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Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

I just realised we dont have a thread specificly for our Davis Cup team. Well Chile tie is fast approaching and I believe this will be our squad:

Lleyton Hewitt
Chris Guccione
Paul Hanley
Jordan Kerr

Paul Hanley and Jordan Kerr have been playing well together this year and already have an ATP title to show for it. Peter Luczak has fallen off the radar IMO. What do you guys think will be our team in september?
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Re: Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

It's a shame that Luczak is injured, I don't see gooch doing anything against Massu or Capdeville on clay. The doubles pairing is a good shout, Hewitt will probably be playing patched up so it'd be a lot to ask of him to play all 3 days (I know he did it in the last tie but there should be a bit more time on court in this tie) so I wouldn't mind seeing Kerr in the squad.

Mind you I'm not Australian so I'm not part of the we
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Gucci Pucci is good in Davis Cup and decent on clay too, keep the faith.

Kerr and Hanley should definately play doubles, as I have said for ages but as we know Fitzgerald has no balls whatsoever and will probably just play an injured Lleyton there rather than trying something new.

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Gucci Pucci is good in Davis Cup and decent on clay too, keep the faith.

Kerr and Hanley should definately play doubles, as I have said for ages but as we know Fitzgerald has no balls whatsoever and will probably just play an injured Lleyton there rather than trying something new.
As long as Guccione picks up a little bit of form between now and the US Open I'm not that worried pressuming Lleyton can play well. If we were to pick Hewitt, Guccione, Hanley and Kerr then it would seem a smart choice as this is our Olympic team as well. Hanley and Kerr have commited to playing the rest of the season together. So in my mind they dont really have another choice then choosing Hanley and Kerr. The only thing that may change Fitzy's mind is the fact that Peter Luczak's favorite surface is clay. Guccione has beaten Gonzalez this year on hard courts but it would be a tough ask to beat him on clay. For Lleyton he shouldnt have to much trouble with the first round match even if he is injured. Lets just hope Hanley and Kerr get the job done in the doubles and we can go into the last day 2-1 up.
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Hewit's going to drop out of the top 60 and is injuried and very well not play in the tie. Guccione is going out and losing in qualies of challenegrs to players outside the top 900. Oh, i feel fantastic about this tie.

Hopefully Guccione can pick his form up soon. But at the moment we have about 2% of winning this tie.
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Sad!
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Re: Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

If Hewitt can't play, we are screwed.

Who I'd pick if Hewitt can't play? Samuel Groth, for experience.

Otherwise, I agree with Hewitt, Guccione, Hanley and Kerr
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If no Hewitt then we have no hope. Guccione and Hanley have experience so they will be in. I would add Groth and Ball.
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At least Massu is sh1t nowadays and Capdeville well he's not really a clay guy is he. I think more of a serve guy no (dis my rafa impression)?
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THE repercussions of Lleyton Hewitt's doomed Olympics are likely to be lasting - but Australia's new crop of players now get a chance in the Davis Cup.

Hewitt is recovering at home in Sydney from hip surgery and is out for the rest of the season after trying to play through the pain barrier in Beijing.

He lost in second-round singles to Rafael Nadal and in doubles with Chris Guccione to Americans Bob and Mike Bryan.

He will miss the US Open next week and Australia's daunting Davis Cup clash with Chile in Antofagasta next month.

The South Australian, 27, said he had exhausted "every other possibility, other than surgery" before consenting to have an operation on his left hip.

He said he had found it "impossible and frustrating not being able to continue to play and be competitive at the highest level" in Beijing.

"Surgery was always the last resort, but unfortunately that's what it came down to," Hewitt said.

"I am also shattered that I can't lead the Australian Davis Cup team in Chile (next month) in our bid to rejoin the world group, and hope that the boys can still come through with a great win."

Hewitt's surgery consisted of a hip arthroscopy and repairing a hip labral tear.

The former world No. 1 said he was "extremely disappointed at missing the US Open", which he won in 2001 in New York two days before the catastrophic events of September 11.

He said the decision to have an operation was based on long-term aspirations.

"I am looking forward to playing again in January in my home country, and using that as a springboard to compete at my best again on the world stage for at least a couple of more years," he said.

Hewitt has battled the hip problem for months, limiting his famed mobility and reducing him to cannon fodder for the sport's heavy hitters.

The former world champion's absence paves the way for Australia to test its next generation in Davis Cup.

With clay court specialist Peter Luczak battling hip and hamstring problems, the way is clear to trial Bernard Tomic, Brydan Klein and Carsten Ball.

Guccione and Paul Hanley loom as senior players as Australia faces the might of Olympic gold medallists Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu on red clay. The winner of the match climbs into the Davis Cup's world group. The loser drops back into zonal competition.

Ball has just moved into the top 200. The California-born left-hander, 21, has been given a wild card into the US Open under Tennis Australia's reciprocal deal with the US Tennis Association.

Tomic, 15, might get his wish to be the youngest to play Davis Cup for Australia.

Klein, 18, is considered to be the nation's best Grand Slam hope since Hewitt's emergence a decade ago.
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Re: Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

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TA really needs to start blooding our younger players. Fair enough for Guccione and Hanley to be the senior members of the team that will travel to Chile. But we have no hope against the Chileans in Chile on clay, so we really need to blood our youths. It would be a great opportunity for the likes of Ball, Klein and/or Tomic to get their first Davis Cup call up. We really need to reinvigorate our squad.

In addition to this, John Fitzgerald should be made to stand down. He has done a wonderful job for our Davis Cup team over the years, but he has held the Davis Cup Captain tag since 2001...7 years...it's time for someone else to take on the role and see what they can offer. Personally I would like to see TA revert to the captain and coach format and hire the Woodies as the new Davis Cup crew. They are younger, eager to remain involved with tennis and both were such good architects of points on the court. They could teach our youngsters a thing or two.

Having said that, I expect there to be differing opinions here on the board
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Well I think we can just about say Chile advances to the World Group next year but I think this is good, Tennis Australia froths over Lleyton so much that the team without him is so unbelievably lost. John Fitzgerald is in love with Lleyton but at the same time he thinks very highly of Bernard. I think they will bring Carsten, Smeets, Brydan and Bernard and the two that play the best will get chosen. I think Carsten and Brydan will get picked and Carsten will play number 2 singles based on current form.

To throw another spanner in the works some 30 year old Greek Aussie is making a tennis comeback, could he be our saviour once again?
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LMAO, Philiusless is done and dusted he should stick to reality TV,
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I would go for Guccione, Hanley, Ball and Klein. Smeets and Kerr in the squad with BT as orange boy.
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Re: Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

I got bagged a little on here for suggesting what seems about to take place.

Obviously we have little hope without Lleyton so we don't have a lot to lose by playing these fellas. I think it will be very exciting to see how they can go as there will be no expectations, you never know what youth and exuberism can do to galvanise a group.
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