From my friends yahoo group for Mark and Magnus. Poor girl, there's really not much to say about either of these guys!
Sydney youngster Todd Reid has been called up for his Davis Cup team debut against Morocco in Perth with Mark Philippoussis ruled out of this month's World Group promotion-relegation tie.
Tennis Australia said team regular Philippoussis was forced out by the gluteal muscle injury which caused his fifth set retirement in the first round of the US Open.
Reid, ranked No.107, joins world No.3 Lleyton Hewitt, No.84 Wayne Arthurs and doubles star Todd Woodbridge in the four-man team for the tie to be played on grass at Royal Kings Park from September 24- 26.
Philippoussis played a key role in winning Davis Cup titles for Australia in 1999 and 2003 but his omission is less of a blow because he has struggled badly for form this year, suffering 12 first round losses in a dismal season as his ranking slid to No.57.
Fitzgerald has indicated that 33-year-old Arthurs is likely to serve as Australia's No.2 singles player behind Hewitt.
Reid, a 20-year-old from Sydney, has been a regular hitting partner for the Davis Cup Team since 2003.
The 2002 Junior Wimbledon champion reached the quarterfinals of the
Australian Men's Hardcourts in Adelaide and the adidas International in Sydney early this year.
He also recorded an impressive win over then world No.5 Gaston Gaudio in July's Montreal tournament in the Tennis Masters Series.
"He (Reid) has certainly put in the hard yards as a hitting partner, and has benefited enormously from working closely with players such as Lleyton and Mark," said Fitzgerald. "In 1991 another rookie was blooded into Davis Cup Team in Perth. That rookie was Todd Woodbridge, who has gone on to become one of Australia's greatest ever Davis Cup players.
"Now we are introducing another Todd into the team, and we hope this will also be the beginning of another great Australian Davis Cup career.
"Although we will certainly miss Mark, I look forward to welcoming him back into the team early next year," he said. Australia must win this tie to remain in the World Group in 2005 but Fitzgerald remains confident.
"In 2002, we were in the same position of having to play a qualifying round against India in Adelaide. We all looked at that tie as the start of our push towards another final appearance the following year - a goal which we successfully achieved. I know this team is just as committed to that goal."
hehe but how amusing would it be to have aus have to qualify for world group again
Kind of nice for the rest of the world to see. I feel sorry for mark and his sore ass. Todd Reid eh. Little Lleyton, to me. He's pretty fiesty on court
and was so annoying in the match against Massu in Sydney (yeah, I did hear all of Massu's grunts!) Should be an interesting tie!