yi Chu-Huan

Captain: Chiang Jinn-Yen

 

China, P.R.

TBC

 

KOREA, REP. v UZBEKISTAN

Venue: Gimcheon Sports Town Tennis Courts, Gimcheon, KOR (hard – indoor)

 

Korea, Rep.

Chung Hyeon

Duck Hee Lee

Kwon Soon Woo

Lim Yong-Kyu

Captain: Kim Jae-Sik

 

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin

Sanjar Fayziev

Farrukh Dustov

Jurabek Karimov

Captain: Petr Lebed

 

INDIA v NEW ZEALAND

Venue: MSLTA School of Tennis, Pune, IND (hard – outdoor)

 

India

Saketh Myneni

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Yuki Bhambri

Leander Paes

Captain: Anand Amritraj

 

New Zealand

Finn Tearney

Jose Statham

Michael Venus

Artem Sitak

Captain: Alistair Hunt

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

 

ECUADOR v PERU

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano (Guayaquil Tenis Club), Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Ecuador

Roberto Quiroz

Emilio Gomez

Ivan Endara

Gonzalo Escobar

Captain: Raul Viver

 

Peru

Juan Pablo Varillas

Mauricio Echazu

Jorge Brian Panta

Nicolas Alvarez

Captain: Pablo Arraya

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC v CHILE

Venue: Centro De Tenis Parque Del Este, Santo Domingo Este, DOM (hard – outdoor)

 

Dominican Republic

Jose Hernandez-Fernandez

Roberto Cid Subervi

Jose Olivares

Nick Hardt

Captain: Rafael Moreno

 

Chile

Christian Garin

Nicolas Jarry

Hans Podlipnik-Castillo

Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera

Captain: Nicolas Massu

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

TUNISIA v SWEDEN

Venue: Tennis courts of Cité Nationale Sportive El Menzah, Tunis, TUN (hard – outdoor)

 

Tunisia

Malek Jaziri

Anis Ghorbel

Mohamed Aziz Dougaz

Aziz Ouakaa

Captain: Adel Brahim

 

Sweden

Patrik Rosenholm

Isak Arvidsson

Andreas Siljestrom

Johan Brunstrom

Captain: Johan Hedsberg

 

CYPRUS v TURKEY

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Nicosia, CYP (hard – outdoor)

 

Cyprus

Petros Chrysochos

Menelaos Efstathiou

Eleftherios Neos

Nicholas Campbell

Captain: Demetris Herodotou

 

Turkey

Marsel Ilhan

Cem Ilkel

Anil Yuksel

Altug Celikbilek

Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

 

LITHUANIA v MADAGASCAR

Venue: Siauliai Tennis School, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

 

Lithuania

Laurynas Grigelis

Lukas Mugevicius

Tadas Babelis

Tomas Vaise

Captain: Rimvydas Mugevicius

 

Madagascar

Antso Rakotondramanga

Jean-Jacques Rakotohasy

Ando Rasolomalala

Lucas Andriamasilalao

Captain: Thierry Rajaobelina

 

GEORGIA v FINLAND

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

 

Georgia

Nikoloz Basilashvili

George Tsivadze

Zura Tkemaladze

Vazha Shubladze

Captain: David Kvernadze

 

Finland

Patrik Niklas-Salminen

Eero Vasa

Emil Ruusuvuori

Harri Heliovaara

Captain: Kim Tiilikainen

 

LATVIA v NORWAY

Venue: Zemgales Olimpiskais centrs, Jelgava, LAT (hard – indoor)

 

Latvia

Mikelis Libietis

Martins Podzus

Arturs Lazdins

Rudolfs Mednis

Captain: Karlis Lejnieks

 

Norway

Casper Ruud

Viktor Durasovic

Simen Sunde Bratholm

Joachim Bjerke

Captain: Anders Haseth

 

DENMARK v MOROCCO

Venue: Vejlby-Risskov Centret, Aarhus, DEN (carpet – indoor)

 

Denmark

Frederik Nielsen

August Holmgren

Thomas Kromann

Soren Hess-Olesen

Captain: Kenneth Carlsen

 

Morocco

Reda El Amrani

Amine Ahouda

Yassine Idmbarek

Mehdi Jdi

Captain: Mehdi Tahiri

 

SOUTH AFRICA v ESTONIA

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

 

South Africa

Lloyd Harris

Nicolaas Scholtz

Ruan Roelofse

Raven Klaasen

Captain: TBC

 

Estonia

Jurgen Zopp

Vladimir Ivanov

Kenneth Raisma

Mattias Siimar

Captain: Ekke Tiidemann

 

SLOVENIA v MONACO

Venue: Zeleznicarski Teniski Klub, Maribor, SLO (hard – indoor)

 

Slovenia

Grega Zemlja

Blaz Kavcic

Sven Lah

Tilen Zitnik

Captain: Blaz Trupej

 

Monaco

Benjamin Balleret

Lucas Catarina

Romain Arneodo

Thomas Oger

Captain: Guillaume Couillard

 

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

PAKISTAN v IRAN

Venue: Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, PAK (hard – outdoor)

 

Pakistan

Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar

Aisam Qureshi

Aqeel Khan

Muhammad Abid

Captain:  Rashid Malik

 

Iran

TBC

 

VIETNAM v HONG KONG, CHINA

Venue: Phu Tho Tennis Club, Ho Chi Minh, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Vietnam

Nam Hoang Ly

Thien Nguyen Hoang

Minh Tuan Pham

Dac Tien Nguyen

Captain: Quoc-Bao Truong

 

Hong Kong, China

Wong Hong Kit

Karan Rastogi

Andrew Li

Wong Chun Hun

Captain: Michael Walker

 

PHILIPPINES v INDONESIA

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Philippines

Francis Casey Alcantara

Ruben Gonzales

Treat Huey

Alberto Lim

Captain: Karl Santamaria

 

Indonesia

David Agung Susanto

Aditya Hari Sasongko

Anthony Susanto

Sunu-Wahyu Trijati

Captain: Andrian Raturandang

 

KUWAIT v THAILAND

Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Centre, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

 

Kuwait

Abdullah Maqdes

Abdulhamid Mubarak

Abdulrahman Alawadhi

Mohammad Ghareeb

Captain: Adel al Shatti

 

Thailand

Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul

Jirat Navasirisomboon

Sonchat Ratiwatana

Sanchai Ratiwatana

Captain: Vittaya Samrej

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

PARAGUAY v BARBADOS

Venue: Rakiura Resort, Luque, PAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Paraguay

Ayed Zatar

Bruno Britez

Joaquin Vallejo

Lucas Carlos Ribas Crichigno

Captain: Paulo Carvallo

 

Barbados

Darian King

Haydn Lewis

Matthew Foster-Estwick

Seanon Williams

Captain: Damien Applewhaite

 

GUATEMALA v MEXICO

Venue: Federación Nacional de Tenis de Campo, Guatemala, GUA (hard – outdoor)

 

Guatemala

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa

Wilfredo Gonzalez

Stefan Emilio Gonzalez

Rudy Richter

Captain: Anthony Benjamin Vasquez Rodas

 

Mexico

Lucas Gomez
Luis Patino
Manuel Sanchez
Gerardo Lopez
Captain: David Roditi

 

EL SALVADOR v BOLIVIA

Venue: Circulo Deportivo Internacional, San Salvador, ESA (hard – outdoor)

 

El Salvador

Marcelo Arevalo

Rafael Arevalo

Alberto Emmanuel Alvarado Larin

Jose Baires

Captain: Cesar Nolasco

 

Bolivia

Federico Zeballos

Hugo Dellien

Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar

Rodrigo Banzer

Captain: Mauricio Solis

 

VENEZUELA v BAHAMAS

Venue: Doral Park Country Club, Doral, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

Venezuela

Ricardo Rodriguez

Luis David Martinez

Jordi Munoz-Abreu

Miguel Angel Este

Captain: Yohny Romero

 

Bahamas

Spencer Newman

Philip Wilbert Major

Justin Lunn

Playing captain: Marvin Rolle

 

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