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The Everything Davis Cup Thread (News, Articles, Live Scores)

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Hewitt =Legend
03-15-2010, 12:52 PM
I thought I'd start a new thread focused entirely on cheering on Australia back into the world group. They have just chosen Brisbane as the venue for our upcoming tie against Japan and its going to be played on clay! Should be interesting to see how our boys go on the dirt, obviously Luczak will feel right at home but Tomic, Ball, Gooch and co may struggle. I think Lleyton may be fit in time for the tie so the most logical team at this stage would be Hewitt and Luczak in the singles and Ball and Hanley/Gooch for the doubles.

I can't see Japan hurting us to badly especially if Rusty is fit and ready. Nishikori's elbow is still bothering him and if he somehow manages to play he will have no matchplay. Soeda is solid but I don't how he would fare on clay? May give Pete a tough match. Ito is their top ranked player at 201 but he has had a pretty poor start to the year and only just got the job done against the Phillipines, winning his last match in 5 sets. Suzuki is there darkhorse, he can still turn it on when he gets going.

Summing this up, we should progress here rather comfortably either 4-1 or 5-0 i'll predict.

jmf07
03-18-2010, 02:18 AM
Yeah the team will be Hewitt, Luczak, Ball and Guccione/Hanley.

Nishikori does have a win over Looch on clay but it wasn't on the red clay (im assuming that is what they are using) and Looch was struggling at the time with that injury he had. Soeda's last match and only match in the last four years on clay was a 60 61 loss to Lorenzi. Ito just got bundled out in the first round of a futures tournament. Suzuki's from is hard to read. Sugita might be another one who gets a go. Won a challenger last week and won 2 clay futures last year. He lost in straights in a clay challenger to Ignatik this week.

I can't see Japan beating the Aussies. I think it will be extremely difficult for Nishikori to be able to beat Hewitt and Luczak on the clay in best of five set matches after just coming back from injury. And Australia won't be getting beat in the doubles and I don't think Japan's number 2 will pose a threat to Hewitt and Luczak on the clay.

Hewitt =Legend
04-15-2010, 06:10 AM
Woodforde's thoughts about the Davis Cup:

Davis Cup champion Mark Woodforde believes Peter Luczak could fill Lleyton Hewitt's big boots and guide Australia past Japan in next month's qualifying tie in Brisbane.

Hewitt's place as Australia's No.1 singles player for the May 7-9 tie is under a cloud after he pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters this week following his return from hip surgery in Houston.

But former doubles specialist Woodforde doesn't think Australia's hopes would sink with the loss of Hewitt.

He said the left-field decision to convert Pat Rafter Arena into a clay court would ensure world No.76 Luczak was a spearhead.

"The guys would love to have Lleyton there to set them along ... but clay is not his best surface and Peter Luczak does his best work throughout the year on the clay courts," Woodforde said in Brisbane.

"And historically the Japanese are more at home on faster indoor courts and we've gone on a surface that has some favouritism to us.

"Lucz is probably quite an under-rated player full stop.

"Obviously in the past years we've had Rafter, Philippoussis, Hewitt and the Woodies and you associate No.1 in the world with those names.

"Where Lucz is about 70 in the rankings and he's no slouch, Lucz is a quality player and a serious player on the clay courts."

Luczak combined with Carsten Ball, Bernard Tomic and doubles specialist Paul Hanley to sweep aside Chinese-Taipei in the first round of their Asia-Oceania group qualifiers in March.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald has until April 25 to decide on his line-up for the second round, and will also run his eye over Chris Guccione, who comes back from an ankle injury in the United States next week.

Woodforde has followed in the footsteps of his former doubles partner Todd Woodbridge, the senior Davis Cup coach, by becoming Australia's Junior Davis Cup coach this year.

He will take Luke Saville, Jake Schipanski and Jay Andrijic to the qualifying tournament in Malaysia next week with a view for them to defend the nation's title in the finals in Mexico in September.

It's looking increasingly likely that Rusty won't be playing next month so what does everyone think about what are team should be and our chances. Obviously Looch is a gimme so who partners him in the singles, expecting Hewitt's withdrawal.

Tomic - Hasn't impressed on his clay matches this year falling to Lorenzi, Aldi and Becker winning only one set along the way. Still has the Rome challenger next week to impress and can lift when playing in a high atmosphere match.

Ball - Like Tomic, not the favourite surface and hasn't being active for a couple of weeks, don't know if he's injured or not. Has had his typical inconsistent season, don't know if he should get a singles spot but he will definatly play the doubles

Gooch - Unless he wins a lot of matches over the next few weeks he won't play. Lost to possible opponent Soeda 2-6 2-6 this week.

Lindahl - Has been in great form this year and qualified for numerous ATP events, and is in the QF this week in Louisiana. Qualified for Houston which is played on clay before going down to Malisse who ended up beating Isner. Could be a bolter, although hasn't proved himself in a best of 5 format except for defeating Tomic in the wildcard playoff in December.

Jones - Played really well on the challenger circuit the last 12 months and has done well to get his ranking inside the top 200. Still it's the same as Lindahl in not having experienced the 5 set format. Might have to bide his time a little longer.

If I had to choose now I'd say it would be between Tomic and Lindahl. I know Tomic has not played well on clay but I have no doubt he'll lift playing Davis Cup in his own country and I think the selectors will select him if Rusty pulls out. Lindahl should be the next in line though ahead of Ball, Gooch and Jones. Apparently Matosevic has sprained his ankle pretty badly so thats why I didn't include him in discussions.

jmf07
04-17-2010, 12:50 AM
I would have Luczak and Ball playing the doubles if Ball is in form as although he never plays on clay he has won a straight sets Davis Cup rubber against Capdeville in Chile and he did reach the semis of a G1 Junior Tournament on it. Not a lot but it shows you he can survive on it. If Ball is injured or in poor form the second spot could be anyone but if they give it to Tomic with the results he has had on clay it would be idiotic but expected.

Hewitt =Legend
04-21-2010, 07:16 AM
Article from www.tennis.com.au

Davis Cup selection battle heats up

Brisbane,21 April 2010
Tennis Australia

Australia’s male tennis elite are locked into an international selection battle for next month’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie against Japan in Brisbane.

Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Carsten Ball and Nick Lindahl all enjoyed victories overnight, while Peter Luczak lost to a quality opponent and Chris Guccione, Dayne Kelly and Greg Jones will play tonight.

Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge indicated that he and captain John Fitzgerald would be giving their players as much time as they can to prove their form and fitness.

“We will leave it to as late as we can to ensure we select the best team possible for the conditions and the opponent,” Woodbridge explained.

“But I have to say there are some encouraging signs from several guys and the good news for Australian tennis is that we have some very healthy competition for places.”

The team is expected to be announced early next week.

Hewitt is leading the charge in his comeback from hip surgery with the Australian number one enjoying a three set first round win on clay at the Barcelona Open, accounting for Marsel Ilhan from Turkey 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Davis Cup teammate Peter Luczak was a victim of the international air travel shutdown. He endured a 30-hour car trip to get to Barcelona before losing his first round match to talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4) 6-3.

Still on clay and in Europe, Gold Coast teenager Bernard Tomic made the most of his wildcard into an ITF Futures event in Italy, winning his first round against German Holger Fischer 1-6 6-2 6-4.

Carsten Ball played his first match back from illness in a Challenger event on hard court in Florida, defeating highly-fancied American Donald Young 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Nick Lindahl also won his first round at the same event against American Kevin Kim 6-3 3-6 7-6(4).

Jones, Guccione and Kelly will play their first round matches in Florida tonight.

Australia hosts Japan in their Asia/Oceania group one second round Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie 7-9 May on a specially built clay court at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane.

The winner advances to the World Group Playoffs in September.

Play starts at 3pm on Friday 7 May with the gates open from 1.45pm. Play starts 1pm Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening at noon.

Givenchy
04-24-2010, 01:52 AM
Australian No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has been confirmed in the Davis Cup team to play Japan in its Asia–Oceania second-round tie in Brisbane next month.

Fitzgerald and Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge are still deliberating on the remainder of the team, which has to be named by Tuesday.

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=7025

jmf07
04-26-2010, 01:36 PM
Gooch/Ball lost their first round match in Tallahassee. Seems as though Hewitt, Luczak and Ball are certainties with that last doubles spot the only one raising questions. Should they go with Gooch, Hanley or someone else?

jmf07
04-27-2010, 12:49 AM
Japanese Team is Soeda, T.Ito, Sugita and Suzuki

Hewitt =Legend
04-27-2010, 02:21 AM
Here's an article on it:

Japan's hottest tennis prospect, Kei Nishikori, will skip the Davis Cup tie against Australia in Brisbane next month as he has not fully recovered from injury, the national tennis association said Monday.

The 20 year old, who returned to competition in February after an 11-month lay-off, is instead preparing to take part in the French Open around two weeks later.

The Japan Tennis Association, in announcing the squad against Australia, said it had passed over Nishikori as "his recovery is not complete".

Nishikori said on his website last week he would compete in the French Open after two claycourt events in the United States in the coming weeks.

The player, after reaching his personal best 56th spot in the world rankings in February last year, suffered a stress fracture a month later. He underwent surgery in August and resumed training in late October.

The Japan squad against Australia includes Go Soeda, Yuichi Sugita, Tatsuma Ito and Takao Suzuki, whose world rankings are 184th, 200th, 256th and 315th respectively.

Japan beat the Philippines 5-0 in the first round.

Australia's team will be announced on Tuesday with former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt expected to be included.

Australia last met Japan in 1996, winning 4-1 and lead Japan 14-2 in the Davis Cup, having won their past six encounters.

The winners of the May 7–9 Davis Cup Asia–Oceania second-round tie in Brisbane, to be played on a purpose-built clay court, will advance to the World Group promotion/relegation play-offs in September.

Givenchy
04-27-2010, 04:20 AM
Lleyton Hewitt, Peter Luczak, Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley have been named in Australia's #DavisCup team to take on Japan

http://twitter.com/tennisaustralia

Audacity
04-27-2010, 06:00 AM
I think that's a good team they have selected there.

jmf07
04-27-2010, 06:14 AM
I think that's a good team they have selected there.

I agree. Can't really fault it. Good selection.

aussie_fan
04-27-2010, 06:28 AM
Good team but I would still love to know why the hell we are playing this tie enxt week instead of July?

jmf07
04-27-2010, 06:50 AM
Most of the zonal ties are scheduled at the same time so China are also playing Kazakhstan next week. The thing I find strange (and this is what you might be eluding to) is why are Australia and Kazakhstan scheduled to play in a week with ATP tournaments but yet when the the week in July swings around where the ATP has a week off for Davis Cup, AUS and Kazakhstan don't play a tie but the lesser Asian nations (Philippines, Korea, Taiwan and Uzbekistan) have their ties scheduled in this week. Wouldn't it make more sense to play the better teams who have more ATP players in the week with no ATP tournaments and the lesser teams who lost to AUS, KAZ, CHN and JAP on this week where the only players that will be affected by missing a week on the ATP are Lu and Istomin but not even they are regulars on the tour.

Maybe there is a reason but I can't see it.

Hewitt =Legend
04-27-2010, 07:06 AM
Good team, can't see us losing here especially with Nishikori out.

jmf07
04-28-2010, 02:10 AM
Tomic snub as Hewitt returns
Laine Clark From: The Advertiser April 28, 2010 8:44am
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THE return of Lleyton Hewitt to the Australian Davis Cup team has coincided with the dumping of rising teenager Bernard Tomic.

But Australian captain John Fitzgerald said the pair's public spat had nothing to do with team selection for next week's Asia-Oceania second-round tie against Japan in Brisbane.

Tomic, 17, was a glaring omission when Fitzgerald yesterday named his four-man team for the crunch May 7-9 tie on a specially made clay court at Pat Rafter Arena.

After missing the last tie - a 5-0 sweep of Taiwan in Melbourne in March - Hewitt heads the team with Peter Luczak tipped to take up the No. 2 singles spot and teammates Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley contesting the doubles.

Unimpressed by what he thought was a Wimbledon practice court snub, Hewitt caused a stir in January when he deemed Tomic unworthy of Davis Cup selection. He claimed Luczak was more deserving of the second singles spot.



However, Fitzgerald said Tomic's lack of experience on clay was the reason behind his snub and not his past run-in with Hewitt.

Fitzgerald stressed that "all's good" between the pair.

"I hope one day that they can play in a Davis Cup team together," he said.

"But we've only got four players to pick and have to decide who gives us our best chance on clay now."

Asked about the spat that was reportedly only ended following mediation from tennis great Paul McNamee, Fitzgerald said: "Was it a concern? I don't know how to answer that.

"I think it is healthy that they are at a stage where they are now - it's all good."

Tomic made an impressive Davis Cup debut in Melbourne, winning both singles rubbers.

Fitzgerald said he considered Tomic "a big match player" despite his world No. 295 ranking but opted for No. 72 Luczak due to the surface in Brisbane.

"He (Tomic) was in the mix, though we agreed that it is a good time for him to learn his craft on clay in Europe," Fitzgerald said. "I think he (Tomic) is a big match player, but the surface is a major issue."

Despite Fitzgerald's reservations, Tomic won on clay in Italy, defeating Roberto Marcora in straight sets at a Futures event.

The arrival of Hewitt, 29, in Brisbane depends on how far he progresses in Rome - the world No. 32 was due to play ninth seed Mikhail Youzhny in the first round last night.

Meanwhile, Japan received a blow when hot prospect Kei Nishikori opted to focus on getting in shape for the French Open instead of playing in the tie as he eases his way back from injury.

The Japan squad includes Go Soeda, Yuichi Sugita, Tatsuma Ito and Takao Suzuki - whose world rankings are 184th, 200th, 256th and 315th respectively.

The winners of the tie will advance to the World Group playoffs in September.

:rolleyes:

aussie_fan
04-28-2010, 08:54 AM
So many glaring mistakes in that article, like "despite Fitzgerald's reseverations, Tomic won on clay in Italy", woah, he won a futures match, lets give the guy a spot on the team when we have a guy who ahs won manyc hallengers on clay as in Luczak.

Great team for the tie was selected, and that's even better considering of the dumb week this tie is being played. I still just can't make sense of it, can't believe Lleyton hasn't complained about it at all.

Hewitt =Legend
04-29-2010, 01:07 AM
Does anyone know if channel 7 are going to show coverage? Judging on recent history I doubt it but you never know, they may make a good decision for a change.

aussie_fan
04-29-2010, 02:25 AM
Does anyone know if channel 7 are going to show coverage? Judging on recent history I doubt it but you never know, they may make a good decision for a change.

No chance, hopefully there will be a livestream again

Matchu
04-29-2010, 05:52 AM
Channel 7 has a contract that stated they only show ties that are either in world group or world group playoffs, zonal ties never get shown on channel 7. Luckily tennis.com.au will be showing a live stream again so we will get to watch it for free.

I'm going to head up there and watch it hopefully next friday, I'd love to watch Lleyton playing Davis Cup before it's too late. The boys will get the job done though, Nishikori is not playing and Lleyton will really step it up and make sure we get through to the playoff. Would be pretty amazing if we got another home tie for the playoffs, guess Sydney is next for hosting rights.

Givenchy
05-06-2010, 02:45 AM
Hewitt drawn to play Tatsuma Ito in the first singles rubber tomorrow.

Aussies pull a surprise at the #DavisCup draw. Carsten Ball picked for no.2 singles rubber against Yuichi Sugita.

http://twitter.com/tennisaustralia

jmf07
05-06-2010, 03:07 AM
:eek: Ball to play second rubber on clay ahead of Luczak. Must mean Ball is switched on this week. Luczak hasn't been in amazing form but he also hasn't been in horrible form.

Tennis Australia might also be confident of winning the tie and keen to give a guy experience like Tomic against Taiwan or Klein against Thailand but Ball already has DC experience.

aussie_fan
05-06-2010, 03:25 AM
Ball over Luczak, you've got to be kidding me. Luczak must be carrying an injury of some sort.

Givenchy
05-06-2010, 03:32 AM
Here's more from TA website:

Ball takes second singles spot
Brisbane, 06 May 2010
AAP

Big-serving Carsten Ball has surprisingly been given a singles nod ahead of Peter Luczak for Australia's Davis Cup clash with Japan in Brisbane starting on Friday.

The seasoned Luczak, ranked more than 40 places higher than Ball at No.71, had been tipped to join Lleyton Hewitt as the singles players for the Asia-Oceania second round tie on clay at Pat Rafter Arena.

But Australian captain John Fitzgerald unveiled 22-year-old lefthander Ball as his second singles option in a move that clearly surprised the Japanese team.

While Luczak has reportedly been nursing a wrist injury, Fitzgerald said match-ups were the main reason behind his decision.

"We like the match-ups we have and it is time for Carsten to step up and go to the next level," Fitzgerald said.

"This is his first live singles rubber and we think he is ready.

"And Lleyton is leading off which always take more pressure off, but I think it is Carsten's time."

Fitzgerald said Luczak had a "niggle" a few days ago but would be ready to play the reverse singles on Sunday if needed.

The draw conducted on Thursday sees Hewitt begin the tie against Tatsuma Ito on Friday while Ball plays Yuichi Sugita.

Ball has also been chosen to partner Paul Hanley in the doubles against Takao Suzuki and Go Soeda on Saturday.

Davis Cup draw: Australia v Japan, Brisbane

Day 1

Rubber 1
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Tatsuma Ito (JAP)
Rubber 2
Carsten Ball (AUS) v Yuichi Sugita (JAP)

Day 2

Rubber 3
Paul Hanley/Carsten Ball (AUS) v Takao Suzuki/Go Soeda (JAP)

Day 3

Rubber 4
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Yuichi Sugita (JAP)
Rubber 5
Carsten Ball (AUS) v Tatsuma Ito (JAP)

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11499&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=7089

Audacity
05-06-2010, 05:48 AM
Heading up there tomorrow... Was looking forward to seeing Luczak for the first time in person, ah well. Not sure how Ball is on the red turf but apparently this clay is pretty fast and is suited perfectly for Lleyton.

Hewitt =Legend
05-07-2010, 12:42 AM
Pete might be annoyed that he has travelled all the way from Europe, bypassed Munich and now gets snubbed for Ball. Lets see how this plays out....

Hewitt2010
05-07-2010, 07:26 AM
Hewitt has just beaten Ito in the first rubber. The score was 6-3 6-3 6-2, very good got 8 aces. Next up Ball against Sugita he should win in 3 or 4 sets.

Hewitt =Legend
05-07-2010, 07:32 AM
Yeah as expected Rusty comes through in 3 comfortable sets, he did what he had to do. Now comes the interesting match with Ball and Sugita. Carsten should win this but you never know what form he will bring into the match. Let's go Carston and put us up 2-0!

Hewitt2010
05-07-2010, 08:04 AM
If anyone wants to know there is live scoring at this website tournaments.tennis.com.au then go to the Davis Cup tournaments link.

Carsten score is currently 1-2 down first set.

jmf07
05-11-2010, 01:49 AM
Australia has been seeded so we will get one of the following matchups (of course squads could change from their last ties).

Austria – Melzer, Koellerer, Fischer, Knowle – Away
Belgium – O.Rochus, C.Rochus, Malisse, Darcis - Home
Brazil – Bellucci, Daniel, Melo, Soares – Home
Colombia – Falla, Giraldo, Salamanca, Cabal - Lot
Italy – Bolelli, Bracciali, Lorenzi, Starace - Home
Kazakhstan – Golubev, Kukushkin, Schukin, Yessenbekov - Lot
Romania – Hanescu, Tecau, Copil, Ungur - Away
South Africa – De Voest, Klaasen, Moodie, Van Der Merwe – Home

Probably be hoping for Kazakhstan, South Africa or Brazil. Brazil and Italy are good draws as Australia can play them on grass. Australia wouldn't mind drawing Belgium. Romania would be a difficult away draw with Hanescu capable of winning both ties and their doubles team isn’t too bad. Austria would be the one Australia will want to avoid although Colombia could turn into a horror draw if they get the homeground advantage which would most likely be played at very high altitude.

save ausdecline
05-11-2010, 03:40 AM
great insight, i think we are capable of beating any of these teams. im sure that the away advantage wouldn't play much of a role. our players can handle basically any conditions.

Matchu
05-11-2010, 03:47 AM
Australia has been seeded so we will get one of the following matchups (of course squads could change from their last ties).

Austria – Melzer, Koellerer, Fischer, Knowle – Away
Belgium – O.Rochus, C.Rochus, Malisse, Darcis - Home
Brazil – Bellucci, Daniel, Melo, Soares – Home
Colombia – Falla, Giraldo, Salamanca, Cabal - Lot
Italy – Bolelli, Bracciali, Lorenzi, Starace - Home
Kazakhstan – Golubev, Kukushkin, Schukin, Yessenbekov - Lot
Romania – Hanescu, Tecau, Copil, Ungur - Away
South Africa – De Voest, Klaasen, Moodie, Van Der Merwe – Home

Probably be hoping for Kazakhstan, South Africa or Brazil. Brazil and Italy are good draws as Australia can play them on grass. Australia wouldn't mind drawing Belgium. Romania would be a difficult away draw with Hanescu capable of winning both ties and their doubles team isn’t too bad. Austria would be the one Australia will want to avoid although Colombia could turn into a horror draw if they get the homeground advantage which would most likely be played at very high altitude.

It certainly seems as if we have more good draws than bad draws. As long as we don't get Austria or maybe Belgium then I think we will win. If Lleyton doesn't play for some reason almost everyone of these ties is losable.

Hewitt =Legend
05-11-2010, 03:53 AM
South Africa looks like the most advantageous tie to me, although they have a strong doubles combination. Ties to avoid are definitely Romania and Austria and I wouldn't underestimate Belgium either, they still have some class players who can turn it on over a weekend for DC. I just want a home tie in Sydney, it's been to long!

Hewitt2010
05-11-2010, 10:38 AM
Australia is going to play Belgium for the spot back in the world group, im not sure if we decide so good luck hope its in Australia, if its on hardcourt could count in Lindahl or Tomic for that final spot. Good Luck boys hope we win real easily and show that we mean business.

jmf07
05-11-2010, 11:30 AM
Between Hewitt, Luczak and our doubles pairing I would be very surprised if we couldn’t get 3 home wins against Belgium. Hewitt has shown in his previous meetings that he has the measure of the Rochus Brothers and Malisse and the only time he played Darcis he thrashed him at the Aus Open. Will be interesting to see the surface they choose. Belgium look reasonably strong on all. If it were me I would lean towards the Hardcourt. If we go grass Luczak can’t play on it and we are left with Hewitt and Ball and one of them would have to play all three days (could use Tomic but it wouldn’t be worth the risk). If we go clay and Luczak or Hewitt get injured we have no one to turn to. But if we go to Hardcourts, Lleyton should win his two rubbers, the doubles shouldn’t be much of a problem and Luczak will be in with a huge chance of winning his two rubbers. Plus if one of them gets injured there are a number of players who could fill the void.

Hewitt =Legend
05-11-2010, 11:55 AM
Replay of that 07 tie in Belgium where Vliegen played out of his skin to beat Rusty in 5 sets and I think it was Gooch's debut as well and Oli Rochus got over him as well. That tie was on clay and Vliegen has been injured and out of form over the past year and a half so I don't think he will play. I agree we should definitely play on hardcourt, we have more options that way. It will yet again be up to Lleyton to win his 2 ties and then the doubles as well. I don't know if its just me but I think this is a pretty hard tie, at least we got them at home.

Chris-swede
05-11-2010, 11:59 AM
hewitt will win both singles...and the aussies will bring home the doubles

Matchu
05-11-2010, 12:21 PM
Something else very interesting about this tie, Hewitt is currently one win away from tieing the record for the most total wins in Davis Cup for Australia. So it could come down the the fifth rubber with Hewitt playing to break the record, that would be amazing.

Expect this match to be played on Hard in Sydney, Hewitt at home, comfortable, and gives us every possible chance to advance (taking into Hewitt's good record at the Medibank International as well). As for the second singles spot Luczak's spot is a bit up in the air, he has a ridiculous amount of points to defend between now and September so Luczak's ranking could really be anywhere at that point. Perhaps if Tomic can have a good American summer then maybe they will pick him. Either way I expect Australia to win the tie 3-2 with the third day still having live rubbers.

Hewitt =Legend
05-11-2010, 12:27 PM
Something else very interesting about this tie, Hewitt is currently one win away from tieing the record for the most total wins in Davis Cup for Australia. So it could come down the the fifth rubber with Hewitt playing to break the record, that would be amazing.

Expect this match to be played on Hard in Sydney, Hewitt at home, comfortable, and gives us every possible chance to advance (taking into Hewitt's good record at the Medibank International as well). As for the second singles spot Luczak's spot is a bit up in the air, he has a ridiculous amount of points to defend between now and September so Luczak's ranking could really be anywhere at that point. Perhaps if Tomic can have a good American summer then maybe they will pick him. Either way I expect Australia to win the tie 3-2 with the third day still having live rubbers.

I don't think they will pick Pete, they have never showed that much faith in him at this level and for this tie maybe they would be right in that. Gooch, Ball or Tomic will be the 2nd player in my opinion and I reckon it will come down to a live 4th rubber with Hewitt securing it for us. I'd love for it to be played in Sydney.

jmf07
05-11-2010, 01:18 PM
I don't think they will pick Pete, they have never showed that much faith in him at this level and for this tie maybe they would be right in that. Gooch, Ball or Tomic will be the 2nd player in my opinion

I think it would be a good bet that the thought of playing Ball with his huge kick serve would be firmly in the mind of Fitzy when your facing a team with the Rochus brothers and Darcis.

aussie_fan
05-11-2010, 01:24 PM
Silly to predicting who gets the 2nd singles spot now, there's so much tennis to be played, and so much tennis for Lleyton to get injured again. It's a winnable tie for us but boy does Lleyton ened to be fit and raring to go. Tie should be on hard, no advantage putting it on grass or clay so just stick with the hard stuff.

Audacity
05-12-2010, 03:37 AM
Well grass is by far Lleyton best surface in my opinion. I'm positive he would win both of his singles rubbers if they opted for grass. I still don't know how good Ball or Luczak are on grass, but I would definitely give Ball the benifit of the doubt on hard court. They most certainly won't play on clay as the last time these two teams met, Belgium won on a very slow indoor clay court. I don't really trust Guccione at this level as he is very erratic and I don't think Tomic has enough experience at the moment to select him. However, there is alot of tennis to be played before then and obviously you have to look at who is in the best form at the time of the tie and obviously there is the chance of one or more of our guys suffering from an injury.

jmf07
05-13-2010, 08:14 AM
http://news.theage.com.au/breaking-news-sport/aussies-eye-grass-court-in-davis-cup-20100512-uwju.html

Aussies eye grass court in Davis Cup
DARREN WALTON
May 12, 2010
AAP

Just like the glory days, Australia will likely opt for a grass court for their Davis Cup World Group playoff against Belgium.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald breathed a huge sigh of relief after finally receiving some luck in the draw for the September playoffs, getting the home court advantage rather than another dreaded assignment in Europe or South America.

Fitzgerald's team will be striving to return to the elite 16-nation World Group for the first time since 2007 when, ironically, Belgium upset Australia 3-2 in their first-round tie in Liege.

Fitzgerald said while revenge wouldn't be Australia's motivation, he vowed to make life as difficult as possible for Belgium, who used a slow indoor claycourt surface for the two countries' most recent encounter.

"I'm not a vindictive guy but I'm pleased that we're at home. It's going to make a good deal of difference," Fitzgerald told AAP.

"I don't think we'll play on clay. I would think it would be either hard court or probably grass.

"But we don't have to make that decision for quite a while, so we're going to go through the grasscourt season, see what they play like on it, see what our guys play like on it and make an educated decision.

"There's no rush."

Australia whitewashed Japan 5-0 on a portable clay court in Brisbane last weekend, but Fitzgerald said choosing from surfaces that Lleyton Hewitt had won his two grand slam titles on would be wiser against European opposition.

Like Australia with Hewitt and Peter Luczak, Belgium only have two players in the world's top 100 - 58th-ranked Olivier Rochus and No.80 Xavier Malisse.

Fitzgerald welcomed Australia's change of fortune at the draw ceremony in London.

His team had to contend with Novak Djokovic-led Serbia in Belgrade and then Fernando Gonzalez-inspired Chile on the red dirt of South America for their two most recent World Group playoffs.

Last year, Australia - 28 times Davis Cup champions - boycotted a scheduled playoff in India because of security concerns.

"It's certainly nice to have one at home," Fitzgerald said.

"We thought we were due for one, so it's a bit of a result for us.

"There's no guarantees, but at least we've got a winnable match that we'll prepare for and on our surface and at least it's in our own back yard.

"It's going to make a big difference."

In the other World Group playoffs, Columbia will host the top-seeded United States, Austria visit Israel, Sweden are home to Italy, India entertain Brazil, Switzerland travel to Kazakhstan, Ecuador host Romania and South Africa venture to Germany.

The playoffs will take place from September 17-19, the weekend after the US Open final.

aussie_fan
05-13-2010, 12:59 PM
I don't see an advantage by going on grass to be honest.

Hewitt2010
05-14-2010, 12:41 AM
Hopefully Chris Guccione is going to be in better form for the tie but seriously can't see him being picked. Obviously if its on clay Tomic wont be picked and Luczak will. On grass Tomic should be picked over Luczak and Ball will get in on any surface.

Also they should keep Hanley in for the dubs, good luck boys.

jmf07
05-14-2010, 01:19 AM
I don't see an advantage by going on grass to be honest.

Neither do I. At least they have the grasscourt season to see how we go on it but it seems like an unnecessary risk. Olivier Rochus made the semis of Halle last year and Malisse is a former Wimbledon Semi Finalist so there are two Belgians that excel on it. Luczak won't be selected for a grasscourt tie which leaves Ball who only won 1 of 4 matches at junior level on the grass. Gooch is a question mark. Tomic may have some good results on it in juniors but he only beat Brzezicki and Bogomolov at senior level on it. If Hewitt gets injured Australia will be big favourites to get knocked out. If Hewitt got injured, Australia would have the depth in the squad to still have a strong hope of beating the Belgians on hard.

Givenchy
07-02-2010, 05:07 AM
Davis Cup tennis heading to Cairns

Melbourne,02 July 2010
Tennis Australia

Australia will host Belgium in Cairns for a place in the World Group of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

Queensland Minister for Sport Phil Reeves, Cairns Mayor Val Schier and Tennis Australia Major Events boss Steve Ayles were on site this morning jointly announcing the North Queensland city had won the right to host the World Group Play-off tie from 17 to 19 September.

“Cairns has outperformed all other bids and put in a very impressive submission,” Ayles told local media.

“We go through a long list of criteria before deciding on a venue for an event as important as a Davis Cup tie. In the end we make a collective decision on what will be the best for the team and for tennis,” he said.

Ayles explained that when considering the various bids some of the factors taken into account include what the event can do for the sport in that region, the standard of facilities, surface, general playing and training conditions, team preference, climate, community interest, accommodation, broadcast requirements and commercial viability.

Speaking from Wimbledon where he has been working with the Australian players, Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald reminded that Davis Cup was a unique competition and a very special brand of incredibly competitive tennis.

“The players put it all on the line for their country. Cairns will get the chance to see some world-class tennis,” Fitzgerald said.

Queensland Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said the tie would be the first international Davis Cup tie to be played at the Cairns Regional Tennis Centre, which has recently benefited from an almost $2 million State Government funded facilities upgrade.

“This is a great coup for the Cairns region and definitive proof that international tennis is on the rise in Queensland,” Mr Reeves said.

“The Bligh Government is thrilled to bring an international event to a regional centre, complementing our extensive regional sporting, arts and cultural events program throughout the state.

Cairns Mayor Val Schier welcomed the decision.

“It is great for the community to get such a prestigious international event,” she said. “This will be a terrific opportunity for the kids to see their idols in action.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale in August.

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=7361

Givenchy
09-05-2010, 10:05 PM
Doubles specialist Paul Hanley has won the last spot in Australia's Davis Cup team to face Belgium in this month's World Group playoff in Cairns.

Hanley has edged out Chris Guccione to join Lleyton Hewitt, Peter Luczak and Carsten Ball in the four-man team for the hardcourt tie from September 17-19.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald and coach Todd Woodbridge agonised over the final make-up of their line-up before opting for Hanley after he reached the US Open doubles quarter-finals with Swedish partner Simon Aspelin.

Hanley also gives Australia flexibility in selection, having teamed successfully with Hewitt several times before in Davis Cup and also winning a rubber with Ball this year against Taiwan.

"We know that Paul's very adaptable with anybody and the doubles facet is going to be really important here," Woodbridge told AAP on Sunday.

"He and Lleyton played in the tie we played against Belgium in Belgium (in 2007) and played a very good match and, although we lost the tie, won against Olivier Rochus and Kristof Vliegen.

"So we feel like psychologically Paul comes into this match really strong.

"He will come in with some confidence too. He's in the quarters here minimum and, if he can win another one, that's even better. And even more would be great.

"So he's the form Australian player of the whole tournament at the moment. That's a key element for anybody. I'm sure all our guys would have liked more matches here."

Guccione and Ball lost their first-round doubles match at Flushing Meadows 6-3 7-6 (7-4) against accomplished French pair Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra.

Guccione is yet to his his straps after eight months out with a torn Achilles tendon.

"I've been really happy with the effort he's put in," Woodbridge said.

"I asked him to do everything possible to get ready here. Unfortunately he needed another couple of matches to be picked.

"There's also the fact he's getting married next weekend and wouldn't have arrived back into Cairns until the Wednesday (before the Friday start).

"So it would have been a big call and potentially a dangerous call to get him as ready as you would have liked to get him ready for a tie like that.

"He understood that perfectly."

Woodbridge said Luczak and Ball were still fighting to win Australia's second singles spot behind Hewitt.

Melbourne's world No.167 Marinko Matosevic will join the squad as a hitting partner, while Wimbledon junior runner-up Benjamin Mitchell is the designated "orange boy".

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=7576

Givenchy
09-16-2010, 03:12 AM
Lleyton Hewitt and Carsten Ball have been named to play singles for Australia against Belgium on Friday.

Lleyton Hewitt plays Belgian No.2 Steve Darcis tomorrow and Carsten Ball takes on their No.1 Olivier Rochus

Hewitt and Hanley will play Rochus and Darcis in Saturday's crucial doubles rubber

http://twitter.com/tennisaustralia

Audacity
09-16-2010, 04:00 AM
Good luck guys.

RustyOz
09-16-2010, 11:02 PM
Good Luck to the Aussie team. Go Lleyton... Go Ball...

emotion
09-17-2010, 02:11 AM
3 set pts saved vs Bemelmans

*7-6 (4) 0-0 30-0

Audacity
09-17-2010, 05:06 AM
Hewitt won 7-6 7-5 2-6 6-4. :)

Huntress555
09-17-2010, 09:09 AM
Good stuff by Lleyton!

Ball kept the sets pretty close but Rochus was too consistent. I thought Ball might have pushed it to at least 4 as he was starting to show some good signs at the end of the 3rd, but not to be.

Huntress555
09-18-2010, 07:46 AM
Lleyton and Paul had an easy doubles victory.
6-1 6-2 6-4

Aus now up 2-1. :)

Audacity
09-18-2010, 07:58 AM
Good stuff. Lleyton should (fingers crossed) seal the deal tomorrow against Rochus.

Björki
09-18-2010, 08:28 AM
daviscup.org

Hanley/Hewitt edge Australia ahead

The Australian Davis Cup team has two things to celebrate after the second day of its World Group play-off tie against Belgium. The hosts have taken a 2-1 advantage at the Cairns International Tennis Centre, after Lleyton Hewitt and Paul Hanley posted an easy 61 62 64 win over Olivier Rochus and Ruben Bemelmans. The win also gave Hewitt the kudos of becoming the most successful Davis Cup player in Australian history, by recording his 44th win in the competition.

It means Hewitt and Rochus will have all to play for in the battle of the No. 1s on Sunday. The last time the Aussies lost a tie when leading 2-1 going into the final day was all the way back in 1998, in a first round tie against Zimbabwe. That’s a 12-year record they would like to keep intact this weekend.

Hewitt and Hanley came into the doubles rubber with a 4-1 record together in Davis Cup, and Hanley certainly confirmed to captain John Fitzgerald that he’d made the right decision in selecting him for the team ahead of Chris Guccione. The 32-year-old was seamless throughout the match, unsurprising given his credentials – 23 doubles titles, a run to this month’s US Open quarterfinals and an undefeated record on hard court in Davis Cup.

“Experience is confidence,” explained Hanley. “When you’ve played big matches in front of big crowds that certainly helps.”

In contrast, it was a first-time partnership for the Belgians, and with Darcis still injured, a last-minute blend of Rochus’s long-term doubles expertise at both Davis Cup and Grand Slam level, and a young player who had never played doubles at tour-level before. The disconnection showed.

Australia raced through the first set 6-1, breaking both the Rochus and Bemelmans serve. The Belgians seemed a bit unsettled from the outset and when light drizzle hit the stadium 13 minutes into the match, their reluctance to play in the slippery conditions, and their opponents eagerness to keep going, was almost ominous.

Hewitt and Hanley needed even less time to secure the second set, breaking in the first and seventh games to close out the set 62 in just 24 minutes. Bemelmans appeared sluggish compared to his demeanour on Friday, his slow reactions at the net highlighting his lack of doubles experience.

A half an hour rain delay in the final set with the Belgians leading 2-1 applied a glimmer of hope for the visitors to regroup. The Aussies broke just once in the sixth game due to some frustrating errors from Bemelmans, and the pair couldn’t quite close out the match on their first match point at 5-4 40-30 after Rochus came up with a huge serve out wide. But it was Hewitt who served out victory, much to his partner’s surprise.

“He didn’t even know we’d won,” laughed Hewitt after the match.

It was a result captain Reginald Willems expected. “Yes they played a great doubles, great serve, great return. We knew it was difficult today. Even with Steve I don’t think we would have won it.”

Belgium has a big task tomorrow in needing to win both singles matches in order to win the tie. Hewitt may have won all three previous meetings against the diminutive Rochus but it’s their last that is the most significant – a five-setter in Davis Cup back in 2007, in the tie that bundled Australia out of the World Group.

“You’ve got to start again when you go head-to-head with someone,” says Fitzgerald. “We’ve a lot of respect for Oli, he’s a wonderful player.”

Hewitt =Legend
09-19-2010, 11:57 PM
Anyone know where we can watch todays play? Looks like channel 7 arn't showing it (surprise surprise)

Really is a joke they can't even put it on 7two, this is a new low for them.

Huntress555
09-20-2010, 02:25 AM
^Agreed. I am so annoyed there is NOWHERE to watch it. There is a stupid midday movie on Ch7, surely they can do without that and show Davis Cup!

Hewitt =Legend
09-20-2010, 05:09 AM
Pete goes down to Rochus in 4.

Up to Ball now. Still can't believe no network in Australia can pick this up :rolleyes:

Huntress555
09-20-2010, 05:17 AM
Good fight by Looch.

Cmon Carsten. Wonder how he's feeling right now! Its all up to him, then again, its the same for their last player too.

Hewitt =Legend
09-20-2010, 07:11 AM
Carsten is a set and a break down, its not looking good here.

Can't believe this is happening. Cmon mate, don't give up.

Chris-swede
09-20-2010, 07:24 AM
Go on STEVE!!!

Chris-swede
09-20-2010, 07:46 AM
go go steve

Chris-swede
09-20-2010, 08:15 AM
got it!!!

BELGIUM!!! :worship::):worship:

Huntress555
09-20-2010, 08:33 AM
:sad:

Good efforts by Looch and Carsten who both had chances in their matches, but just wasnt enough.
Sucks for Aus that Lleyton got injured. Oh and all those rain delays sent me insane. Should play where this is a roof ;):p

Daniel.
09-20-2010, 11:03 PM
A full strength Australian team loses at the hands of Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis. Thats just sad.

Audacity
09-21-2010, 03:30 AM
What happened to Lleyton? This is unreal.

Huntress555
09-21-2010, 06:19 AM
A full strength Australian team loses at the hands of Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis. Thats just sad.

Wasnt exactly full strength after Lleyton got injured. I really think Lleyton would have defeated Rochus and Aus would have won the tie.

Audacity
09-21-2010, 07:53 AM
When did Lleyton get injured, was it the doubles match? I missed that. I am so cut we lost.

Hewitt =Legend
09-21-2010, 10:12 AM
Yeah mate it was in the doubles. Injured his hand and it looks like he will be out for 3 weeks so he will miss Kuala Lumpar and possibly Shanghai as well.

I'm shattered as well, it was all going so smoothly. But I guess if we have to rely on one man we don't deserve to be there.

Givenchy
10-20-2010, 05:13 AM
Rafter new Davis Cup captain

Former world No.1 Pat Rafter is Australia’s new Davis Cup captain.

Rafter replaces current captain John Fitzgerald, who has announced his retirement from the role after 10 years at the helm.

World-renowned coach and Australian tennis legend Tony Roche will also return to the Davis Cup team as Davis Cup coach.

Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis Craig Tiley announced the changes today, proclaiming a historic new era in the sport.

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=7787

RustyOz
10-20-2010, 09:41 PM
What happens to Woodbridge? Is he still in charge of the Davis Cup Development Squad?

Consigliere
06-28-2011, 12:59 PM
adam peacock on fox sports just said the team for china is

Matosevic, Hewitt, Tomic, Luczak and Guccione

thoughts?

Luczak a strange one for me

Ausie
06-28-2011, 01:16 PM
adam peacock on fox sports just said the team for china is

Matosevic, Hewitt, Tomic, Luczak and Guccione

thoughts?

Luczak a strange one for me
singles Hewitt, Tomic, probably Hewitt/Luczak double, Matosevic probably will not play, Guccione maybe will play Sunday

Consigliere
06-28-2011, 01:25 PM
yeh maybe, gooch in doubles looch dead rubber would make more sense though.

Ausie
06-28-2011, 01:28 PM
yeh maybe, gooch in doubles looch dead rubber would make more sense though.
doubles Hewitt/Luczak played more, probably next year they will play together at the Olympics Games

Chris.
06-28-2011, 01:44 PM
Should have been Matty Ebden instead on Luczak. Do they play next Friday to Sunday?

Ausie
06-28-2011, 01:57 PM
Should have been Matty Ebden instead on Luczak. Do they play next Friday to Sunday?
yes, 8-10 july

Ausie
06-28-2011, 04:36 PM
CHINA, P.R. v AUSTRALIA
Venue: Beijing International Tennis Center
Location: Beijing, China, P.R.
Surface: Indoor hard


China, P.R.

Ze Zhang
Di Wu
Mao-Xin Gong
Zhe Li

Shao-Xuan Zeng (captain)

Australia

Lleyton Hewitt
Bernard Tomic
Chris Guccione
Marinko Matosevic or Peter Luczak

Patrick Rafter (captain)

Ausie
07-04-2011, 07:05 AM
Beijing blog: a new era takes shape

Three green hard courts, side by side. Indoors.

Green courts on reddish surrounds. Beautifully cleaned. All playing lowish and fast.

Over on the far side is the legendary Tony Roche. He’s constantly dipping into a box of Australian Open Wilson balls, feeding them rapid fire as he whips a pair of old mates in Chris Guccione and Peter Luczak through their paces. Occasionally he will stop for a quick word but then it is straight back into it. Feed, whack, whack, volley, volley, move, move, feed again…

In the middle on the match court is a very familiar face. Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt mustering his trademark intensity as he puts to the test a young Melburnian who the great John Newcombe has tipped could become a top 40 player. Marinko Matosevic brings a joy and a robustness to his play that is easy to like. It is an absorbing contest. Neither is holding back.

And on the third court, two Queensland youngsters have just arrived. Straight off the plane they are warming up and clearing away a few of the cobwebs. Bernard Tomic and Ben Mitchell appear relaxed, albeit a tad tired having just come in from London, but very much at ease in this environment.

Walking in between all three courts, pausing to observe, offer a word or two of advice or consult with Roche or other team staff… another very familiar face. There are no signs of any of the burden of his new job. Indeed former world number one and team captain Pat Rafter looks very much at ease.

Welcome to Beijing and yep, this is Australian Davis Cup circa 2011. A new era in a long and illustrious history. An era blending the old and the new. A nice mix of proven and potential, both on court and alongside it.

All of this has been coming for some months now. But now it is set against the backdrop of Tomic’s stunning Wimbledon run to the quarterfinals and the historic junior boys’ and girls’ Grand Slam title wins of Luke Saville and Ash Barty.

There has been much discussion within the team about the success of the youngsters and, one senses, more than a hint of pride.

For the extremely attentive Australian tennis fans of late there have been a few telltale signs of some progress.

Mitchell won a Futures title in Spain a couple of weeks ago, James Duckworth made another final last week and won two Futures titles in the last two months, Matt Reid won a Futures on the weekend. Saville also made the Australian Open junior final earlier in the year. All critical progressive steps for the next wave of young talent.

As Saville noted after his Wimbledon success: “I think we have a good environment in Australian tennis right now.”

Now the focus turns to a humid indoor venue in downtown Beijing … the venue from which Rafter, Roche and Co. hope to begin their nation’s Davis Cup resurrection against a feisty group of highly competitive but largely unheralded Chinese players.

So while there is a little bit of momentum, this next step on the weekend is bordering on critical.

But casting a glance across the frenetic activity at the Beijing International Tennis Center this afternoon, one senses that the right people are in place both on court and sitting alongside it, to give this proud tennis nation the very best chance of taking it.

Ausie
07-05-2011, 08:08 AM
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Hewitt =Legend
07-05-2011, 08:41 AM
Thanks for the photos Ausie, like to see the smiles in the last one :)

Consigliere
07-05-2011, 09:19 AM
looks like i might have been right, looch out gooch doubles?

Ausie
07-05-2011, 09:28 AM
looks like i might have been right, looch out gooch doubles?
probably doubles Gooch/Hewitt

Dmitry Verdasco
07-05-2011, 12:40 PM
DEAD @ Tomic in the centre :rolls: :hysteric:

Lley Lley's looking old :tears:

Ausie
07-05-2011, 03:48 PM
Rafter seeks advice from super coaches

New Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has consulted legendary coaches Leigh Matthews and Wayne Bennett on how to foster a strong team environment heading into this week's Asia/Oceania tie against China in Beijing.

And the earlier signs of team harmony are strong, with Rafter reporting Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt are getting on well despite their strained relationship in the past.

While he was part of several Davis Cup campaigns as a player, Rafter said he wanted to tap into the knowledge of hugely successful rugby league coach Bennett and VFL/AFL premiership winning player-coach Matthews.

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"I've spoken to Wayne Bennett and Leigh Matthews on trying to create that good team environment," Rafter told AAP on the phone from China.

"One thing I took out of that was we've got a team bus, where everyone gets on the bus together and everyone is talking, yapping away, telling stories.

"It's a really fun environment.

"Having Rochey (coach Tony Roche) back has been really good."

Rafter said one thing he has adopted from Bennett is banning mobile phones around the courts.

He is encouraged by the way team veteran Hewitt and rising youngster Tomic are getting on after their much-publicised differences.

"Obviously that was something we were concerned about when we came into it, but they have been fantastic," Rafter said.

"They've been getting along really well and that's been important."

Tomic's run to the Wimbledon quarter-finals boosts his ranking to 71, the best of any Australian male.

Injury-plagued Hewitt's plummeted to 173, making him only the fourth highest-ranked Australian.

Rafter took a diplomatic path when asked if Tomic was ready to take Hewitt's long-term position of Australia's No.1 Davis Cup singles player.

"Lleyton is our leader. He's been doing it for a long time. He knows what it's like to play in Davis Cup, but Bernard is our new man. He's our number one player," Rafter said.

"They are the two senior players right now. I don't look at them as one and two as such. They are pretty equal when it comes to that.

"Lleyton's ranking doesn't reflect his competitiveness and where he should be. He's had illnesses and injuries, so don't read too much into that.

"Bernard will probably come into his own in the middle of next year. I think he'll start peaking by that time."

He said the pair are pencilled in for the singles spots, although Hewitt's foot will be monitored and Tomic still has the cold he caught in London.

Rafter expects both men to play, but said 141st-ranked Marinko Matosevic is still in the singles mix, while Hewitt and and Chris Guccione are his preferred doubles team.

Ausie
07-06-2011, 02:00 PM
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Ausie
07-07-2011, 07:28 AM
Tomic and Matosevic to lead Davis Cup charge

In a surprising twist on Davis Cup eve, Australia named Marinko Matosevic and Bernard Tomic in its two singles berths, holding back Lleyton Hewitt for doubles.

“Lleyton was obviously having problems during Wimbledon with his foot,” Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter explained. “He’s okay but we want to make sure he’s right for the doubles. He’s got a big season ahead of him through America as well, the hard court season. We are hoping he keeps his body right for the rest of the year.”

Australia and China square off tomorrow in the first day of this Asia Oceania Group One second round tie of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. The winner earns a berth in the World Group Playoff in September.

Matosevic will open proceedings at the Beijing International Tennis Centre against the talented young Chinese number two Wu Di.

“Marinko has been training very hard and we’ve got a lot of confidence that Marinko can do the job tomorrow,” was Rafter’s assessment.

The 25-year-old will become the 101st Australian to play Davis Cup.

“I feel very honoured and privileged and grateful to Pat and Tony and Lleyton for giving me the chance to play,” Matosevic said. “I found out (I was playing) last night after dinner and I was speechless for a few moments.”

The Melburnian beat Wu Di in Caloundra earlier this year and is confident he can do well.

“I have been practising well and I had an okay Wimbledon where I qualified so I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow,” he said.

Bernard Tomic will play 21-year-old Zhang Ze in the second of the singles matches tomorrow.

Hewitt and Chris Guccione will meet Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe in Saturday’s doubles with the reverse singles played on Sunday.

Chris.
07-07-2011, 12:53 PM
Glad Matosevic is getting a go they really dont need Lleyton to play singles.

Ausie
07-07-2011, 01:59 PM
Glad Matosevic is getting a go they really dont need Lleyton to play singles.
yes. Lleyton important to be healthy all the way to start US Open series

Ausie
07-07-2011, 02:21 PM
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Ausie
07-07-2011, 02:31 PM
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Cindy19
07-07-2011, 02:47 PM
Will go and cheer for them tomorrow! Go Aussie!

Hewitt =Legend
07-07-2011, 02:47 PM
Good opportunity for MM.. well deserved, hope he goes well out there. Wu will lift so I'm expecting a tough game here. Bernie shouldn't have any troubles.

Hewitt =Legend
07-07-2011, 02:48 PM
Will go and cheer for them tomorrow! Go Aussie!

At least we'll have one fanatic in the crowd ;)

Cindy19
07-07-2011, 02:49 PM
probably doubles Gooch/Hewitt

I saw Paul Hanley's name on the list, but now seems he is not coming :(

Dmitry Verdasco
07-08-2011, 03:24 AM
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:drool::drool::drool:

Dund
07-08-2011, 04:31 AM
Is this televised?

Ausie
07-08-2011, 05:34 AM
Mato:sad:

Ausie
07-08-2011, 05:58 AM
Mato lost 6-4 3-6 6-3 4-6 4-6

Hewitt =Legend
07-08-2011, 06:14 AM
Tough one for MM... this would have boosted the confidence big time.. this will replayed in his head all night long me thinks..

Bernie, this is your time to step it up now... must win match, can't afford the letdown factor to kick in.

Ausie
07-08-2011, 07:01 AM
I think Lleyton on Sunday to replace Mato

Ausie
07-08-2011, 07:02 AM
"I was just very nervous out there and I made too many unforced errors.," says Marinko Matosevic of his five set loss to Di Wu.

"I think I have just got to learn to cope with the moment better in a high intensity environment like Davis Cup." - Matosevic

Dund
07-08-2011, 07:22 AM
Is this televised?
Hello?

Chris.
07-08-2011, 09:23 AM
Anyone got a link to live scores last i saw Tomic was 6-3 5-7 4-2 up?

Ausie
07-08-2011, 09:31 AM
Anyone got a link to live scores last i saw Tomic was 6-3 5-7 4-2 up?
6-3 5-7 6-4 4-3 and serve Bernard

Ausie
07-08-2011, 09:44 AM
game, set and match Bernard 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-4

Ausie
07-08-2011, 09:56 AM
Jarka_Tennis Jarmila Gajdosova

TennisAustralia well done!keep it going boys!:)

Ausie
07-08-2011, 10:02 AM
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Ausie
07-08-2011, 12:05 PM
"It was a very good learning experience for me and a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be." - Bernard Tomic on his DC win in China

And Pat Rafter: "If I knew it was going to be this tough I wouldn't have taken the job." Aus levels with China

Pat Rafter says Lleyton Hewitt could possibly play the reverse singles on Sunday, depending on how he goes in Sat doubles

Dmitry Verdasco
07-08-2011, 12:10 PM
Mato will play singles again :lol:

Chris.
07-08-2011, 01:18 PM
If it is 2-2 all then Hewitt will play singles.

Ausie
07-08-2011, 01:19 PM
Mato will play singles again :lol:
no;)

Ausie
07-08-2011, 01:28 PM
If it is 2-2 all then Hewitt will play singles.
mato declared on 4 match, Rafter will not take risks and wait for five R, I'm sure Mato will be replaced by Lleyton

Ausie
07-08-2011, 01:35 PM
http://c0013854.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/x2_70ada66

Ausie
07-09-2011, 05:55 AM
Gooch and Hewitt at training. Stay tuned for doubles Aus v China

http://c0013854.cdn1.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com/x2_70ec002

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Ausie
07-09-2011, 07:42 AM
Hew/Gooch 6-4 6-4 0-1 and serve Ausies

Ausie
07-09-2011, 09:06 AM
Hew/Gooch 6-4 6-4 6-4

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Chris.
07-09-2011, 09:19 AM
Hewitt/Gooch :worship:

Ausie
07-09-2011, 09:33 AM
Australian Davis Cup captain Patrick Rafter said he would wait until Sunday morning to see if Hewitt’s foot was able to carry him into the second reverse singles.

Chris.
07-10-2011, 08:19 AM
Hewitt gave us a 3-1 lead with a 6-1 6-2 4-6 7-6 win. Havent heard Tomics score yet.

Cindy19
07-10-2011, 01:21 PM
I watched whole matchs in Beijing, have to say China team played so good. will upload the pictures later, need to resize them :) Good winning Aussie!

Cindy19
07-10-2011, 01:23 PM
http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/reuters/20110708/03/3816662614-08072011033714.jpg

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Wondering, why he hasnt a thread here?!

Cindy19
07-10-2011, 01:27 PM
At least we'll have one fanatic in the crowd ;)

There was a team from Australia cheering for the boys, but they were too quite during the match. I am sorry for Mato, He looked so upset after the game. I like him indeed :p

Audacity
07-13-2011, 09:38 AM
http://www.daviscup.com/en/news/articles/draw-made-for-world-group-play-offs-(1).aspx

The draw for the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs, which will take place the same weekend as the World Group semifinals on 16-18 September, was held today at the International Tennis Federation’s headquarters in London.
The winning nations in the World Group play-offs qualify for the 2012 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zonal Group I competitions in 2012.
Seedings for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, which measures a nation’s success over the last four years of the competition and is published following every World Group round.
World Group Play-offs Draw

Romania v CZECH REPUBLIC
RUSSIA* v Brazil
ISRAEL* v Canada
South Africa* v CROATIA
CHILE v Italy
Japan v INDIA
Belgium v AUSTRIA
Australia v SWITZERLAND

Nations with choice of ground are listed first.

Audacity
07-13-2011, 09:39 AM
Here's hoping Federer doesn't play. :unsure:

Consigliere
07-13-2011, 10:05 AM
if fed wasnt here then itd be smart to put it on grass. but i guess we wont know if hes coming or not at the time of choosing the surface.

Hewitt =Legend
07-13-2011, 10:39 PM
Should put it on grass in any case, have to play to our strengths and not worry about them...

Cindy19
07-22-2011, 03:20 AM
pix from BJ DC, enjoy.

Cindy19
07-22-2011, 03:30 AM
the pictures are resized, if you want any high quality ones, just let me know :) btw, some of the players are posting in their own thread =)

Givenchy
08-06-2011, 12:07 AM
Australia will play its crucial Davis Cup World Group playoff against Switzerland on the grass courts of the Royal Sydney Golf Club in September.

http://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/australia-will-play-its-davis-cup-world-group-playoff-against-switzerland-at-royal-sydney-golf-club/story-e6frf4mu-1226109628327

Hewitt =Legend
08-06-2011, 12:41 PM
Fuck yeah so goin, will cheer on the boys... lets do this shit!!!

Ausie
08-24-2011, 10:25 AM
Patrick Rafter September 6 named team of the match play off with Switzerland. I think: Hewitt, Tomic, Guccione and Mato or Ebden.

Asadinator
08-24-2011, 10:55 AM
if fed wasnt here then itd be smart to put it on grass. but i guess we wont know if hes coming or not at the time of choosing the surface.

Who cares about Fed, he'll thrash us on any surface.

Audacity
08-24-2011, 01:11 PM
Patrick Rafter September 6 named team of the match play off with Switzerland. I think: Hewitt, Tomic, Guccione and Mato or Ebden.

I hope Ebden is chosen. Been in pretty good doubles form aswell. But, it will probably be Matosevic.

Ausie
08-24-2011, 06:35 PM
I hope Ebden is chosen. Been in pretty good doubles form aswell. But, it will probably be Matosevic.
with the view that the wild card was given Matosevic, and not Ebden, i think that should not be Ebden in team.

Audacity
08-25-2011, 09:58 AM
with the view that the wild card was given Matosevic, and not Ebden, i think that should not be Ebden in team.

My thoughts aswell.

Ausie
09-05-2011, 10:05 AM
#Switzerland's #DavisCup team for play-off against #Australia confirmed: Federer, Wawrinka, Bohli, Chiudinelli. Our team will be announcement tomorrow.

Chris.
09-05-2011, 11:06 AM
Fuck....

Ausie
09-05-2011, 11:42 AM
Fuck....
we win;)

Audacity
09-05-2011, 01:35 PM
Too easy man :cool:

Asadinator
09-05-2011, 04:40 PM
Bohli and Chiudinelli might cause a few problems, Federer who?

RustyOz
09-05-2011, 10:34 PM
How is Marinko's ankle?
Has he recovered from the US Open injury yet?

Ausie
09-06-2011, 07:33 AM
Hewitt and Tomic to spearhead Davis Cup charge

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic will spearhead Australia’s challenge against a powerful Swiss team in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie on the grass courts of the Royal Sydney Golf Club next week.

The Australians also named big serving Melbourne left-hander Chris Guccione and talented Victorian Marinko Matosevic in their four-man team to do battle against a Swiss team comprising Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli and Marco Chiudinelli under the captaincy of Severin Luthi.

Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter is confident Hewitt will be fit and said they (he and coach Tony Roche) had chosen the team based on form, fitness and the surface.

“Lleyton missed the US Open and has arrived in Sydney nice and early to get the best possible preparation. He is a fighter and I am confident he will get his body right for the tie,” Rafter said.

“Obviously there is a watching brief on Marinko and his ankle. If he doesn’t come up we will make a late change. But we want to give him every opportunity to prove his fitness.”

Matosevic was first to withdraw from his first-round match at the US Open when he injured his ankle in the first set. The Australians have added West Australian Matt Ebden to the squad on standby and he will be in Sydney training with the team.

Popular veteran Peter Luczak is also in the squad as a hitting partner as is the designated “orange boy” (junior hitting partner) former world number one junior Jason Kubler.

“We want to get them on the grass, in front of our home crowd and fight like hell to win this tie. All of our guys have been picked because they play well on grass. We are the underdogs but we don’t mind that at all. This is a very determined bunch of guys,” Rafter said.

Audacity
09-06-2011, 09:50 AM
Poor Ebden. Good luck boys.

aussie_fan
09-08-2011, 04:22 AM
waiting on Matosevic is a bit insulting to Ebden, he's arguably a more valuable player than Matosevic anyway.

Daniel.
09-08-2011, 12:28 PM
I'm so shocked Federer is going to travel so far down to Australia at this time of year.
Hopefully the rain delays in New York will keep him there long enough to decide to pull out of Davis Cup. We'd take down a Wawrinka-only Swiss team!

Daniel.
09-08-2011, 12:31 PM
Also, historically we would always be a guarenteed doubles winner every tie (mainly due to Woodbridge). Look how sad our doubles line-ups are these days! Paul Hanley should be in the tie at least to give us some credibility. What will our doubles team be? Guccione/Hewitt? Like Hewitt hasn't got enough on his plate trying to be fit for singles. Guccione/Matosevic? Please, get your shit together Pat!

Chris.
09-08-2011, 11:39 PM
waiting on Matosevic is a bit insulting to Ebden, he's arguably a more valuable player than Matosevic anyway.

This. :worship:

Ausie
09-09-2011, 10:55 AM
Lleyton Hewitt fit for Davis Cup tie

LLEYTON Hewitt continues to make strong progress towards regaining fitness and form for next week's Davis Cup showdown with Switzerland in Sydney.

But there are concerns more rain at the US Open may scuttle Roger Federer's hopes of appearing for the Swiss team.

Australian captain Pat Rafter said last night Hewitt had been impressive on the Royal Sydney Golf Club grasscourts, having experimented with softer shoes to help overcome chronic foot soreness.

Rafter was confident the most successful player in Australian Davis Cup history would be fit for next Friday's start of the tie.

"He's going really well, actually," he said.

Rafter said Marinko Matosevic (ankle) continued to strive for fitness, while Australia's top-ranked player, Bernard Tomic, was building toward a strong performance.

ogre
09-10-2011, 01:09 PM
So now Australia winning a Davis Cup tie comes down to how well.....Djokovic plays?

ogre
09-10-2011, 11:13 PM
Djokovic sinks Australia Davis cup hopes!

By preventing Federer from reaching the final Monday, Djokovic has make Australia's Davis cup hopes a blow. Had Federer reached the US Open final on Monday evening (Tuesday Australian time), it would have then presented Federer scheduling problems to be present at the Davis cup.
Federer would have needed to catch a flight departing Tuesday morning for the 20 hour plus journey that crosses the date line and arrives in Australia Thursday. With one day to adjust to a 10hour time zone change if Federer did make the trip it would be difficult for him to be at his peak, particularly on the Friday.

Ausie
09-11-2011, 08:00 AM
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Ausie
09-11-2011, 08:38 AM
Chris Guccione

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Lleyton Hewitt

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Consigliere
09-11-2011, 09:09 AM
the top pic is obviously kubler

Ausie
09-11-2011, 10:28 AM
the top pic is obviously kublerI don't know, it was written that Chris. Can simply look Kubler for Chris.

Ausie
09-11-2011, 03:33 PM
US Open defeat no guarantee Roger Federer will show up at Sydney Davis Cup fixture

ROGER Federer has refused to guarantee that he will line up for Switzerland in this week's Davis Cup World Group qualifier at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

After being eliminated from the US Open in a thrilling five-set semi final against Novak Djokovic, Federer said his recovery would dictate whether he can tackle the long trip Down Under and relative short turn around.

But he told Swiss reporters that he still wanted to take part because he was close to other players on the national team that arrived in Australia on Friday.

Federer's US Open defeat is a blessing in disguise for the Swiss, because it gives him an additional two days to recover.

Had he won and made the final he would have arrived in Sydney on the eve of the first rubber - at the very earliest. The tight schedule and long distance provoked a complaint from Federer last week, with the World No. 3 expressing his disappointment the tie wasn't held in Switzerland.

Australia have receive a boost, with Lleyton Hewitt appearing certain to fulfill his duties after overcoming his foot injury.

However, Federer promised he'll be hungry for success at January's Australian Open after his eight-year streak of winning at least one grand slam a season was snapped.

"Definitely I've had better seasons, but then again you can't play every season identical," said Federer after squandering a two sets to love lead to lose 6-7 (9-7) 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals.

From 2003 through 2010, Federer won at least one grand slam.

Ausie
09-12-2011, 07:29 AM
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Ausie
09-12-2011, 08:56 AM
Aussies aim to take down Wawrinka: Rafter

Davis Cup tennis captain Pat Rafter says Australia must take down Stanislas Wawrinka in order to counter the Federer factor in this week's Davis Cup World Group tennis play-off against Switzerland.

The winner, on grass at Royal Sydney Golf Club starting on Friday, will be promoted to the World Group for next year.

Tennis Australia officials expect Swiss No.1 Roger Federer to participate after losing his US Open semi-final to Novak Djokovic.

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Rafter expects the former world No.1 to be fired up.

"Yes, he's not coming down here to stuff around, he wants to win," Rafter told reporters at Royal Sydney on Monday.

"It's a long way to come, as he said earlier in the week, and obviously he's coming in very late, so he's here to win.

"That obviously puts us under a lot more pressure. He's obviously one of the greatest grass-courters of all time but we're looking at trying to take down Wawrinka."

Rafter said Australia was always likely to struggle against Federer on any surface and he hoped the home side could win the two singles matches against Wawrinka and the doubles.

While opting to play on grass against a team including six-times Wimbledon champion Federer would appear a gamble, Rafter stressed the choice of surface had more to do with Wawrinka, Switzerland's No.2.

Ranked 14th in the world, Wawrinka has a 9-13 career record on grass and a 1-2 record this year.

The two losses both came against players ranked over 100 places lower than the right-hander.

"We have to look at what's our best chance of winning this Davis Cup tie and obviously playing Federer on any surface is not great," Rafter said.

"So we look at what is Wawrinka's worst surface and he does not like grass.

"If we've got any chance of beating these guys we have to take down Wawrinka."

Rafter was pleased with the hitting of team stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, who missed the US Open through injury.

"He said to me about three days ago it's the first time he hasn't felt his toe in a long time, so if he could play on grass every week of the year, he'd be a very happy boy," Rafter said.

Conversely, Australia's highest ranked player Bernard Tomic looked listless in his practice hit with Hewitt on Monday.

"That's Bernie isn't it? He's all over the shop sometimes," Rafter said.

"It's one thing we're working on all the time with him, is pick his attitude up, pick his game up."

Rafter described the court as beautiful, though he said it would like it a little firmer.

He revealed Matthew Ebden was pressing Marinko Matosevic for the last place in the team alongside Hewitt, Tomic and Chris Guccione.

Ausie
09-13-2011, 06:04 AM
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Ausie
09-13-2011, 08:16 AM
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ogre
09-14-2011, 02:48 AM
Well, Federer has arrived in Australia. Now it seems it is more Wawrinka who is in doubt?
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/federer-jets-in-to-sydney-for-davis-cup-tie-20110914-1k8p2.html

Can either Tomic or Hewitt take a match from Federer on grass? Hewitt last beat Federer on grass in June 2010 so if the flight takes any edge of Federer it could be possible.

Ausie
09-14-2011, 07:37 AM
Bernard Tomic & Matt Ebden teamed up in this morning's #daviscup practice versus Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione

http://p.twimg.com/AZQ76v-CAAAZV5n.jpg:large

Ausie
09-14-2011, 07:52 AM
Australian Davis Cup team practice

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Ausie
09-14-2011, 06:46 PM
I think it should be replaced in the draw for Tomic-Guccione, whatever was the number one Lleyton and Wawrinka to play with at first, and with Federer on Sunday, and 5 rubber match to replace Guccione for Tomic, I think it will be best.

Asadinator
09-14-2011, 11:45 PM
I think it should be replaced in the draw for Tomic-Guccione, whatever was the number one Lleyton and Wawrinka to play with at first, and with Federer on Sunday, and 5 rubber match to replace Guccione for Tomic, I think it will be best.

G00ch to play a singles match over Tomic? :confused:

Hewitt and Tomic for all singles, Hewitt/G00ch for doubles.

Rae777
09-15-2011, 12:39 AM
Tomic Wawrinka first match followed by Hewitt Federer

Asadinator
09-15-2011, 12:46 AM
1st match will decide whether we lose or stay alive for the moment. We have to beat Wawrinka twice.

Ausie
09-15-2011, 07:28 AM
G00ch to play a singles match over Tomic? :confused:
Hewitt and Tomic for all singles, Hewitt/G00ch for doubles.
yes. I just wrote my thoughts, as I would have done.

Ausie
09-15-2011, 07:34 AM
Ebden replace Matosevic

Ausie
09-15-2011, 07:59 AM
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Ausie
09-15-2011, 08:00 AM
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Ausie
09-15-2011, 08:44 AM
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bad gambler
09-15-2011, 11:37 AM
Tomic can beat Wawrinka. Should be a good match

Going to head down to watch the 2 singles matches tomorrow

Ausie
09-15-2011, 01:01 PM
The full draw is listed below:

Friday

http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/41423/41423_HeadShot.jpg&width=54R1:Bernard Tomic (AUS) v http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64337/64337_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/44108/44108_HeadShot.jpg&width=54R2: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64336/64336_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Roger Federer (SUI)

Saturday

R3: http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/44108/44108_HeadShot.jpg&width=54http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/35571/35571_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Hewitt/Guccione(AUS)http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64336/64336_HeadShot.jpg&width=54http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64337/64337_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Federer / Wawrinka (SUI)

Sunday

R4: http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/41423/41423_HeadShot.jpg&width=54 Bernard Tomic (AUS) v http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64336/64336_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Roger Federer (SUI)
R5: http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/44108/44108_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/64337/64337_HeadShot.jpg&width=54Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)

Ausie
09-15-2011, 07:09 PM
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Ausie
09-16-2011, 03:44 AM
Berniiiieeeee 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-3:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::cheerleader::rocker2:

Ausie
09-16-2011, 05:02 AM
Lleyton win 1st set 7-5:)c'mon Rusty:rocker2:

Ausie
09-16-2011, 07:18 AM
lost 7-5 6-7 2-6 3-6 but after injury or injury, played well.

Audacity
09-16-2011, 08:48 AM
Yeah he played well, you know Lleyton is going to give it 110% in Davis Cup. Hopefully he recovers well and we can snatch the doubles. Gooch apparently has back troubles at the moment but he should be okay.

Asadinator
09-16-2011, 01:16 PM
Doubles will decide it. And I think we should win this, G00ch will be much better than Stan.

Ausie
09-16-2011, 04:49 PM
Doubles will decide it. And I think we should win this, G00ch will be much better than Stan.
there are rumors that Guccione minor injury, if so then will replace Bernie, but we hope that all is well with Guccione.

Audacity
09-17-2011, 05:10 AM
We win doubles 2-6 6-4 6-2 7-6 :woohoo:

Hewitt =Legend
09-17-2011, 05:31 AM
Tremendous victory played on pure adrenaline and heart.

Bernie can come out swinging tomorrow and hopefully Rusty pulls up alright for the 5th rubber.

Ausie
09-17-2011, 05:40 AM
Tremendous victory played on pure adrenaline and heart.

Bernie can come out swinging tomorrow and hopefully Rusty pulls up alright for the 5th rubber.
a big victory from Lleyton and Chris, I think tomorrow at Bernie will have a chance, it all depends on how he uses it.

lucian_iasi
09-17-2011, 06:07 AM
Hewitt/Guccione :worship::worship::worship:

bad gambler
09-17-2011, 06:21 AM
Aussies well positioned to get back to the main group now. It will come down the Hewitt to get it done against Wawrinka

Chris.
09-17-2011, 06:26 AM
Fucking great win! Now come on Tomic get us pack to the world group!

Ausie
09-17-2011, 07:40 AM
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/2d/fullj.8802dddbdecb831e21355d1e85e141e3/8802dddbdecb831e21355d1e85e141e3-getty-505841702.jpg

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http://resources2.news.com.au/images/2011/09/17/1226139/826430-lleyton-hewitt.jpg

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guichard
09-17-2011, 01:37 PM
Did Hewitt hug tomic after the doubles ?

Ausie
09-17-2011, 02:47 PM
Did Hewitt hug tomic after the doubles ?yes, quite warm, they embraced, they have no personal problems, all is well.

guichard
09-17-2011, 03:33 PM
do you have a picture or vid?

Audacity
09-17-2011, 04:09 PM
Good pictures, thanks.

Asadinator
09-17-2011, 11:13 PM
yes, quite warm, they embraced, they have no personal problems, all is well.

But after 1st day I heard reports that all is still not well going by their post match interviews.

Anyways this whole thing is stupid, they only both feel this way because of a stupid incident, they don't actually hate each other, there is no reason to.

Ausie
09-18-2011, 04:59 AM
But after 1st day I heard reports that all is still not well going by their post match interviews.

Anyways this whole thing is stupid, they only both feel this way because of a stupid incident, they don't actually hate each other, there is no reason to.
not very important, in Davis Cup they should be team , and what attitude they have on the tour, I was not particularly interested. The attitude they have improved, but of course they are not friends.

petar_pan
09-18-2011, 07:29 AM
any stream for llyeton? thanks in advance

Ausie
09-18-2011, 07:57 AM
curse Davis Cup. Lleyton really for those suffering this year did not deserve this crappy win?:sad:

Ausie
09-18-2011, 08:49 AM
Lleyton probably have a problem with him ​​hip yet :sad:

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/b1/fullj.a8186a070b13094a16effa5625ee70ff/a8186a070b13094a16effa5625ee70ff-getty-505872083.jpg

Ausie
09-21-2011, 12:09 PM
1st Rnd China, P.R. v Australia (s)(c). In Australia:)

Hewitt =Legend
09-21-2011, 02:19 PM
And here we go again :)

Asadinator
09-22-2011, 02:44 AM
:mad:

Ausie
10-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Bernard is likely before the end of the year will be in the top 30, I think Lleyton is necessary to refuse to play for the national team, do what I did Federer his career, he needs to focus on their health and performance in the tournament. At least until the autumn I hope he will not play in Davis Cup.

Ausie
10-12-2011, 08:55 AM
Champions race for Ausies:

36.Bernard Tomic - 950
94.Matthew Ebden - 536
164.Lleyton Hewitt - 265
177.Greg Jones - 244
180.Marinko Matosevic - 240
240.Peter Luczak - 173
244.Chris Guccione - 169

Ausie
10-18-2011, 08:08 AM
Ausies ATP LIVE RANKINGS

43.Bernard Tomic - 965
77.Matthew Ebden - 652
186.Lleyton Hewitt - 265
190.Greg Jones - 257
192.Marinko Matosevic - 255
242.Chris Guccione - 198
250.Peter Luczak - 194
253.James Lemke - 188
269.Benjamin Mitchell - 179
278.James Duckworth - 170
364.Brydan Klein - 113
368.Carsten Ball - 111

Champion Race

37.Bernard Tomic - 950
77.Matthew Ebden - 626
166.Lleyton Hewitt - 265
181.Greg Jones - 244
184.Marinko Matosevic - 240
245.Peter Luczak - 173
249.Chris Guccione - 169
264.James Duckworth - 158
267.Benjamin Mitchell - 157
273.James Lemke - 154
296.Matt Reid - 133

Asadinator
10-18-2011, 08:35 AM
It's Aussie not Ausie

Can someone explain the difference between live rankings and champion race?

Ausie
10-18-2011, 08:39 AM
It's Aussie not Ausie

Can someone explain the difference between live rankings and champion race?
ok.;)champion race after the tournament in Paris, will be the official ranking.

Asadinator
10-18-2011, 09:56 AM
So its only counting points from 2011?

Ausie
10-18-2011, 10:38 AM
So its only counting points from 2011?yes.

RustyOz
10-18-2011, 09:44 PM
The Champions race points tally starts from zero, either at the beginning of the year, or from after the Year End Top 8 tournament, and is used to determine who plays in that tournament (the best 8 performers of that calendar year).
The rankings is a rolling year-by-year tally of points which is used to determine tournamnt entry and seedings generally throughout the year.
I think that is what the difference is...

ogre
10-18-2011, 11:31 PM
Bernard is likely before the end of the year will be in the top 30, I think Lleyton is necessary to refuse to play for the national team, do what I did Federer his career, he needs to focus on their health and performance in the tournament. At least until the autumn I hope he will not play in Davis Cup.

On ranking alone, Lleyton needs wild cards, or he back to playing in the challenger series which makes no sense. As a former #1 he can get wild cards, but eventually they get less frequent too. A depp run at the Australian open will fix the problem, but if it does not happen Davis Cup is likely to be the main goal Lleyton can focus on.
I do not see him electing to not play in Davis Cup. Even if he retires from all else (hope not!).

Ausie
10-19-2011, 06:35 AM
On ranking alone, Lleyton needs wild cards, or he back to playing in the challenger series which makes no sense. As a former #1 he can get wild cards, but eventually they get less frequent too. A depp run at the Australian open will fix the problem, but if it does not happen Davis Cup is likely to be the main goal Lleyton can focus on.
I do not see him electing to not play in Davis Cup. Even if he retires from all else (hope not!).
with a press conference at Wimbledon

Q. Your ranking is obviously going to take a knock after this. Are you up for qualifying, the hard sort of grind of trying to get back into the main draws?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably not, no. But my ranking, for me, it's not an issue. I'll get wild cards into a certain amount of tournaments that I'll want to play anyway.

As I've always said, your ranking takes care of itself. Once you're actually in the tournament, if I can play at that level consistently, then my ranking's the furthest thing from my mind.

Davis Cup last 5 years, only harms his health, so I want that to fully concentrate on his health and playing in tournaments, and let them play until September young Tomic and Ebden.

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 07:26 AM
Hewitt is finished, too many injuries. He might have a good run at a small tournament somewhere but who cares anymore? He should do something worthwhile, like Davis Cup.

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 07:31 AM
and let them play until September young Tomic and Ebden.

No offense to Ebden, but he just had a lucky run and into a small stage in his career where he has hit form. If we want to get into WG, we need Hewitt.

Ausie
10-19-2011, 08:00 AM
No offense to Ebden, but he just had a lucky run and into a small stage in his career where he has hit form. If we want to get into WG, we need Hewitt.that is, without Hewitt is not possible to cope with a feeble team of China? then this problem is Australia, this match with China hinders the participation of Lleyton in San Jose, where this year he had a quarter-final.

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 08:05 AM
that is, without Hewitt is not possible to cope with a feeble command of China? then this problem is Australia, this match with China hinders the participation of Lleyton in San Jose, where this year he had a quarter-final.

Who cares about San Jose? Lleyton shouldn't, unless he wants to play tennis for money.

Ausie
10-19-2011, 08:21 AM
Who cares about San Jose? Lleyton shouldn't, unless he wants to play tennis for money.I'll tell you he anything to anyone does not should. While others ignored the performances for his country, Federer and his ilk, he is not looking at the injuries he fought for his country, he not should to anyone.

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 08:46 AM
I'll tell you he anything to anyone does not should. While others ignored the performances for his country, Federer and his ilk, he is not looking at the injuries he fought for his country, he not should to anyone.

If Hewitt is so frail, it makes no difference. He's finished anyway, so might as well make his last days count.

Ausie
10-19-2011, 10:34 AM
If Hewitt is so frail, it makes no difference. He's finished anyway, so might as well make his last days count.Who told you that he finished?

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 10:37 AM
Who told you that he finished?

His ranking :)

Ausie
10-19-2011, 10:52 AM
His ranking :)
and that, he was due to injuries missed almost the entire year

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 10:55 AM
and that, he was due to injuries missed almost the entire year

I know, he can't get rid of his injuries anymore, his body can't take the load of his athletic game.

Ausie
10-19-2011, 11:00 AM
I know, he can't get rid of his injuries anymore, his body can't take the load of his athletic game.if when you were a fan of his, should know that this year the injuries he had not, he is an old problem toe, and now he heals her, he promised next year to play week to week. Then we shall see what will happen to him.

ogre
10-19-2011, 11:06 AM
But unless he gets a deep run at the Aussie open, he can't play week to week. He does not have the entry to tournaments.

Asadinator
10-19-2011, 11:08 AM
But unless he gets a deep run at the Aussie open, he can't play week to week. He does not have the entry to tournaments.

He can still get WCs right?

Anyway even if he could, playing week to week is very unlikely given his physical condition.

Chris.
10-19-2011, 11:10 AM
LLeyton Hewitt thread...

Ausie
11-15-2011, 05:08 PM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/tennis/adelaide-in-the-running-to-host-davis-cup-tie-against-china/story-e6frecvc-1226196094724

Adelaide in the running to host Davis Cup tie against China

AUSTRALIAN Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has supported Adelaide's bid to host the season-opening tie against China in February.

Tennis SA has held talks with Tennis Australia about the tie on grass at Memorial Drive from February 10-12. The bid to regain world group status would be a homecoming for Lleyton Hewitt.

"(It would be) really well received," Rafter said yesterday.

"They love their tennis in Adelaide. There are two other venues that are keen as well and Tennis Australia are now looking at the venues to see the conditions of the grass courts and the facilities.

"I am sure Lleyton would love to play back in Adelaide and there has always been a great crowd for Davis Cup in the past and I wish them well in their pursuit."

Perth, Albury-Wodonga and regional Victorian centres Shepparton and Mildura are also believed to be in contention but TA would not confirm.

TA events director Steve Ayles would not comment on Adelaide's chances. "All venues submitted to Tennis Australia are being assessed," Ayles said.

A decision will not be made until mid-December but Adelaide may also be in the running to host a tie in April.

If successful, Tennis SA will have to either roll grass over centre court at Memorial Drive or improve the surface and infrastructure on the 14 grass courts adjacent to Montefiore Rd.

Rafter said he requests the surface but not the venue.

"I just say `guys this is the surface we want' and it's grass," said Rafter, who will play in the World Tennis Challenge in January. "I think we're a very good grass court nation still and we'll be looking to try to make good use of the home court advantage."

Tennis SA chief executive Alistair MacDonald said he would explore all options to make Adelaide's bid as strong as possible.

"We've put the feelers out to be considered and we believe we're in a good position," he said. "We could build stands on the existing grass courts or put grass on centre court which may or may not be possible.

MacDonald said another option was to take the tie to regional SA including the Riverland.

Adelaide last hosted a Davis Cup tie against Sweden in 2004.

MacDonald said it would be special for Adelaide tennis fans to see former US Open and Wimbledon champion Hewitt on home soil.

"It's not the primary reason you'd have it (tie) here but certainly for people to have the opportunity to see Lleyton they'd love it," MacDonald said.

"Just to say thankyou for his contribution and there's no better format that Lleyton's better at than Davis Cup."

Hewitt could not be contacted for comment.

Rafter hasn't forecast any major changes to Australia's side - which lost to Switzerland in Sydney in September - for the next 12-18 months.

"I think we need to develop the players we've got and hopefully they'll become better in the next few years.

"It's a 5-10 year thing in my book.

"What I've said to the guys throughout the last few months that we were together has been said, I don't need to reiterate any more.

"Every player has certain things they need to work on and now I've been given full rein from Tennis Australia and with that comes responsibility and I'm happy to take that on."

Ausie
12-07-2011, 06:35 AM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/top-players-commit-to-cup-campaign/story-e6frfgao-1226216107865

Top players commit to cup campaign

LLEYTON Hewitt and Bernard Tomic will spearhead Australia's 2012 Davis Cup campaign when it starts in Geelong in early February.

Davis Cup manager Todd Woodbridge said all our top-ranked players had committed to try to win promotion to the elite 16-nations World Group for the 2013 competition.

While Hewitt, Tomic, Matt Ebden and doubles specialist Chris Guccione will form the basis of the squad, Woodbridge said Cup captain Patrick Rafter was encouraging the emerging younger players to keep pushing for selection.

"Everybody has put their hand up,"" Woodbriodge said.

"Pat (Rafter) has done a very good job of driving that team culture, particularly among the younger group.

"The (Jason), Kubler, (Ben) Mitchell, (James) Duckworth group. And Luke Saville (Wimbledon boys champion) ... they're all itching to get into the team.''

The team must win a second tie against either Korea or Chinese Taipei to then earn the right to contest a relegation tie in September to try to earn promotion to the 2013 World Group.

Woodbridge said Geelong's grass courts would be a traditional hard and fast surface to face China, whose No.1 player impressed when Australia won comfortably in a similar zonal tie on a hardcourt in Beijing in July.

"One of their players plays quite well on it," he said.
"He's an aggressive player and he pushed Lleyton to four sets in Beijing. He will play solidly on grass, but the rest of the team will have little experience on it.

"I went down to visit the site and it's a traditional grass court. It's not a laser-level, billiard table, it has got subtleties about it.

"It's a court that will suit our guys quite well in that Lleyton can play on any grass court because his footwork is so good at picking up balls.

"Bernard's game will suit it very well. And it will be ideal for someone with a serve like Gooch (Guccione).

"It's similar to a Roehampton (Wimbledon qualifying event) and Aorangi Park (Wimbledon practice courts). We've got a lot of experience out on those courts.''

Ausie
01-26-2012, 07:24 AM
http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/xyx-tennis/matthew-ebden-named-in-australias-davis-cup-squad-for-geelong-tie/story-e6frg273-1226254573608

The Australian @DavisCup team has been announced by captain Pat Rafter: Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Matt Ebden & Chris Guccione

Rafter named Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt, Matthew Ebden and Chris Guccione for the February 10-12 tie, which is the first step towards Australia getting back into the world group.

Hewitt told Rafter his injured toe would allow him to get through the Davis Cup tie, but his fitness will be monitored in the lead-up.

Rafter launched a withering broadside at Tomic after Australia's Davis Cup loss against Switzerland last year, but says much has changed.

''I was very critical of him last year. I find it hard to bite my tongue sometimes. Hopefully that sank in subconsciously as well,'' Rafter said.

''He wasn't in the right headspace but he has really impressed me over this summer and he's going to be a very, very good player.

''We had a little issue over there in Sydney, and he probably wasn't at that maturity level back then. We had plenty of conversations during that Davis Cup, to me he had a really poor performance in the US Open as well, and then I wanted him to train hard and he was just struggling with life then, and I caught him at a weak moment and I was pretty tough on him.''

Rafter said Hewitt and Guccione were a potential doubles combination, with Ebden coming off a strong Australian Open and the country's second-ranked male with an ATP ranking of 94.

Australian juniors Blake Mott and Nick Kyrgios will act as waterboys for the tie, rounding out a six-man team.

Ausie
02-02-2012, 09:07 AM
Australia

Bernard Tomic
Matthew Ebden
Lleyton Hewitt
Chris Guccione

Capitan: Pat Rafter

China

Ze Zhang
Di Wu
Ya-Han Ma
Zhe Li

Capitan: Shao-Xuan Zeng

Ausie
02-06-2012, 07:51 AM
Great opportunity for Blake Mott hitting with his idol Lleyton Hewitt as #DavisCup orange boy

http://a.yfrog.com/img815/4359/2pqxr.jpg

Lleyton Hewitt & Bernard Tomic test out centre court in Geelong for #DavisCup tie v China

http://a.yfrog.com/img610/2328/up3up.jpg

Ausie
02-06-2012, 07:53 AM
Back on the practice court and Lleyton and Gooch pair up for doubles

http://a.yfrog.com/img616/4632/564ji.jpg

Ausie
02-06-2012, 09:07 AM
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Ausie
02-06-2012, 09:08 AM
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save ausdecline
02-06-2012, 09:36 AM
thanks for the pics.

Ausie
02-07-2012, 06:53 AM
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Ausie
02-07-2012, 06:54 AM
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Ausie
02-07-2012, 06:55 AM
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Ausie
02-07-2012, 06:56 AM
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Ausie
02-07-2012, 07:07 AM
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Asadinator
02-07-2012, 11:17 AM
I laughed at Rafter saying Tomic in doubles too :spit: But tbh Tomic was better than Ebden when they played together last year.

Ausie
02-07-2012, 06:36 PM
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/we-can-give-davis-cup-shake-says-hewitt/story-fnbe6xeb-1226265163807

We can give Davis Cup shake, says Lleyton Hewitt

AUSTRALIA'S greatest Davis Cup player Lleyton Hewitt yesterday declared the nation boasted the stocks to again challenge for the sport's most prestigious team event.

But the issue remains that while Bernard Tomic and Hewitt form a formidable singles combination, particularly on grass, and Chris Guccione a more-than-handy doubles partner for the latter, Australia must win its way from the Davis Cup depths to challenge in coming years.

It is eight years since Hewitt, who will join Todd Woodbridge as Australia's longest-serving player when he competes in his 32nd tie against China in the provincial setting of Geelong next weekend, helped the nation to its last Davis Cup by beating Spain in Melbourne on grass.

While the last time Australia was actually in a position to challenge for the cup was in 2007, both Hewitt and Australia captain Pat Rafter are confident that will change in the next 12 to 24 months.

"There is no doubt in my mind that the last three, four or five years, we have really belonged in the World Group," Hewitt said.

"The playoff matches that we have had to get back into the World Group have been brutal and that was the telling factor.

"Obviously with the team we have and getting a few home ties, I think we could do some damage in the World Group. We have just got to get back in it."

Rafter, who missed Australia's Davis Cup triumph in 1999 through injury and was retired by 2003, said the squad had shown when it pushed the Roger Federer-led Switzerland in Sydney at their most recent outing just how competitive it is.

"They were so close against Switzerland. They brought their best team out and the boys did great and I think Switzerland will be the team to beat this year, especially if Roger plays every tie. So the guys aren't far off," Rafter said.

"We are taking this very seriously. This year is about trying to get back into the World Group and then seeing how they go. I think this is a fantastic team. It is getting better and better."

That Australia is an improved squad this year is mirrored by the likely non-selection of Matt Ebden for a live rubber. The West Australian reached the quarter-finals of a Masters Series event in Shanghai last October, an effort that in recent years would almost have assured him of the reverse singles spot, given he is the nation's second-ranked player.

Yet the efforts of Tomic and Hewitt in reaching the second week of the Australian Open ensure that duo will line up against a likely Chinese pairing of Zhang Ze and Wu Di in the singles on Friday.

"Lleyton will play singles," Rafter said.

"Matty's ready. He's ready to rock'n'roll . . . but Lleyton's ranking is no reflection of how he's hitting the ball. To me, he's back in the top 20 in terms of how he's hitting the ball. He's our player."

While this weekend marks the first step in a process Australia hopes will end in a place in the World Group next year, it is another important step on the comeback trail for Hewitt, 31.

He has the most wins (47) and most singles victories (37) for Australia but struggled in the past two seasons to play matches and tournaments on a regular basis due to injuries -- before reaching the fourth round in Melbourne.

"My record on grass, going from the French Open into Queen's and Halle in the past has been exceptional, so I feel like I'm moving and hitting the ball really well."

Ausie
02-08-2012, 07:28 AM
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Ausie
02-08-2012, 08:32 AM
Pat Rafter:)

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Ausie
02-08-2012, 12:20 PM
DAY 1 - Friday: AUS v CHN from 11 a.m.
1st Rubber: HEWITT v ZHANG
2nd Rubber: TOMIC v WU

Ausie
02-09-2012, 09:08 AM
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Ausie
02-09-2012, 09:15 AM
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