04-17-2008, 01:10 AM
As Australia got a hard draw, it is very likely that no Asian/Oceanian team will be in the WG in 2009.
Therefore, 9 teams will play in the Asia/Oceania group I, so in two rounds they can't be down to 2.
I think that the soultion will be to have 3 qualifiers for the PO from there, and then it will be easy to make. SO europe gets 3 and the Americas 2.
But in the unlikely event that Peru wins in Israel or Brazil in Croatia, there will be 10 teams in Europe and 5 in the Americas in group I, so Europe will have 1 seeded team that has to play 2 rounds.
So this one Asian team in the WG changes the whole structure of the competion.
Weird, isn't it?
(And the funny thing, is that there will probably be a first Asian team in Fed Cup's final this year)
04-17-2008, 01:25 AM
The world group is interesting as it really indicates the depth of tennis in every country and the upcoming new powerhouses. If the problem does arise, maybe the 9 teams will be separated into round robin groups of 4 and 5 where the top 2 from each group advance to knockout phase. Just wait till the problem does arise.
09-20-2008, 01:16 PM
It's getting closer now that The Netherlands leads 2:1 against Korea.
09-21-2008, 03:51 PM
S. Korea lost so it's almost final.
The only problem with my system is the relegation.
09-21-2008, 09:37 PM
Now it's final.
I think that in the ITF would hope that one of the 3 seeded teams will lose (in both Europe and Asia) and then, there will be just 2 relegated teams.
If not, then maybe a round robin in neutral country will be played.
09-21-2008, 11:22 PM
Wow this is so cool, is it really possible that three teams from asia/oceania will advance?
So it could look something like this next year?
1 Australia Bye
China v Taiwan
2 Korea rep Bye
Kazahkstan v Uzbekistan
3 India Bye
Japan v Thailand
With three qualifiers from this region?
Does this also mean it would be a permenant move until one of them advances back to the world group?
Say three of them advance, what do they do with six teams?
09-22-2008, 02:48 AM
or maybe during 2009 they should relegate one more team than they promote and keep that until Asia gets a good standard of teams. Nowadays there are almost no asian teams with more than one top 100.
09-22-2008, 01:47 PM
They announced the seeds for next year and there are 4 in Europe so I guess they structure remains almost normal.
I still don't know how are they going to handle 9 teams in Asia (there are 4 seeds).
I think that 2 unseeded teams will play an early round. Then if the winner of this rounds loses to the seeded team, it's all going back to normal. If not another extra match between the unseeded and the seeded who lost is being held, and then it's all normal again.
Or a simpler but unfair solution - the 2 unseeded teams play an extra round and the loser goes to relegation playoffs. 1 seeded team can't be relegated. That's the solution that is going to be selected IMO, and Australia will be that seeded teams automatically.
09-22-2008, 02:12 PM
BTW, I think it would be a lot fairer to make my structure, as there are 13(!) European teams in the world group already, so why does Europe should get 4 PO spots and Asia only 2.
I think the Asian group is actually stronger this year (at least the seeded teams).
09-22-2008, 02:18 PM
or maybe during 2009 they should relegate one more team than they promote and keep that until Asia gets a good standard of teams. Nowadays there are almost no Asian teams with more than one top 100.
They might do that I think.