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Surprise surprise visiting team complains about home court in Davis Cup clash

Well, it wouldn't be Davis Cup, if there weren't complaints about the surface from the away team.

- It's too dry.
- It's too wet.
- The balls are heavy.
- There is a downhill slope at one end of the court.
- It's too fast/slow.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis...881433386.html

Flu, surface tension riles team before cup clash


AUSTRALIAN captain John Fitzgerald has condemned as unplayable the makeshift court surface being prepared for this week's crucial Davis Cup tie with Serbia and said the match referee may have to intervene.

Led by Lleyton Hewitt, the unfancied Australians had their first practice session inside Belgrade's enormous Beogradska Arena — and it was anything but pretty.

Hewitt and Fitzgerald were dismayed at the diabolical state of the drop-in claycourt to be used for the world group play-off, starting on Friday.

Moist underfoot and easily scuffed up, the court resembled a grassless backyard cricket pitch as the bounce of the balls continually befuddled Hewitt and teammates Paul Hanley, Chris Guccione and Peter Luczak.

At one point, Hewitt cried "Oh my God" as he was stopped in his tracks when a section of the baseline caved in. He stood hands on hips and shaking his head as a courtside repairman rushed to hammer the line back down.

When the practice match resumed and Luczak asked the score, Hewitt replied wryly: "Three craters to one."

But Fitzgerald, already suffering from the flu, did not see the funny side. "As it is now, it's not playable," he said. "It's got a bit of improving to do. I don't know how quickly they can improve it."

The court was laid only last week and Fitzgerald was hopeful it would dry out in the coming days. If it didn't, Fitzgerald warned "it's up to the referee", Englishman Mike Morrisey, to solve the issue.

"I think it will improve … it would be highly unlikely that they would end up with a product that's not good enough to play on," Fitzgerald said. "But it's got to be good enough."

The disgruntled visitors have been given the option of practising on another indoor claycourt nearby, but Fitzgerald said that wouldn't do.

"All we want to do is get somewhere where we can hit, but you want to play on the match court because then you play in the atmosphere," he said.

Encountering a problematic playing surface on their first official day of practice together was the last thing the Australians needed with Fitzgerald, coach Darren Cahill and hitting partner Alun Jones all sick. Cahill and Jones were unable to attend training due to illness.

The Serbs, to be led by world No. 3 and recent US Open runner-up Novak Djokovic, firmed as favourites when No. 2 singles player Janko Tipsarevic — who had been in doubt with a torn rib muscle — declared he would be fit.

"You talk to the locals here and they think it's a foregone conclusion. But we don't mind that," Fitzgerald said. "We're happy to be … the underdogs."

Australia would be relegated to the Asia-Oceania qualifying zone for the first time in a decade if it lost and Serbia would be promoted to the world group for the first time as an independent nation.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1

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Re: Surprise suprise visiting team complains about home court in Davis Cup clash

In Gothenbourg Roddick screamed "fuck I don´t wanna be here" and broke his racket. The American team has problems with the low bounce on the fast surface
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Re: Surprise suprise visiting team complains about home court in Davis Cup clash

Hei Patrik

Yes, some people think the Americans are just going to walkover the Swedes, but this is an ice rink like the old indoor days and rallies aren't going to be an issue.

I mean it's like when teams go to Argentina, they are going to expect heavy clay, but that's part of the challenge of playing.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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This is priceless!

Thanks for the news guys. At least with Wimbledon Court 1 the Croats know what they'll be getting (weather permitting ).
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Who cares if the court is shit....both teams are playing on the same surface so that's all that matters

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lol lleyton is funny. i cant believe something like that would happen how could such a big event be so badly prepared.

Go Hewitt and other Aussies
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I don't care. I just want to see some nice tennis on tv
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At one point, Hewitt cried "Oh my God" as he was stopped in his tracks when a section of the baseline caved in. He stood hands on hips and shaking his head as a courtside repairman rushed to hammer the line back down.
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A shame that you can´t watch Davis Cup live through web-streaming, to choose which tie you wanna see etc, like you can on the Masters Series. This is 2007 and still it is like it is!!
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A shame that you can´t watch Davis Cup live through web-streaming, to choose which tie you wanna see etc, like you can on the Masters Series. This is 2007 and still it is like it is!!
Indeed, I would love to see interactive coverage of Davis Cup with match choice. I don't see why it isn't possible especially if it could generate important revenue for the ITF and small Davis Cup countries, like Peru and Slovakia.
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lol. who cares, just play on it. Not everybody is lucky enough to play on perfectly rendered courts so stop whinging.

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When the practice match resumed and Luczak asked the score, Hewitt replied wryly: "Three craters to one."

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In Gothenbourg Roddick screamed "fuck I don´t wanna be here" and broke his racket. The American team has problems with the low bounce on the fast surface
Andy screams, swears, and breaks his racquet no matter where or on what surface he's practicing He's an angel in his matches compared to how nutty he is in practice. This isn't new, I've seen him do it with my own eyes on US hardcourts

as for the Aus/Serb tie, if the court's as bad as that article makes it out to be (which it probably isn't), I don't see the problem in complaining about it - the home team has the right to make a court that gives them an advantage, but it should at least be of a minimal playable quality Plus I wouldn't think a really shitty court would help the Serbs either - unpredictable bounces and slopes and crazy stuff like that don't really help anyone except those who can get used to it more

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Re: Surprise surprise visiting team complains about home court in Davis Cup clash

You can complain about many things. You have to deal with the speed and surface characertistics the home team is giving you, but some things such as irregularities, unevenness, holes or even deep craters in the court shouldn't be too outstanding and the court should be laid at least semi-professionally. Somebody who wants to play Davis Cup on a level like these guys should be able to provide at least that and thus put enough effort into it to be good and serious host.

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This is tennis at the highest level, the least they can do is provide courts with no craters that dont fall apart. I thought tennis was big in Serbia now, and they cannot invest in good courts? The team has a right to complain if the court is so bad that it cannot be played on.
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