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Davis Cup Committee Discusses Surface Pace Rule

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Davis Cup Committee Discusses Surface Pace Rule
By Tennis Week
05/11/2005

Davis Cup may set a speed limit. The International Tennis Federation may soon set pace parameters for surfaces used in Davis Cup ties. The ITF Davis Cup Committee met last month in Zurich to discuss implementing a surface pace rule that would standardize the slowest and fastest surfaces permissible in Davis Cup competition.

The Davis Cup Committee recommended adopting a surface pace rule by 2007 though it deferred a decision on the issue until its next meeting in September.

Under the current Davis Cup system, the host nation selects the surface and is not obligated to meet pre-set speed requirements. Davis Cup rules regarding surface state: "The surface of the courts to be used in the Competition shall be grass turf; a natural or artificial fine gritty material; cement; or a bituminous composition or a synthetic surface; but in no case shall a Tie be played on a surface of stone or any other surface except by mutual agreement between the two Nations competing."

Current Davis Cup rules allow the ITF to intervene in the event it rules a surface unplayable: "The Davis Cup Committee may, at any time, at its discretion intervene if, in its opinion, the conditions for or the circumstances surrounding any Tie, including but without limitation to, the climate, court surface or local organization do not or are unlikely to ensure the maintenance at all times of the high ideals of the competition."

The Davis Cup Committee also deferred decision on implementing an electronic line calling system for Davis Cup. The Committee granted the requests of Americans Cecil Mamiit and Eric Taino to represent the Philippines in Davis Cup competition, but denied the players' request to waive the six-month waiting period before they can represent the Philippines.
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Those traitors! It is nice that they are going to try to help out tennis in the Phillipines. They should be allowed to play, it isn't like PMac is going to pick either of them.

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Other important matters decided by the 2005 ITF AGM included:

Davis Cup and Fed Cup
- Approval of the proposal to seed nations in the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions in accordance with the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking and Fed Cup Nations Ranking.
- Approval of the proposal to achieve an improvement in Team Identification by requiring members of doubles teams to be dressed in substantially the same colours as each other.

Davis Cup
- Approval of the proposal that all dead rubbers should be played as the best of three tiebreak sets. In cases of adverse weather or any other unavoidable hindrance that forces play to be abandoned on the third day, that teams will not be required to stay another day and complete the tie if a result has already been obtained.

Fed Cup
- Approval of the proposal to lift the age eligibility restriction and allow players age 14 years and over to play in all levels of the Fed Cup competition from 2005, including the World Groups.
- In cases of adverse weather or any other unavoidable hindrance that forces play to be abandoned on the second day, approval of the proposal that teams will not be required to stay another day and complete the tie if a result has already been obtained.
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I think that is good! It's unfair a final in Clay to USA or Grass to Spain. I think that all ties should be in a standart speed surface (Hard), except with agree between the 2 nations.

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I think that is good! It's unfair a final in Clay to USA or Grass to Spain. I think that all ties should be in a standart speed surface (Hard), except with agree between the 2 nations.
Erm, if I'm understanding that article correctly, the changes will have zero effect on this. It would effect the speed of the grass and clay, but that's it.

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Re: Davis Cup Committee Discusses Surface Pace Rule

My understanding is that the speed limit rules aim to prevent extremely fast or extremely slow courts, beyond the scale normally used in tournaments.

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