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Australian Davis Cup team cheering thread

Matchu
07-26-2008, 01:04 AM
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?

StevoTG
07-26-2008, 01:26 AM
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 ;)

au_sports_opinion
07-26-2008, 09:22 PM
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.

Matchu
07-27-2008, 04:49 AM
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.

aussie_fan
07-27-2008, 07:51 AM
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. :o

Hopefully Guccione can pick his form up soon. But at the moment we have about 2% of winning this tie.

scotthongkong
07-27-2008, 12:23 PM
Sad!

OZTENNIS
07-28-2008, 01:03 AM
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

scotthongkong
07-28-2008, 02:04 AM
If no Hewitt then we have no hope. Guccione and Hanley have experience so they will be in. I would add Groth and Ball.

au_sports_opinion
07-28-2008, 02:25 AM
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)?

OZTENNIS
08-20-2008, 10:57 AM
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.

OZTENNIS
08-20-2008, 11:03 AM
Finally :o

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 :p

Matchu
08-20-2008, 11:35 AM
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?

OZTENNIS
08-20-2008, 02:05 PM
^^^
LMAO, Philiusless is done and dusted he should stick to reality TV,

scotthongkong
08-20-2008, 02:53 PM
I would go for Guccione, Hanley, Ball and Klein. Smeets and Kerr in the squad with BT as orange boy.

au_sports_opinion
08-20-2008, 11:07 PM
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.

scotthongkong
08-22-2008, 05:53 AM
I've been thinking about Hanley and I think his mind has been elsewhere this year for good reason. His record has been very ordinary and I am doubting he will be selected. Leave Guccione in and then fill the squad with all the young ones.

aussie_fan
08-22-2008, 10:30 AM
You ahve to pick Hanley, he might of not had the greatest results, but he is still our best doubles players. our young guys aren't really good enought to fill up 3 spots

scotthongkong
08-22-2008, 12:46 PM
Chris Guccione can play doubles and would make a great partner for Carsten Ball who is another excellent left handed doubles player. I think this is the tie to take a risk as in any case we will probably lose without Lleyton. Experiment and try them out. What do we have to lose?

OZTENNIS
08-25-2008, 04:36 AM
^^^^
Exactly :)
Well said

save ausdecline
08-25-2008, 07:20 AM
Bernard should play a dead rubber. He shouldnt be forced to endured a best of five set match.

OZTENNIS
08-30-2008, 02:52 AM
I think Brydan Klein would actually be better off in this tie than Tomic. Like someone else said, save Bernard for a home tie. Brydan has been travelling a fair bit this year, getting some pretty good results and is obviously on the rise, so give him a go.

Guccione and Hanley have been ring ins over the last few years, so them plus Brydan would leave one place for Carsten Ball who TA mentioned on their website.

Tomic and Smeets should be hitting partners

eureka
09-02-2008, 02:11 PM
Luczak is playing his first tournament back in the Netherlands this week. Interesting to see how he goes!

Rae777
09-03-2008, 03:19 AM
Rookies thrown into Davis Cup deep end

S.M.H. September 3, 2008 - 11:39AM

Australia has named its most inexperienced line-up in Davis Cup history for this month's daunting World Group play-off in Chile.

Another 5-0 South American drubbing could be on the cards after Australian captain John Fitzgerald was forced to select a six-strong squad containing four Cup rookies - and no Lleyton Hewitt.

With Hewitt recovering from season-ending hip surgery, the onus falls on world No.87 Chris Guccione to spearhead Australia in the September 19-21 claycourt tie in Antofagasta.

Exacerbating Australia's problems is the absence of doubles stalwart Paul Hanley, who is booked in for thyroid surgery.

Fitzgerald is desperately hoping claycourt specialist and regular squad member Peter Luczak, who hasn't played since a first-round French Open loss in May, will be sufficiently fit to take on the Fernando Gonzalez-led Chileans.

Even if Luczak plays, Fitzgerald still must blood at least two debutants after Wednesday naming Cup novices Carsten Ball, 21, Brydan Klein, 19, Sam Groth, 20, and 15-year-old wunderkind Bernard Tomic in his bare-bones squad.

Tomic and Klein, the winners of the past two Australian Open junior championships, and Ball all have experience as Davis Cup hitting partners.

But assigning any of them to a Cup debut in what is certain to be a hostile Estadio Militar arena is truly asking a boy to do a man's job.

Ball is ranked 188th in the world, Groth 234th, Klein 239th and Tomic 818th and the four have played less than half-dozen ATP matches between them.

Australia's last two trips to South America have ended in 5-0 whitewashes at the hands of Argentina in Buenos Aires - in 2006 with Hewitt and four years earlier without the country's most prolific Davis Cup singles winner.

Equally disconcerting for the Australians is Gonzalez's 17-2 Cup record on clay.

The 2007 Australian Open runner-up's sole defeats on the red dirt came on his Cup debut as a 17-year-old against Franco Squillari in Buenos Aires in 1998 and against Russian Igor Andreev - who pushed Roger Federer to five sets at the US Open - at home last February.

While a most unlikely victory would elevate Australia to the competition's 16-nation World Group in 2009, defeat would leave the 28-times Cup champions stranded in the second-tier Asia-Oceania division for at least another year.

aussie_fan
09-03-2008, 03:39 AM
No doubles specialist, that's got to be some sort of joke. Kerr is ranked just outside the top 20 for doubles, surely he should be given a go, team him up with the Gooch.

Luzcak hasn't played a match since May, if he's fully fit then of course he's an obivous choice but it might be a bit tough to rely on him so early in his comeback, we'll see.

What a thrashing this going to be, have to hope gonzalez breaks a leg in this match against roddick.

OZTENNIS
09-04-2008, 01:04 AM
Love this decision by Fitzgerald and co :D

Finally a young team is selected to take us into the next decade. This experience will be invaluable for all of them. To travel to South America to play against Chile on clay will be a phenomenal experience for all of them, even Guccione.

In my honest opinion aussie fan, it would make no difference having either Kerr or Hanley on the team. Even if Hewitt was fully fit and raring to go, it would be almost impossible for us to win. Against Chile, lead by Gonzalez on clay in Chile? That's a big ask even for the super heavyweights of Davis Cup. Whilst Kerr and Hanley's results suggest that they should have been picked, I'm glad they weren't. To sacrifice the spot of one or two of these players for a doubles specialist doesn't make sense IMO.

BTW, don't know why Luczak was included in the squad seeing as he has been injured etc etc. Don't really like that decision, but hopefully Ball, Groth and Klein can prove their mettle and make the team ahead of him

OZTENNIS
09-04-2008, 05:03 AM
Bolters enter Agassi's school
By Courtney Walsh
September 04, 2008 AUSTRALIA has turned to American Andre Agassi for inspiration before arguably its greatest Davis Cup challenge.

Agassi will spend the next week playing host to three members of a relatively anonymous squad named to play Chile in a fortnight.

As revealed by The Australian last month, prodigy Bernard Tomic, 15, has the opportunity to become Australia's youngest Davis Cup player if he can impress against the five other members of the lowly-ranked squad when they arrive in Chile next week.

Tomic will join regular Davis Cup combatant Chris Guccione and fellow rookie Carsten Ball, the son of former Davis Cup player Sid, in Las Vegas over the next week to work with Agassi and his renowned fitness coach Gil Reyes.

"Andre is there and wants to hit a few balls with them," Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said yesterday.

"He holds a special place in tennis history, Andre Agassi.

"For them it is a huge honour to even meet him, let alone hit with him. They are all excited and Carsten is over the moon. Andre is going to be there on site and Gil is going to be there. They are going to befriend these kids, talk to them and give them a good five days on really good clay courts."

Agassi, a former world No1 who claimed all four Grand Slam titles, offered his help due to his friendship with Australia's coach, Darren Cahill.

The eight-time Grand Slam winner, who was coached by Cahill, retired after the 2006 US Open but has since worked with both Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis.

It is understandably a relationship Fitzgerald is keen to pursue. "They are great mates, life-long friends and he is in town and is happy to hit a few balls and hang out with them," Fitzgerald said.

While the US-based trio is hitting in Las Vegas, fellow squad members Peter Luczak, Brydan Klein and Sam Groth are preparing individually. Luczak, the squad's veteran, is playing his first tournament since the French Open after being sidelined with a pelvis and hip problem.

The clay-court specialist, who has been building his fitness in Sweden, is due to play a wild-card opponent in The Netherlands and may also play another tournament next week before joining the squad.

Former Australian Open junior champion Klein, whose ranking has improved 501 spots to 239 over the past 12 months, is preparing in Perth, while Groth, the world No234, is practising in Adelaide.

Fitzgerald has been forced to pull together the inexperienced squad because of injuries to Hewitt and doubles specialist Paul Hanley.

Given Chile will be spearheaded by recent Olympic silver medallist and last year's Australian Open runner-up Fernando Gonzalez on the home side's favoured clay surface, an Australian victory - which is needed to return the nation to the world group - seems remote.

But the dire predicament has given Fitzgerald licence to gamble and blood Australia's next generation.

"They all play for their spot and we will know at the end of a week's training who is going to have the best chance to beat the opposition," Fitzgerald said.

"If it is a 15-year-old, so be it. If it is not, he won't be playing."

Groth, an outstanding junior, has shown signs this year that he will graduate to senior success with wins over top-100 players Janko Tipsarevic, who pushed Roger Federer to five sets this year, and Dudi Sela.

The Corowa-born Groth, a passionate Swans AFL fan given his parents' friendship with members of Tony Lockett's family, was thrilled to be given the chance to win a Davis Cup spot.

"It is a dream come true," Groth said. "I definitely hope to play, especially given there are four guys who have never played before.

"It is a great opportunity for two of us to represent Australia for the first time."

Groth, who has improved his ranking more than 200 spots in a year, said the recognition would further boost his confidence for the local circuit, which starts with a series of lower-tier event and ends with the Australian Open in January.

aussie_fan
09-04-2008, 05:10 AM
Should of seen Fitzy's face in the press confernece yesterday, he looked like "why the fuck are we bothering?'' That's what i thought anyway.

My problem is that most of them haven't really had any decent senior results apart from ball and groth on the grass. I'm not sold on klein yet, i still go back to that oz open match where he lost to capedville (chile's 3rd player i think) and i'm not sure if he is mentally strong enought to compete at this level. Is he good enough? I think you have got to on both singles and doubles results. Kerr has a ranking outside the top 20, just outside of paul hanley's ranking. Maybe try and give a doubles player who hasn't had a go like to Kerr to get some expreience.

You don't want to be too fast in giving these young blokes an expreience like in chile we are going to get in a couple of weeks, they are just going to get thrashed and most likely lose a lot of confidence out of that thinking they might not be able to compete at that stage. They have got to have the results to back it up.

Ball does have the results, he should be in there, his game might not be suited to clay but who is. Tomic is too young as being a davis cup team member yet, espically again this is an away tie,. Groth has had a couple of solid results but they were on grass and hard. Klein did ok in some very weak indian challengers. I think you are better off giving that experience to a doubles like Kerr, so he can be used as a backup in the future.

I would have Guccione, Kerr, Ball & then take your pick out of Groth and Klein, probably Klein because he's had great junior results. Too early to play luzcak even if we really need him, his loss last night in that challenge rproves it too soon for pete to play the ebst out of 5 matches like this.

zizz
09-04-2008, 07:11 AM
Love this decision by Fitzgerald and co :D

Finally a young team is selected to take us into the next decade. This experience will be invaluable for all of them. To travel to South America to play against Chile on clay will be a phenomenal experience for all of them, even Guccione.

In my honest opinion aussie fan, it would make no difference having either Kerr or Hanley on the team. Even if Hewitt was fully fit and raring to go, it would be almost impossible for us to win. Against Chile, lead by Gonzalez on clay in Chile? That's a big ask even for the super heavyweights of Davis Cup. Whilst Kerr and Hanley's results suggest that they should have been picked, I'm glad they weren't. To sacrifice the spot of one or two of these players for a doubles specialist doesn't make sense IMO.

BTW, don't know why Luczak was included in the squad seeing as he has been injured etc etc. Don't really like that decision, but hopefully Ball, Groth and Klein can prove their mettle and make the team ahead of him

Must say I don't agree. I think an unfit Luczak will still have better chance of beating gonzales and massu than any of the juniors. Come one, Tomic and Klein would not have a chance. Are they great prospects? Yes absolutely. But it is a far step from the junior circuit to the real tour. Klein would probably have more chance but still can't see it being realistic. Have to consider aswell that it is 5 sets on CLAY!!
Luczak deserves to be in the squad. He is still coming back and will go to chile to play for his spot. If he beats all the other guys in practise whilst they are there, why shouldn't they pick him. And he has beaten Gonzalez on CLAY before. But I agree, he has been out for a long time and just played one match since french open (which he lost) but what can you expect. He needs match practise which will he will hopefully get next week in Slovenia.

zizz
09-04-2008, 07:19 AM
Should of seen Fitzy's face in the press confernece yesterday, he looked like "why the fuck are we bothering?'' That's what i thought anyway.

My problem is that most of them haven't really had any decent senior results apart from ball and groth on the grass. I'm not sold on klein yet, i still go back to that oz open match where he lost to capedville (chile's 3rd player i think) and i'm not sure if he is mentally strong enought to compete at this level. Is he good enough? I think you have got to on both singles and doubles results. Kerr has a ranking outside the top 20, just outside of paul hanley's ranking. Maybe try and give a doubles player who hasn't had a go like to Kerr to get some expreience.

You don't want to be too fast in giving these young blokes an expreience like in chile we are going to get in a couple of weeks, they are just going to get thrashed and most likely lose a lot of confidence out of that thinking they might not be able to compete at that stage. They have got to have the results to back it up.

Ball does have the results, he should be in there, his game might not be suited to clay but who is. Tomic is too young as being a davis cup team member yet, espically again this is an away tie,. Groth has had a couple of solid results but they were on grass and hard. Klein did ok in some very weak indian challengers. I think you are better off giving that experience to a doubles like Kerr, so he can be used as a backup in the future.

I would have Guccione, Kerr, Ball & then take your pick out of Groth and Klein, probably Klein because he's had great junior results. Too early to play luzcak even if we really need him, his loss last night in that challenge rproves it too soon for pete to play the ebst out of 5 matches like this.

Totally agree with you. Although it is a good chance Australia may lose this tie, it is wrong to play the young ones just so that they can get the experience. I still think that Australia can win. Maybe Gonzo will be unbeatable, but Massu is not in very good shape (and I doubt they will pick Capdeville) and should be beatable. And Pick Ball and Gooch in the doubles they might have a win there. The rest of the guys will have to play for their spot. But I think it should be Groth and Luczak. For me Klein and Tomic are out. Tomic-- Way too young. And Klein-- Mentally he is not very strong. The abuse they will get over there is going to be unbelievable and too much to take in for them I think.
There is only one guy in that team who will thrive on the surface and with the abuse and that is Luczak. Australias dirt grinder. So I say if he is fit for it, let him play. For the sake of Australia.

Good luck in Chile

Lisbeth
09-04-2008, 10:09 AM
Well all I have to say is good luck to them :)

au_sports_opinion
09-05-2008, 11:51 AM
I don't agree with the mental scar thing that some of you guys are porporting. The whole point of this selection is to turn around the coddle our youngsters mindset that's been in place since I can remember. If anything playing in this atmosphere will help them develop mentally and teach them how to deal with the pressure at the top level. Remember we'll be going in with the mindset that there's nothing to lose so I don't think they will be bagged for a loss.

scotthongkong
09-06-2008, 11:03 AM
Alicia Molik's retirement has hit me hard. I do have a sneaky suspicion that Lleyton's may not be too far behind her. After reading Jason Stoltenberg's concerns in the latest Tennis Mag article I really feel that we may be overtaken and some drastic action needs to be taken. For me I think this is a great idea to throw these kids in at the deep end. If they are to achieve success they need to be blooded at some stage.Let's just hope that Chris Guccione is able to handle the mantle as Aussie Number 1 and encourages these youing ones to succeed.

Audacity
09-06-2008, 01:23 PM
I read an article shortly after Lleyton's surgery, and he stated that he is hoping to play atleast another 2 years.

aussie_fan
09-07-2008, 11:30 AM
I read an article shortly after Lleyton's surgery, and he stated that he is hoping to play atleast another 2 years.

Good to hear, just have to hope that hip holds when he comes back. Hopefully Tomic is starting to make inroads on the seniors circuit or is close to it.

save ausdecline
09-08-2008, 05:23 AM
Basically if we dont fix up Aus tennis in the next 5 years. 'Oi Oi Oi' is gonna be a ghost forum.

jmf07
09-14-2008, 02:39 AM
It will be interesting to see who will play for Australia.

The singles looks like it will be Guccione and Luczak. Luczak's loss to Petrazzuoulo was disappointing although when you consider that Petrazzuolo has since made the final of the challenger, Luczak's 6-7,7-6,7-6 loss doesn't look that bad now. He won't stand a chance against Gonzalez although against Massu or Capdeville he would have a faint hope.

In the doubles you would think they might go with Guccione and Smeets (if he plays) given their fairly good record when they play together. If not it will be a toss up between Groth and Ball.

aussie_fan
09-14-2008, 06:43 AM
In the doubles you would think they might go with Guccione and Smeets (if he plays) given their fairly good record when they play together. If not it will be a toss up between Groth and Ball.

It will be otu of Groth and Ball because they were selected in the team

azza
09-14-2008, 10:03 AM
Ball n Smeets shud play the doubles

scotthongkong
09-14-2008, 02:47 PM
They better fly Nick Lindahl over to join the crew as he just won the tournament in Rockhampton. May as well becuase everyone else is there!

azza
09-18-2008, 02:47 AM
Fitzy wud be dumb not to put guccione n luczak on as the singles players

save ausdecline
09-18-2008, 07:33 AM
It will be interesting to see who will play for Australia.

The singles looks like it will be Guccione and Luczak. Luczak's loss to Petrazzuoulo was disappointing although when you consider that Petrazzuolo has since made the final of the challenger, Luczak's 6-7,7-6,7-6 loss doesn't look that bad now. He won't stand a chance against Gonzalez although against Massu or Capdeville he would have a faint hope.

In the doubles you would think they might go with Guccione and Smeets (if he plays) given their fairly good record when they play together. If not it will be a toss up between Groth and Ball.


And Luczak has really stepped it up on the practice courts of Chile. So it would be the right selection.

eureka
09-18-2008, 08:53 AM
Has Luczak been hitting well? What else has been happening over there? Haven't heard much! I respect Luczacs clay game but he hasn't had much match practise lately. Especially 5 sets. Will be interesting.

arctic penguin
09-24-2008, 09:15 AM
All this talk of the so called "Aussie Tennis Crisis".
Not much is being done to help the young guys when John Fitzgerald decides once again to leave out the potential future of Davis Cup in favour of Peter Luczak who hasn't played since May due to a fractured pelvis that hasn't been tried and tested. Yes the youngsters learn from being there but nothing like getting a boost by being given a go. Look at Carsten Ball. He got a go and look what happened. He was keen to prove, had a new found enthusiasm and delivered. I would have liked to see another show of debutant ability but Fitzgerald played it too safe. Luczak wasn't there in full capacity. Another rookie would have given 500%. Fitzgerald now is happy with a 3-2 loss because he was expected to lose 5 zip. Imagine a 3-2 win. Also what was the point of shipping Smeets half way around the world to sit on the bench. I watched the TV interviews. John Alexander mentioned Klein and Tomic but no mention of Sam Groth who was actually in before Smeets got there.
Next time just name the team at home and take the team. Name the orange boy and take him in that capacity. That way everyone knows why they are there.