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DC World Group Play-offs Draw

World Group Play-offs Draw

Austria (s) (c) (*)
v.
Ecuador

Belarus (s)
v.
Canada (c) (*)

Chile (s) (c) (*)
v.
Pakistan

Czech Republic (s) (c)
v.
Germany

Spain (s)
v.
Italy (c)

Sweden (s)
v.
India (c)

Switzerland (s) (c)
v.
Great Britain

USA (s)
v.
Belgium (c)


(s)=Seeded nation
(c)=Choice of Ground
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot

The ties will be played on 23 - 25 September 2005, the same weekend as the World Group Semifinals. The winning nations in the World Group Play-offs will secure places in the 2006 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in Zonal Group I in 2006.

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Very bad draw, I think
Not from the tennis aspect, but that they have to travel to India.
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we have to go to switerzland...FEDERER argggg and a sucky swedish draw too


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WOO!!!! Austria!

And kom igen Sverige Dunno how the doubles match will go (providing it's Paes/Bhupathi) but they ought to win. I will be frustrated if they don't!
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They may play on grass. I'd have also loved to go to Sweden for the tie, but India is tooooooooo far !!!

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i found an article about this from an indian newspaper which interviewed Leander Paes.

NEW DELHI, MAY 3: India continue to ride their luck as the draw for the Davis Cup World Group play-offs today handed them a home tie, making it three in a row for the indians. India have been drawn to play Sweden at home later this year, with the choice of surface up to the hosts. The draw was made at the ITF headquarters in London earlier on Tuesday. The visitors would be the seeded team for the tie to be played from September 23 to 25.

And Indian team captain Leander Paes, who was counting on a home tie for the playoffs, admitted that a home tie plays a big role in deciding the result. ‘‘Sweden is a tough team, and as I see it, it is a tough draw, no doubt,’’ he told the Indian Express from Rome. ‘‘They have some great players, Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Enqvist, and it will be very tough. They are amongst the best teams in the world, with Bjorkman the current doubles champion at Wimbledon.

‘‘But the advantage for us would be playing at home, so I hope we do our best,’’ he added.

However, he is glad that he has avoided Chile in Chile, something he has repeatedly admitted to dread. ‘‘Well, we have to play a tough team in the playoff, but yeah, avoiding Chile is definitely good,’’ he laughs.

Seven-times champions Sweden is one of the eight first round losers from the World Group, while India beat China and Uzbekistan to qualify from the Asia Oceania zone group 1. With a 10-match winning streak behind them, India have a chance to make it to the elite group after a seven year gap.

However, India have lost all their four ties against Sweden, including twice at home on grass — 5-0 at Kolkata in the World Group quarterfinal in 1996 (when Sweden lost eventually in the final) and 4-1 in Bangalore in another WG quarters in 1985 (when they finished champions).

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Yeah... India isn't totally out of the question... but I don't think I could:
a) avoid food for 3 days
b) live on mcdonalds for three days
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http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=320548
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Rohan Bopanna was today rewarded for his successful return from a long injury lay-off with a place in the Indian Davis Cup team for the crucial World Group play-off against Sweden to be held here from September 23 to 25.

Making way for Bopanna was Harsh Mankad, named as reserve player in the team of Paes (captain), Bhupathi and Prakash Amritraj.

All India Tennis Association secretary Anil Khanna said the selection committee finalised the team late last night after a discussion with captain Paes, currently playing in the US Open Grand Slam.

"The Committee, however, has conveyed to the captain that it was his prerogative to name the team," Khanna added. As per the Davis Cup rules, a captain reserves the right to alter the team until he presents a four-member final list for the draw, usually made a day before the tie. "Leander can make a change if he feels necessary based on the players' form during the practice," Khanna, also the President of the Asian Tennis Federation, said.

The tie is to be played on the newly laid grass courts at the R K Khanna Stadium.

The Swedes have named a probable team with Mats Wilander as non-playing captain ( ) and includes Thomas Johansson, Joachim Johansson, Robin Soderling, Jonas Bjorkman and Michael Ryderstedt.

The last date for the nations to announce the team is September 12.

The winner of the tie would be promoted to the 16-nation World Group next year while the loser would return to Group 1 of their respective zone. Sweden were forced to play the qualifying tie after losing the World Group first round 3-2 to France in March this year.

India has a poor head to head record against the seven-time champions. The hosts have lost all the four ties to Sweden, including two on grass at home. In fact, Vijay Amritraj's 8-6 9-7 win over Wilander in 1985 is the only positive result India has against Sweden.

It has been a fairytale comeback for Bopanna whose career, after the sensational performance in the 2003 World Group play-off against the Netherlands, was derailed by a major shoulder injury. Bopanna returned to the circuit in March this year after a four-month break during when he underwent an operation. Since then, the 25-year old from Coorg has clinched two USD 10,000 titles (in Kuwait and Sri Lanka) besides winning the first leg and reaching the finals of second and third leg in Satellite circuit in Delhi.

His ranking has risen from the above-600s to a career high 309 on the ATP Tour. On prefering Bopanna to Mankad, who has 16 Davis Cup matches under his belt, Khanna said the selectors and the captain felt the former's game was better suited to the surface.

Khanna said the Paes-Bhupathi combo still remained the best doubles pair for India. "We can't think of replacing Leander and Mahesh for the next three years," he said. "They are also very keen to play the 2008 Olympic Games," he added.

With two more key tennis events -- ITF Satellite men's circuit in Delhi and USD 170,000 WTA Tour event in Kolkata -- falling in the same week beginning Sep 19, it could be exciting times for the Indian fans.

Khanna said Bhupathi, whose Globosport own the women's tourney, would not be distracted by additional commitments.

"Leander would head straight back to India after the US Open while Mahesh would be at the venue from Tuesday. Four days of practice should be sufficient for Mahesh," he said.
More people unaware of the shoulder issues. Unless there's another Joachim Johansson we don't know about!?

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Any news for this tie ? Who will play ?

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The Swedish team for the match against India has been announced today

The team will be Thomas, Jonas, Simon and Vinci (Vinci will play instead of Robin who is injured)

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what happened to Robin? i think the doubles match is going to be interesting !!! India is famous of the doubles players Sweden as well.

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Good luck to Sweden
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Johansson to lead Swedish campaign in World Group play-off
NEW DELHI, SEP 13 (PTI)
2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson will spearhead the Swedish campaign against India in the Davis Cup World Group play-off to be held here from September 23 to 25.

The injury-hit seven-time champions will, however, be dependent on versatile Jonas Bjorkman to carry their flag (nice! -K) in a tie the winner of which will progress to the World Group of the men's tennis elite team competition next year.

In the absence of Joachim Johansson, world ranked 35 and no relation to Thomas, Sweden have called up seasoned Andreas Vinciguerra who last played a Cup tie in 2003 and is currently ranked 433 on the ATP Tour.

Simon Aspelin is expected to pair with Bjorkman with legendary Mats Wilander donning the role of non-playing captain.

Thirty-three-year-old Bjorkman has eight Grand Slam doubles titles under his belt and is a rare player accomplished in singles as well, with a semifinal appearance at the US Open being his best performance.

Bjorkman is no stranger to the Indian fans, having won the doubles title in the inaugural Gold Flake Open in New Delhi in 1996. Sweden, who have a 4-0 head-to-head record over India, have made a special request for a last minute inclusion of Robert Lindstedt as a reserve player.

Lindstedt, 28, has an ATP Tour ranking of 73 in doubles.

Sweden lost to France 2-3 in the first round of the World Group this year.

The teams: Sweden: Thomas Johansson, Jonas Bjorkman, Andreas Vinciguerra and Simon Aspelin.

Non-playing captain: Mats Wilander; Reserve: Robert Lindstedt.


India: Leander Paes (playing captain), Mahesh Bhupathi, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna. Reserve: Harsh Mankad.
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Thanks for the news Good to see Vinci again in the team ! Yes, the double match will be interesting. Good luck to the vikings !!!

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