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ae wowww
12-14-2004, 03:43 PM
A place for SA Tennis supporters!

Kristen
12-17-2004, 06:49 AM
I'm not South African, but I have dated a couple of them. They're quite sweet natured and good looking :yeah:

As for tennis players, I was a Wayne fan, and there are a couple of Zimbabwean players I like (close to being Seth Efricken?) :) de Jager is a pretty good sort http://www.jldejager.co.za/

WaynesWorld
12-17-2004, 12:26 PM
Well, as you´ve probably seen already, Wayne is/was my absolute favorite!!!! :worship: But I also like Marcos Ondruska, David Adams and Robbie Koenig. The other ones I haven´t really met yet, so I can´t say anything about them.

ae wowww
12-23-2004, 10:29 AM
Yeah, all the ones I have met are legends: Koenig, De Jaeger (met him in Wimby changing rooms, watched Tim vs Flip together), Coetzee, and Wakefield... All sooooo nice, and friendly!
Waynes world, where are all your compatriots?!

WaynesWorld
12-26-2004, 11:04 AM
I have no idea what Marcos and David are doing now. Marcos did play a couple of challengers in 2002 but I haven´t heard anything about him for a long time now :confused: I also haven´t heard that David retired officially...I just didn´t see him anymore suddenly :confused:

Yonge
01-23-2005, 03:29 AM
I'm a fan of Wayne Black! Met him in Toronto last year and he's great. He was walking around, no one was recognizing him (or so it seemed) so I approached him and said hi. He also posed for photos. Great guy.

ae wowww
01-29-2005, 09:23 PM
I'm a fan of Wayne Black! Met him in Toronto last year and he's great. He was walking around, no one was recognizing him (or so it seemed) so I approached him and said hi. He also posed for photos. Great guy.
Totally... Pint sized legend, just won AO dubs...hats off Wayney

JMG
02-01-2005, 07:47 PM
:eek:Wayne Ferreira will probably play in Daviscup against Germany, but I thinkit won't help them.;)

WaynesWorld
02-01-2005, 09:45 PM
Would be great to see Wayne at the Daviscup-Tie!!!! :worship:

ae wowww
02-04-2005, 07:32 PM
Would be great to see Wayne at the Daviscup-Tie!!!! :worship:
Will you be going?? :D

PaulieM
02-19-2005, 07:20 PM
I'm half south african and i wish there were more south african players. but good luck to those that are out there. :) :wavey:

WaynesWorld
02-19-2005, 09:31 PM
Will you be going?? :D


I would LOVE to go!!! But unfortunately South-Africa is a little too far away for me :sad: I wish they would play in Germany ;) But at it will be shown on German TV :)

ae wowww
02-20-2005, 07:51 AM
I would LOVE to go!!! But unfortunately South-Africa is a little too far away for me :sad: I wish they would play in Germany ;) But at it will be shown on German TV :)
Oh excuse me, I guessed from the flag you were actually in RSA :yeah: Yeah, if it had been in Germany I probably would have gone, too. It's a shame, but there'll be more... it will be a hard win for sure-but they really need to win to avoid falling even further into even lower DC groups. Who do you think is likely to play?

WaynesWorld
02-27-2005, 09:23 PM
Oh excuse me, I guessed from the flag you were actually in RSA :yeah: Yeah, if it had been in Germany I probably would have gone, too. It's a shame, but there'll be more... it will be a hard win for sure-but they really need to win to avoid falling even further into even lower DC groups. Who do you think is likely to play

Well it looks like Wayne and Wesley are going to play the Singles, for Germany probably Kiefer and Haas. It definetely will be very very tough for South-Africa. I think Germany will win 4-1, but you never know ;) We don´t know in what shape Wayne is, after not playing for almost half a year...

ae wowww
02-27-2005, 09:37 PM
Jeff in dubs :D:D

tennis4eva
02-28-2005, 07:08 AM
Raven Klaasen is a really talented South African player, I saw him at a few challenger events and I was impressed with his game. :)
However it seems his ranking has from 323 to 493.....

http://www.tennis.info/images/Star3/08Fri/Klaasen0127.jpg

Neely
03-07-2005, 07:23 AM
A more than impressive performance by Wesley Moodie this weekend. It was awesome how his serve was coming in, almost 70% first serves throughout the match, lots of aces, uncountable service winners. Way above average baseline and return play that we normally are used from him.

He definitely raised his game for his team and under these conditions in the thin air of Johannesburg he would have been a very very dangerous opponent for every player I believe. You just can't do much if your opponent is consistently serving like that.

If Moodie played like that for huge stretches of the season, he would be top 30 easily. Even Becker, who was co-commentating for German TV on Sunday, said that. He was expecting Moodie's level to drop some times as it normally happens in a longer match, but it just didn't happen.

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The only sad thing was that Wayne Ferreira couldn't play any better, you could see that Wayne was very unhappy about his performance and I felt with him. He also didn't want to give any interviews after the match against Schüttler.

It's bad that this guy had to play what seemed his probably his last professional matches like that. But with Rik de Voest injured there wouldn't have been better possibilities either.

Ferreira already offered his help as a team captain for the South African team. I think he will get this job soon, good luck!

WaynesWorld
03-27-2005, 10:52 AM
I´d love to see Wayne as DC-Coach!!!:)

ae wowww
05-03-2005, 09:26 PM
Saw Chris Haggard and Robbie Koenig practicing on Sutton's clay today... Robbie had a brief chat with me :D

shotgun
10-23-2005, 03:24 PM
I think South African tennis is recovering in the end of the year. Moodie won his first ATP title in Tokyo, and De Voest won the Sacramento Challenger!

ae wowww
10-23-2005, 03:35 PM
I am surprised Wes didn't win one already, it is crazy! He could be top 30 for sure.

Please visit Jeff [Coetzee]'s thread & website, happy to chat about South African tennis there :)

koolnorman
12-29-2005, 11:33 PM
Gregg Le suer, i think he could go far if given the right funding and support :devil:

aj_m2009
01-07-2006, 11:37 PM
Im kinda surprised to see nobody's mentioned Fritz Wolmarans yet. He's one of the higher ranked South Africans (at 548 currently), who's had some decent results at the Futures level (reached a final and a semi-final last year).

I saw him last year at the Tulsa Challenger against Sco, I was pretty impressed with what I saw. He seemed to do everything pretty well! He could volley, serve (serve and volley if I remember correct), hit good ground strokes, and he could actually hit a pretty good slice too (and he did it fairly often too, which isn't something you see every day anymore :()!:D

Im considering making a small site on him in the future.:) I'll probably get around to it shortly. Now if I can just get my mother to let me get fritzwolmarans.com hehe.:D

Kristen
01-08-2006, 08:17 AM
I know Kevin is from Zinbabwe, but didn't want to start a new thread... so here's a pic from Adelaide... :wavey:

ae wowww
01-08-2006, 07:03 PM
ajm, you got to start a site for Fritz :D!

aj_m2009
01-09-2006, 01:43 AM
Ok!:D Now I just need to figure out where Im going to host it at, and what all Im going to have on it. The last part I figure will be kinda hard since there really isnt much on him, but oh well, that was the case with Sco and I got a site up about him, so I figure I should be able to do it again!:D Ill be sure to come back and say something when its done!:D Oh and if anyone has anything they would like to contribute (facts, pics, art work, etc...), feel free to send it to me via PM or email (you can email it to aj_m2009[at]yahoo[dot]com)! If you do, please include who you would like to be credited as on the site.:)

ae wowww
01-11-2006, 04:35 PM
Nice one buddy :D Go Fritzy!

aj_m2009
01-13-2006, 03:50 AM
Thanks!:D And I just got the site done, like 5 or 6 minutes ago!:D Its at http://tornintopieces.info/fritz.:) I hope y'all like it!!!

ae wowww
01-13-2006, 05:28 PM
Thanks!:D And I just got the site done, like 5 or 6 minutes ago!:D Its at http://tornintopieces.info/fritz.:) I hope y'all like it!!!

Great work gangsta :D Rustled up an absolute treat, nice one!

aj_m2009
01-13-2006, 09:38 PM
Thanks, glad you like it!!:D

EDIT: Also, if anyone has a site and would like to link up, dont hesitate to say something!:)

Kristen
01-29-2006, 08:13 AM
Chris Haggard, as requested :tape:

That's one 'interesting' hairstyle.

OddJob
01-29-2006, 08:19 AM
I liked Wayne a lot and I think the SA accent is dead sexy. :)

ae wowww
02-14-2006, 11:18 AM
Thanks Kristen... Loving the hair Hags :D!

ae wowww
03-11-2006, 03:34 PM
An interesting article on the upcoming DC tie against Georgia

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http://www.supertennis.co.za/default.asp?id=171834&des=article&scat=supertennis/daviscup (http://www.supertennis.co.za/default.asp?id=171834&des=article&scat=supertennis/daviscup)

Wesley Moodie returns to the South African Davis Cup team for their Euro/Africa Zone Group Two tie against Georgia from April 7 to 9.


Moodie opted not to play the tie against Morocco last year, which South Africa lost, but he will join Rik de Voest, Jeff Coetzee and new cap Izak van der Merwe in Tblisi, Georgia.

Van der Merwe has been at college in the US where he has produced some useful results. De Voest got into the main draw in Memphis last week when German Nicolas Kiefer was forced to withdraw and firstly scored a straight sets win over Swede Jonas Bjorkman, before losing a tight three-set match to new British star Andy Murray.

John-Laffnie de Jager, who will captain the team, said on Monday he was surprised by the decision of the Georgians to play the tie indoors on carpet. "Both Wesley and Rik are well suited to that surface. I thought they would have gone for clay but obviously we'll take it.

"It's great to have Wesley back in the team and in addition, Rik has been playing great tennis lately."

De Jager added that he had decided to give Van der Merwe a chance as he needed to assess the younger players. "We took Kevin Anderson to Morocco and I now know what he can do. Izak is a talented player and now it is time to see if he can step up to the next level."

Coetzee has been a regular in the team over the past few years and his doubles prowess has often helped the South Africans win the pivotal doubles rubber. He is likely to team up with Wimbledon champion Moodie in Tblisi.

In keeping with the South African Tennis Association's (Sata) policy of taking a junior along with the team, Eric Fisher from the Eastern Cape will be accompanying the team to Georgia.

Although currently ranked 151, Georgia's left-handed Irakli Labadze is a highly talented player who has been ranked as high as 42 in the world. He has scored wins over Andre Agassi, Gaston Gaudio, Carlos Moya, James Blake and Jarkko Nieminen. In 1998 he made the Junior Wimbledon final where he lost to current world number one Roger Federer.

Labadze also has a 12-1 win-loss Davis Cup record.

Irakli Ushangishvili is the most capped Davis Cup player while Lado Chikhladze and David Kvernadze have made up the balance of the team in the past.

Sata, who have battled to find a sponsor over the years, have managed to get support from South African Airways. "We are committed to sustain South African sport globally and to carry our sporting diplomats to the world," said SAA CEO Khaya Ngcqula.

SA team: Wesley Moodie (ranked 70 singles, 21 doubles) Rik de Voest (ranked 163 singles, 151 doubles), Jeff Coetzee (ranked 62 doubles), Izak van der Merwe (ranked 707 singles, 652 doubles).

ae wowww
03-27-2006, 05:34 PM
Hags & Wes are through to the Quarters of Miami, having just taken out Clement/Llodra in the 2nd round 46 63 10-5

:banana:

DC in a few!

ae wowww
03-28-2006, 05:27 PM
Official Team Nominations
South Africa:
Wesley Moodie
Kevin Anderson
Jeff Coetzee
Izak Van Der Merwe
Team Captain: John-Laffnie De Jager

Georgia:
Irakli Labadze
Giorgi Chantouria
Lado Chikhladze
George Krikhadze
Team Captain: Gela Elerdashvili

Draw next Thursday (6th April) :yeah:

ae wowww
03-31-2006, 03:19 PM
Kevin Anderson has been replaced by Stephen Mitchell.

ae wowww
04-01-2006, 07:27 PM
Found this interview with Hags!



Tennistars – Chris Haggard (June 2004)

Tennis4everyone’s Simon Rose caught up with Chris at the Stella Artois Championships in June 2004, at London’s Queen’s Club, to gain an insight into what makes him tick as a top doubles player…

Simon:
Chris today we’re at the Queen’s Club, the Stella Artois Championships. You’ve played with your partner Jeff Coetzee and had a tough match against Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley. It was 7-6 6-4, how did you feel the match went overall for you guys?

Chris:
Well they’re a very good serving team, we had break points in the first game and that was the last time we actually had break points on their serves. They played very well, they’re a good team. They’re probably top four in the world right now. I’ve played them once before on grass, at Wimbledon and actually beat them first round. So I thought that maybe we had a good chance. They served really well and one or two points, that’s what cost us the match.

Simon:
The margin’s very tight isn’t it?

Chris:
In doubles, one or two points can go either way and then you lose the match, especially against the good teams. You’ve got to take those opportunities when you have them.

Simon:
The matches come thick and fast, you’ve got Wimbledon coming very very soon. What’s your plan now before those championships begin?

Chris:
I think the key on grass is to get as many matches as you can, because it’s such a short season. We played Surbiton last week, we won two matches there and we won two more here, which was very good and then we’re playing one more warm-up tournament in Nottingham. Hopefully, if we win a few matches there, we’re really in good form going into Wimbledon.

Simon:
What’s your main target, what’s your real aim with these championships coming up?

Chris:
Wimbledon, you mean? I’ve made the quarter finals there before and I’d like to go at least one better and make the semi finals. That would be a really good achievement for me. I’ve always loved playing there and it’s probably my favourite Grand Slam of the four.

Simon:
How do you feel your game’s shaping up, this particular season?

Chris:
It started off really well. We had a couple of finals me and Jeff and then unfortunately in Davis Cup, Jeff sprained his ankle and he was out for most of the clay-court season, which was really tough for me, I didn’t have a partner. We were a little low in confidence going into the French and unfortunately we lost first round there. But back on the grass, we like the faster courts and I think we’re gonna do well.

Simon:
And you were up against your old doubles playing partner (Koenig), weren’t you, at the French?!

Chris:
It’s very tough to play against a friend. We’re actually sharing the same coach and we all stayed in the same place. It’s not easy when you play friends, but you’ve gotta put the friendship aside when you get on the court. It was a very intense match, no-one was really comfortable. We wanted to win but it was a weird feeling and I think me and Jeff learnt a lot from that. We didn’t really take our chances from that match. That’s what cost us.

Simon:
Of course you’re only back recently playing with Jeff aren’t you, as he had a bit of a long spell out injured didn’t he?

Chris:
He was very unlucky yeah. We made the semi finals of the Australian Open. We won the first tournament of the year and we were probably ranked one in the world at that stage and he was in a terrible car accident and he was out for most of last year. Which was very tough on him, but he’s happy, he’s back again, which is a miracle. The doctors just gave him a 50/50 chance that he’ll play again, so that’s great. There’s still a lot of the year left and I think we can still have a good year.

Simon:
So I guess you’re trying to get back to where you guys were before and see if you can even go past those standards?

Chris:
That would be nice. I think he might have lost a little bit of his speed that he had, but we can make up for that in other areas. We’ve beaten a lot of the top teams and we just need to do it all at once and try and win one of these big tournaments.

Simon:
It’s a tough tour isn’t it. It lasts for practically all the year, 11 months or so of the year. It must be pretty gruelling on you guys…

Chris:
It’s very tough. You’re playing 30 weeks a year. You’ve just got to stay healthy as much as possible. You know in 30 weeks you’re going to have those bad times, when you’re not winning matches, but you’ve got to hang in there and you gotta persevere and that’s when things turn around. And then you just hope for the big tournaments that’ll come along, that you’re gonna win them.

Simon:
It must be kinda tough on your home life and your private life because you’re away from friends and family. How do you find that?

Chris:
It’s very hard, but I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s just part of - you know - it’s what I’m used to. But I’ll be enjoying it when it’s over and I can get to spend time with my family and that. Tennis has been great to me, I’ve had a lot of great experiences, I get to see the world. The downside is you don’t see your family as much and it gets lonely, but I think that there’s a lot of other jobs out there that are much tougher. So I’m happy with the choices I’ve made.

Simon:
Do you get to go back to South Africa much?

Chris:
The last few years I’ve been going back more than I used to. I probably go back three times a year. I probably spend about three months in South Africa.

Simon:
And of course going back to your roots there, what initially first inspired you to get into tennis? What first attracted you to the sport?

Chris:
Well definitely Wimbledon, that was the first tournament we got to watch on TV and I remember watching the famous match with McEnroe and Borg and just mesmerised and glued to the TV. And I just thought “Gee, I’d love to be playing tennis”. And then when Kevin Curran lost to Boris Becker in the finals of Wimbledon, that was a big thing for me, because this was a South African guy and he was on the centre stage and I just thought “Jeez, I’d love to play tennis, at a high level”.

Simon:
Were those guys like McEnroe and Becker your initial idols? The guys who really ignited your interest in the game?

Chris:
Definitely. Definitely Becker, he was my hero for a long time. The great thing is I got to play him here in ’96. I qualified and I won a round in singles and I played him in the second round here and I lost 7-5 6-3 but it was a great feeling for me and definitely the highlight of my singles career.

Simon:
So you enjoyed it anyway!?

Chris:
I loved every moment of it!

Simon:
So when you were playing as a youngster, what made you think “Okay, I like this sport, I’m gonna take it on and become a professional”?

Chris:
I loved tennis from the first moment I started, from the first moment I hit a ball. I thought it would be cool y’know, to be able to play a sport for money. I’ve always loved sports, I’ve always been around it. I just chose tennis at that stage as it was an individual thing for me. I loved having all the pressure on myself and that and I was actually hooked from a young age and I just took it from here.

Simon:
Was it singles initially you were interested in? How did you make the transition to doubles?

Chris:
I always played both but seemed to do better in doubles, just because my game is more suited to doubles. I’m better at the nets. I don’t have as much power as a lot of the singles players have. But because of the feeling I have at the net and the quickness, it really helped me in doubles.

Simon:
So how do you come to choose a partner? What do you look for in a doubles partner?

Chris:
Well it’s never a guarantee. You want someone that compliments your game. Say maybe if you haven’t got as big a serve, then you want someone that’s got a good serve. If you don’t return as well, you want someone who returns well. And also it comes down to chemistry. It’s trial and error – you play with someone, if you guys combine well together, you feel good on the court together, well that’s one of the main ingredients.

Simon:
What would you say is a good tip for a club doubles player? Anybody who likes to play tennis and likes to play doubles, what would be some good tips for those guys?

Chris:
As far as attitude-wise…?

Simon:
Yeah…attitude…playing the game, things you’ve found work for you?

Chris:
I think the most important thing in doubles is that you need to communicate with your partner. You need to pump each other up. Cos you know in doubles, one person’s always going to play a little better than the other and you’ve got to realise that. You’ve gotta keep getting your partner up there and motivated. As far as the basic skills that you do in doubles, you need to make a lot of first serves, you need to make a lot of returns and then after that you’ve just got to be alert. Be ready for the volleys, for the reflex, or something that’s gonna change a match.

Simon:
People often talk about tennis and about the characters, the personalities in the game. Do you feel it’s fair that people suggest that maybe tennis has not got quite the personalities in the game these days? Or do you find that it does?

Chris:
No that’s definitely true. We do have the personalities, I think the difference these days is you don’t have the players mixing as much with the public as they used to. You know, I was just speaking here with someone at Queen’s, the doctor, and he was saying after the match, like 15 years ago, you’d see players in the bar, having a drink and they’d be surrounded by normal people and that. But times have changed and with security and that, I don’t think that’s possible as much. I don’t think we have the interaction with the public and the players and then they don’t really get to know who you are.

Simon:
I guess the professionalism levels are pretty high these days. The pressures involved - there’s lots of sponsors, there’s management, there’s all these sorts of companies involved – how do you find that side of things?

Chris:
There’s a lot more money in tennis and unfortunately it comes with the good and the bad. The bad side is that you’d have someone with a lot of people around them that feed off them, you know, because they’re also making money from him. So each player would have his own agent, he’d have his entourage and, as a public person it’s tough for you to get to meet that person, because he’s always surrounded by all these people.

Simon:
Do you find in the game there’s quite a few guys with different personalities, some jokers, people who play tricks on each other, going around the different tournaments around the tour?

Chris:
I think to be honest the doubles players are more laid back than the singles players. We’re not playing for as much money. A lot of the doubles players are older than the singles players, so they have a bit more charisma. They’re a little more playful. You do have the few guys around though that often make jokes. I mean a guy like Stepanek, that was playing today – he lost to Grosjean – he’s very good at imitating people. So you could see him in the locker room and he’ll say “Hi” to you and then he’ll imitate your serve and he’ll do it very well.

Simon:
Now of course another reason why we’re here today is David Sammel – tennis4everyone, the main man – you’ve been previously coached by Dave. What’s Dave like as a coach?

Chris:
I’ve got a lot to thank Dave for. He got me thinking the way a tennis player needs to think. He’s very good in the head. He knows what it takes to be a champion and he knows how you need to be to get there. He’s done a lot for me and I’ll always be appreciative of that. He’s very enthusiastic, he’s very positive and I think he teaches the modern way of tennis. He knows what it takes these days to make it. I think hopefully we can team up one day and we could do something for younger kids together.

Simon:
It’s an interesting thing, you often find that players’ coaches tend to come and go, they do change fairly frequently – how important would you say a coach is to a tennis player’s game?

Chris:
I think it’s very important. There’s very few players that can make it without a good coach, or someone that gets them playing the right way, believing in themselves. That’s half the battle, believing that your game’s good enough to beat anyone. I think it’s a team effort with a coach. I mean, you look at a Roddick with a Gilbert – he’s won a Grand Slam. Without him, he probably wouldn’t have. So you’ve got to give him credit for that. I think it’s like in any sport. A coach has definitely got a role, in tennis it’s big and if you can find the right coach it can make a huge difference to your game.

Simon:
You mentioned before about Davis Cup and of course David’s been involved with Davis Cup players, the GB players. You’ve recently been playing in the Davis Cup, you must have been thrilled to get involved in that!

Chris:
Incredible experience! Something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. I’ve played three matches – I won two and I lost one. Unfortunately the last one I lost was in South Africa and we had a great crowd and a great atmosphere and our whole family there and Jeff sprained his ankle in the third game of the match. The thing ballooned up and he shouldn’t have carried on but he did and that was probably a mistake. But he was gutsy and he didn’t want to walk off the court and we actually played alright. We lost but he was on one leg, he was quite admirable.

Simon:
As you mentioned before, the Australian Open was a great success and I hear that you guys had a big parade when you got back.

Chris:
Yeah we played brilliantly. We made the semi finals, we actually had break points to go 4-3 in the third set against Llodra and Santoro and we lost 7-5 - and they won it. That was our peak right there. Unfortunately straight after that was the accident. We’ve got a lot of good press back home, a lot of positive attitude with the people standing behind us. Hopefully we’re going to be picked for the Olympics. That’s a goal of mine. I’ve never been in the Olympics. So that would be another highlight of my career, coming up soon.

Simon:
That would be a big big part of the season too wouldn’t it!?

Chris:
I’m very excited about it. I’ve watched it on TV. The opening ceremony, I’ve wanted to be there with my country. It’s something you remember for the rest of your life.

Simon:
It’s interesting you mentioned that particular match when it suddenly went away from you. It’s an interesting thing with tennis. Certain sports are based on a time factor – if you’re winning 5-0 in a football match with a minute to go, you’re going to win the match – but with tennis, it’s a case of having to achieve a quantity, a certain amount of sets. It’s quite an unusual sort of sport, where you can be that close to victory but it can still totally turn against you. It must be quite a strange circumstance to be involved in.

Chris:
Tennis is the only sport where you’ve got to win the last point to win the match and that’s what it’s about. No matter how far you’re up or you’re down, you always have that chance of coming back. That’s what makes it an amazing sport because you can be down and out and you can still come back and win. I think the biggest thing is just taking your opportunities, when you have them. If you don’t them they can really hurt you and you can lose a really close match.

Simon:
I guess that’s part of the ‘soul of tennis’. That’s something we like to look at on tennis4everyone. What would you say is the soul, the heartbeat of tennis, that keeps you motivated and keeps you really attached to the sport?

Chris:
I just think it’s an amazing game skilfully. Just hitting a ball over the net and having the control of it. I think tennis is a bit of everything – it’s got grace, it’s got power, it’s got speed. It’s a whole lot of physical attributes that you need to play tennis. Even if I stop playing tennis, even for me to go out on a Sunday and hit a ball for an hour would be nice, because it’s a nice feeling of hitting a ball. And I think it’s a very pure sport, a very fair sport and hopefully it’s going to be around and popular for a long time.

Simon:
And the people in the sport have got a real strong love for it haven’t they?

Chris:
They have. They just need to market it the right way. There’s a lot of competition out there, there’s a lot of other sports and they need to bring the fans closer to the players and interact more with the players. I think you’ve got a great sport and you can sell it in the right way and I think there’s a market for it and hopefully tennis is going to get stronger and stronger.

Simon:
Well okay Chris, thank you very much for your time. Good luck of course for the tournaments coming up and the rest of the season and maybe we’ll see you in the Olympics as well…

Chris:
Thank you. Nice talking to you, thanks.

shotgun
04-03-2006, 03:22 PM
De Voest is playing the Tallahassee challenger this week. If he keeps up this pace I think there is a possibility of cracking the top 100 by the second semester.

Good luck Rik. :yeah:

ae wowww
04-06-2006, 11:54 AM
Draw against Georgia is now available:

R1 - I.LABADZE (GEO) v I.VAN DER MERWE (RSA)
R2 - L.CHIKHLADZE (GEO) v W.MOODIE (RSA)
R3 - L.CHIKHLADZE / I.LABADZE (GEO) v J.COETZEE / W.MOODIE (RSA)
R4 - I.LABADZE (GEO) v W.MOODIE (RSA)
R5 - L.CHIKHLADZE (GEO) v I.VAN DER MERWE (RSA)

Play begins at 8am GMT tomorrow :D Here is the link to results, I doubt there will be any live scoring:
http://www.daviscup.com/results/tieresult.asp?tie=100007779

Good fortune Team SA!! :banana:

ae wowww
04-06-2006, 02:20 PM
Frankly, I am a little surprised to see Van der Merwe playing instead of Stephen Mitchell, I guess they just really want him to get some experience. It's just than Steve is over 200 places above Izak. Good luck in your DC debut tomorrow, Izak!

ae wowww
04-09-2006, 03:53 PM
Currently 2-2 :eek: Everything to play for...

Labadze d Van Der Merwe 64 57 36 61 63
Moodie d Chikhladze 76(7) 67(2) 46 76(5) 63
Chikhladze/Labadze d Coetzee/Moodie 64 64 76(4)
Moodie d Labadze 75 46 46 63 1311 :eek:
Chikhladze vs Van Der Merwe (for the match)

Firstly a great effort from Izak to take Labadze to 5 sets, then Chikhladze clearly showed his potential stretching Wes to five. Surprised big time that Jeff & Wes got beaten, especially in straights.. Great to see Wes keep SA in it, despite it going all the way(!).. Hope Izak can close it out :angel:

ae wowww
04-09-2006, 06:06 PM
South Africa lost overall, so they face Latvia in relegation play-offs in July.

A couple of related articles:
http://www.supertennis.co.za/defaul...tennis/daviscup (http://www.supertennis.co.za/default.asp?id=175926&des=article&scat=supertennis/daviscup)

http://www.supertennis.co.za/defaul...tennis/daviscup (http://www.supertennis.co.za/default.asp?id=175860&des=article&scat=supertennis/daviscup)

What a disappointing performance, they really ought to have done better.

ae wowww
04-11-2006, 11:36 AM
South Africa is up two places in the DC ranking to #40 :D

ae wowww
04-11-2006, 12:03 PM
Latvia confirmed to have choice of ground, while SA is a seed for the G2 play-offs in July.

shotgun
04-15-2006, 06:07 AM
They shouldn't have lost that doubles rubber.

Anyway, it's tough when their team is not complete. The team should have been Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard, but it seems that some of the guys are more focused on their careers instead of Davis Cup. :shrug:

ae wowww
04-15-2006, 08:18 AM
The team should have been Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard, but it seems that some of the guys are more focused on their careers instead of Davis Cup. :shrug:

You're absolutely right. I am not sure why Rik didn't take the opportunity, I know Wes & Jeff always jump at the chance and do as much as they can to prepare and play well - even if that means heading to the venue a week early to practice. Chris has been having a good year, and perhaps Laffies didn't want to include two doubles specialists, in the instance of one of the singles players getting injured and suchlike; but yes, Jeff & Chris really should've played the doubles together.

shotgun
04-16-2006, 02:56 AM
You're absolutely right. I am not sure why Rik didn't take the opportunity, I know Wes & Jeff always jump at the chance and do as much as they can to prepare and play well - even if that means heading to the venue a week early to practice. Chris has been having a good year, and perhaps Laffies didn't want to include two doubles specialists, in the instance of one of the singles players getting injured and suchlike; but yes, Jeff & Chris really should've played the doubles together.

Rik has been playing challengers in the U.S. for a few consecutive weeks, maybe he thought the team didn't need him and it would be too much of a work to travel to Georgia and then come back to the States. And the problem about using Moodie in the doubles rubber is that there's a high possibility of him getting worn out for the reverse singles, although it's true that he doesn't mind long matches. Anyway, Haggard is probably retiring soon and the only option in the future will be Moodie/Coetzee.

Having said that, it's a pity that South Africa lost the tie and they have a team to be in the Group I battling for the WG Playoffs, not in the Group II.

ae wowww
04-18-2006, 08:19 PM
Turns out Chikhladze played unbelieveable tennis, served bigger than Top 10ers.

Rik didn't play for personal reasons, and the doubles was closer than it seemed. Wes got foot-faulted twice in a point to let Georgia break. That was the only service game lost. Jeff felt very hard done by, I chatted today in Wimbledon to him.

ae wowww
05-07-2006, 02:32 PM
Davis Cup info:
Tennis Centre 'Lielupe', Jurmala
Stadium Capacity: 3,000
21 July - 23 July 2006
Day 1: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT) tbc
Day 2: 1430 hrs (1130 hrs GMT) tbc
Day 3: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT) tbc
Surface: Clay (Red Clay) - Outdoors

kukka
09-22-2006, 09:14 AM
Wayne Ferreira made his debut at the senior competitions. Unfortunately he lost his first match against Sergi Bruguera at the Palisades Championships in Charlotte. The score was 4-6, 6-3, 10-1. Wayne plays his second match today (Friday) against Aaron Krickstein. Good luck Wayne!!! :D

Elina

kukka
09-23-2006, 06:55 AM
Yippee! Wayne won his second match at Charlotte. :D

Wayne Ferreira def. Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 6-2

:woohoo:

Elina

kukka
09-24-2006, 05:21 AM
Unfortunately Wayne lost his third and last match in Charlotte. But it was so nice to see his name on score sheets again. :D I hope he plays more these senior tourneys in the future. ;)

Jim Courier def. Wayne Ferreira 6-4, 7-6(5)

kukka
10-03-2006, 04:07 PM
Wayne has also been included in the Stanford Championships event. :) It's so great that Wayne gets to play these senior events. I so wish I could go there and see him play live. :hearts: :clap2:

http://www.championsseriestennis.com/memphis/

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
10-06-2006, 07:07 AM
:woohoo: Wayne won his first match in Memphis!!! :bigclap:

Wayne Ferreira def. John McEnroe 6-7(1), 6-3, 10-4 :D

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
10-07-2006, 04:33 PM
And Wayne won also his second match!!! :D He's on a groove in Memphis!

Wayne Ferreira def. Jim Courier 7-5, 6-2

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
10-08-2006, 02:05 PM
Wayne continues playing also after the round robin stage! :D He won his group when he yesterday beat Mats in straight set! :woohoo:

Wayne Ferreira def. Mats Wilander 7-5, 6-2

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
10-09-2006, 08:48 AM
Unfortunately Wayne lost the Memphis final to Magnus Larsson but what a great week for him in total. :D

Magnus Larsson def. Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-4

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
10-16-2006, 12:14 PM
At the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions tournament in Eindhoven last week Wayne made it again to the final but lost that to Marcelo Rios. Wayne injured his back in the final but it didn't sound like it was anything serious. Just too many matches in a row after a long break from tennis. :)

Wayne Ferreira def. Paul Haarhuis 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 - Saved 2 M.P.
Wayne Ferreira def. Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-4
Wayne Ferreira def. Goran Ivanisevic 3-6, 6-1, 10-5
Final: Marcelo Rios d. Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-1


From http://www.mltourofchampions.com

Wayne Ferreira - What Happened Next?

He holds the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played (56), he reached the Australian Open semifinals in 1992 and 2003, and a career-high ranking of No.6 in 1995. In 2004, he retired. What happened next for Wayne Ferreira?

Sporting a tee-shirt with the slogan ‘’Old Guys Rule – the older I get, the better I was’ - emblazoned on it, Ferreira won his debut match on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions by beating Paul Haarhuis 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 (Champions’ Tie-Break) at the Alex Tennis Classics in Eindhoven on Thursday. But, until this year, he had barely picked up a tennis racquet since calling it a day after the 2004 US Open.

“Retirement has been tough,” admits the 35-year-old Ferreira, who lives in California.

“I focused a lot on bringing up my two boys (aged 2 and a half, and 7), but it’s two years since I retired now and I’ve been a bit bored. You are so driven when you play tennis, and then when you retire, after you’ve taken your kids to school, and if you don’t really have anything to do, it’s tough - very, very hard. Tennis is one of those things that gives you such great self-fulfillment - you can’t get it anywhere else. Even in business I don’t think people get it. But I was glad that I gave up tennis because I didn’t want to have to practice three hours a day, travel every week and have that grind.”

The Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions has provided a happy medium.

“This tour is great – it’s given me an opportunity to get away from my family a little bit. Even though I love them, it’s nice to have a break – it’s nice to play tennis again and to have that fun of chasing after that yellow ball again, and it’s given me a reason to get back in shape. I didn’t do a lot of exercise for a long time after retiring. I don’t qualify for events because I wasn’t a Champion, but it’s nice when they give me wild cards like here in Eindhoven.”

When Ferreira, a former World junior No.1, burst on the scene by reaching the 1992 Australian Open semifinals, there were those that predicted he would be a senior World No.1 within five years. He seemed to have it all – the perfect physique, fabulous balance, talent oozing from every pore, and a forehand that could knock holes in a barn door.

He readily admits that he didn’t quite live up to those lofty expectations, and now knows the reason why.

“When I started out my goals were perhaps unrealistic - I wanted to win every tournament that I played. Maybe I should have played a little less and said, ‘I only want to win the Grand Slams and I only want to win the Masters Series’. I travelled a lot, played too much, and when I got to the Grand Slams I was often tired. I could have scheduled myself better.”

He highlights his five-set quarterfinal defeat against Todd Martin at Wimnbledon in 1994, and five-set loss in the last eight of the US Open in 19992 as ones that got away, but he is still proud of his achievements.

“I trained as hard as anyone could, if not harder than anyone else did, I was as dedicated as anyone could be, and I did exceptionally well. It’s never good enough, no-one can ever say they are completely happy, but I had a good career, it’s given me a good life, made me a lot of money, and I did a job that I wanted to do for 16 years. I had a lot of fun, made a lot of friends and achieved a lot.”

Ferreira is convinced that he could still comfortably infiltrate the top 100 of the regular tour rankings if he so desired, but the motivation simply isn’t there any more.

He is happier trading blows with old rivals on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, enjoying their company in a way he could rarely do during his professional career, and making the most of the experience he has gathered over the years.

“You realise when you get older what you should have done when you were younger,” says Ferreira.

“When you go to Japan they write on your visa: ‘Entertainer’, and that’s what we need to realise – we are entertainers, people are paying a lot of money to watch us and we should try to give them as much entertainment as we can so that they leave and want to come back. I always tried to be accessible, but I could have done more. On this Tour it’s champions playing against each other, but having fun, and you can see the people watching are enjoying it more. You get to interact with the other players, hang out with them afterwards in a way we didn’t in the past. And fans get a great day out by coming to the tennis.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.


KRAJICEK & RIOS STAY ON COLLISION COURSE

Marcelo Rios let his tennis do the talking in response to Richard Krajicek’s pre-tournament taunts by trouncing Pat Cash 6-3, 6-1 on day one of the Alex Tennis Classics in Eindhoven on Thursday.

The Chilean was in ominous form, sending a trio of forehand missiles past Cash on return, with the Australian rooted to the spot on the baseline.

Krajicek responded with a 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 (Champions’ Tie-Break) win over Michael Stich, but he will need to improve considerably if he is to live up to his bold claims that he will be the first man on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions to beat Rios when they play their final group match on Saturday.

In the day’s other match, two-time champion Goran Ivanisevic defeated Henri Leconte 6-2, 6-4.

Rios will face Stich on Friday, with Krajicek up against Cash, Leconte taking on Ferreira and Ivanisevic playin Haarhuis.


FERREIRA: “I’VE BEATEN RIOS BEFORE, I CAN DO IT AGAIN”

Wayne Ferreira defeated two-time defending champion Goran Ivanisevic to reach the final of the Alex Tennis Classics, and then sent a warning to the unbeaten Marcelo Rios.

Ferreira won 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 (Champions’ Tie-break), and now meets the Chilean in the final of his debut event on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions.

“I beat Rios a bunch when we played each other on the regular tour,” said Ferreira.

“Obviously it’s going to take a lot of work, a lot of energy and a lot of running but I have been successful quite often against him, so you never know. I’m going to give it my best shot. I’m playing well.”

His overall record against Rios on the ATP circuit was 3-5, but four of Rios’s five victories came on clay.

So, what tactics does Ferreira intend to use to become the first man to beat Rios on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions in six tournaments?

“When I had success against him I used to slow-ball him to the backhand – give him lots of high, loopy balls to the backhand, and then wait for a forehand and give it a bit more and get him moving,” said Ferreira.

“It’s difficult to do that indoors, and whether I can hit winners for two sets, I don’t know. But I’ll give it a run.”

The third/fourth place play-off will see Ivanisevic take on Krajicek in a repeat of last year’s final.

The BlackRock Masters sees the top ten players in the South African Airways Champions Tour Rankings compete for a $100,000 winners' prize. The field at the Royal Albert Hall in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild card invitations. The final stop on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions before London will take place in Frankfurt, 16-19 November.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.


Rios Wins Eindhoven Title

Marcelo Rios improved his unblemished record on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions still further as his opponent struggled with a back injury in the final of the Alex Tennis Classics.

Rios won 6-3, 6-1 to take his sixth title of the year and extend his unbeaten run to 24 matches.

Ferreira kept in contention until 3-all in the first set, but then felt a stabbing pain in his back as he lunged for a ball. He won only one more game in the remainder of the match.

“I was doing well until 3-all and then my back went out on me,” said Ferreira.

“It’s tough when suddenly you stop thinking about the game and more about the injury. Four matches were a little tough for me – I haven’t really played for two years, but if I’m going to continue doing this, I now know what I need to do. I hope I get some more chances. I had a great week, enjoyed myself hugely and hopefully people enjoyed watching me play.”

Rios now needs to win the two remaining events on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions – the Champions Trophy in Frankfurt (November 16-19) and The BlackRock Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London (December 5-10), to complete a full set of titles and fulfil his ambition of going the whole year unbeaten.

“It’s not going to be easy,” admitted Rios.

“You can see these guys are training now, but that’s what I like. They are pushing me and that’s what I want. I might not be able to do it.”

Having experienced the Rios game first-hand, Ferreira knows how talented the Chilean still is, but still believes he can be beaten.

“I think Richard (Krajicek) had a great shot yesterday, I think Goran (Ivanisevic) has a chance. Rios is tough – physically and mentally, but it’s the kind of thing where it spurs everyone on to try to catch up to him.”

Players are scrambling for points to secure the remaining qualifying places at The BlackRock Masters in London. Rios, Cedric Pioline, Thomas Muster and Sergi Bruguera have already qualified. Krajicek and Ivanisevic’s performances should be sufficient to earn him them berths in London.

The BlackRock Masters sees the top ten players in the South African Airways Champions Tour Rankings compete for a $100,000 winners’ prize. The field at the Royal Albert Hall in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild card invitations. The final stop on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions before London will take place in Frankfurt, 16-19 November.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.

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kukka
11-10-2006, 06:49 AM
In Houston at the Stanford Cup Wayne won easily his first match against Pat Cash. :D

Wayne Ferreira def. Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4 :cool:

Elina

kukka
11-11-2006, 08:39 AM
Wayne won also his second match at the Stanford Cup! :D

Wayne Ferreira def. Anders Jarryd 6-4, 7-5 :woohoo:

Elina :umbrella:

kukka
11-12-2006, 12:06 PM
Wayne is on a roll in Houston! He's through to the final after a third win! :D

Wayne Ferreira def. Jim Courier 6-4, 7-5 :hearts:

kukka
11-13-2006, 07:09 AM
:woohoo: What a great weekend for Wayne! He won the Stanford Cup title in Houston! :hearts:

Wayne Ferreira def. Magnus Larsson 7-5, 6-3 :clap2:

Elina :umbrella:

JeffCandoi
11-16-2006, 03:07 PM
HEY anybody knows about exhibition tournaments in South Africa???????

Cindy19
12-15-2006, 10:52 AM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/Thumbs_Up_2.jpg
The pic should be put here;)

ae wowww
01-04-2007, 08:59 PM
Venue 2: Tunis, Tunisia
Surface: Clay
Dates: Week commencing 7 May 2007
Nations: 8

Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe

Format: Round Robin - eight teams will be divided into two pools of four. The first two teams from each pool advance to another round-robin group. The teams finishing first and second in this final pool are promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2008. The teams finishing third and fourth in each pool also advance to a round-robin pool. The teams finishing in third and fourth in this subsequent pool are relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group IV in 2008.
Please note that the ITF may amend the format if any team withdraws.

ae wowww
04-13-2007, 10:17 PM
The announcement of the South African Davis Cup team on Tuesday was a far cry from that of the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1990s when the country won the world's premier team tennis competition on one occasion and invariably were a force to be reckoned with in the elite World Group.

This time the squad comprising Rik de Voest, Wesley Moodie, Jeff Coetzee and Fritz Wolmerans will be participating in Tunisia from May 8th to the 13th in the Europe/Africa Zone Group III, which in soccer terminology would be classified as the fourth division of the Davis Cup.

But with SA Airways now serving up muscle and clout to tennis in the country as substantial and enthusiastic sponsors, South African Tennis Association (Sata) CEO Ian Smith said in announcing a team that will be captained by John Laffnie de Jager that the light at the end of the tunnel was now visible "and the sport is heading for an upswing in the country."

"The successful re-introduction of a South African Open in Durban in January was the first positive sign," added the Sata CEO. "Now we are able to announce a Davis Cup squad for the first time in a number of years that is at full-strength and includes all our best players."

And although South Africa now occupy 54th position in the ITF Davis Cup rankings -- almost as bad as 60th-placed Bafana Bafana in the Fifa rankings -- there is every opportunity of positive progress at the La Marsa Stadium in Tunisia against opponents who are all lower down in the official ratings.

Although Zimbabwe will be next best to South Africa in 60th place in Tunisia, they are unlikely to have at their calling either of the once-formidable Black brothers and it is the 75th-placed host nation who could pose the most serious problems particularly as the event will be played on slow, unfamiliar clay courts.

But with De Voest and Moodie comprising the highest-ranked individual players in a tournament that will also include teams from Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Namibia and Madagascar, as well as the Zimbabweans and Tunisians, South Africa have an inviting opportunity of, at least, gaining promotion and progressing to the the Europe/Africa Zone Group II segment.

The big-serving Moodie, South Africa's number two in recent years, has slipped to a 135th ATP ranking and has been superceded by De Voest, who has moved up to the 133st position and would therefore presumably play as number one in the Davis Cup. Although the ITF have yet to announce the exact format in Tunisia, it is possible the eight teams will be divided into two round robin groups of four, with the winners contesting the final.


:yeah: I might just have to go!

ae wowww
05-01-2007, 03:42 PM
Team nominations have now been finalised, and the draw for the initial round-robin pools will take place on Tuesday 8 May.

:banana:

ae wowww
05-05-2007, 07:12 AM
http://www.tennisserver.com/images/Sanderson/070502/IMG_1486.jpg

Wayne in Boston. Lost 10-6 Match TB to Courier.

kukka
05-07-2007, 07:53 AM
Thanks for the pic, ae wowww. :D It's nice that Wayne still favours the short shorts. ;)

ae wowww
05-09-2007, 03:39 PM
Venue 2: Tunis, Tunisia
Surface: Clay
Dates: 9-13 May 2007
Nations: 8. Teams drawn into two round-robin pools

Round-Robin Pools:
Pool A: South Africa, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritius
Pool B: Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Madagascar

So SA plays Mauritius on the 9th, Cote d'Ivoire on the 10th, then Ghana on the 11th.

South Africa beat Mauritius 3-0 today:

R1 - F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. K.PATEL (MRI) 6-4 6-3
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. J.BOURGAULT DU COUDRAY (MRI) 6-2 6-3
R3 - B.GORAYAH / K.PATEL (MRI) def. J.COETZEE / R.DE VOEST (RSA) 6-1 6-0

ae wowww
05-10-2007, 05:34 PM
South Africa defeated Cote D'Ivoire 3-0 in Tunisia:
R1 - F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. C.N'GORAN N'GORAN (CIV) 6-1 6-3
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. V.SANON (CIV) 6-3 6-1
R3 - R.DE VOEST / F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. C.N'GORAN N'GORAN / S.N'YABA LAVRY (CIV) 6-1 6-3

Team SA increased it's all time record against Cote D'Ivoire to 2-0 today. They now top Group A, with Mauritius and Cote D'Ivoire holding second place together, Ghana last with no points. Ghana tomorrow

ae wowww
05-12-2007, 07:29 PM
South Africa defeated Ghana 3-0 in Tunisia:
R1 - W.MOODIE (RSA) def. M.SALIFU (GHA) 6-0 6-3
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. M.NORTEY (GHA) 6-1 6-1
R3 - R.DE VOEST / F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. M.NORTEY / M.SALIFU (GHA) 6-4 6-2

As a result, SA tops the group, Ivory Coast second, Mauritius third and Ghana bottom place. Therefore, they join Madagascar and host nations Tunisia in the 1st-4th playoff group. They will play Tunisia on Saturday & Madagascar on Sunday. 1st or 2nd place in this group would mean promotion to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2008. Jeff will hopefully be fit for the weekend's matches.

ae wowww
05-13-2007, 01:02 PM
South Africa defeated Tunisia 3-0 in Tunisia:
R1 - W.MOODIE (RSA) def. S.MBAREK (TUN) 6-3 6-2
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. W.KILANI (TUN) 6-3 6-3
R3 - J.COETZEE / F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. O.JALLALI / W.KILANI (TUN) 6-4 6-2

They top the group, Cote D'Ivoire beat Madagascar 2-1 in the other group match. Only one match to go, I think they are guaranteed qualification now, anyway. Madagascar today anyway, good luck guys!

ae wowww
05-13-2007, 06:49 PM
South Africa defeated Madagascar 3-0 in Tunisia:
R1 - W.MOODIE (RSA) def. T.RAJAOBELINA (MAD) 6-3 6-4
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. J.RASOLONDRAZANA (MAD) 6-1 6-1
R3 - J.COETZEE / F.WOLMARANS (RSA) def. T.RAJAOBELINA / J.RASOLONDRAZANA (MAD) 6-1 6-0

They top the group, and complete an unbeaten week, without dropping a single set. Tunisia follow them out from this pool, both gaining promotion for Group II in 2008 (around April time). I shall see Jeff sometime this week and pass on any additional info!

ae wowww
05-13-2007, 09:37 PM
TIE COMPLETED:

Venue 1

Final Standings
1. Ireland, 2. Egypt, 3. Lithuania, 4. Turkey, 5. Moldova, 6. Bosnia/Herzegovina, 7. San Marino, 8. Iceland
Egypt and Ireland promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2008, Iceland and San Marino relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group IV in 2008.

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Venue 2

Final Standings 1. South Africa, 2. Tunisia, 3. Cote d'Ivoire, 4. Madagascar, 5. Zimbabwe, 6. Ghana, 7. Mauritius, 8. Namibia

South Africa and Tunisia promoted to Europe/Africa Zone Group II in 2008, Mauritius and Namibia relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group IV in 2008.

kukka
05-14-2007, 08:59 AM
Well done for the SA Davis Cup team! :D

Elina

ae wowww
05-14-2007, 10:15 PM
It might seem like a haul up the slopes of Mt Everest before reclaiming a prized position in the elite World Group of the Davis Cup, but South Africa have started their ascent in style by winning all five matches in the Euro-Africa Group III play-off in Tunisia by a 3-0 margin. The team consisting of Rik de Voest, Wesley Moodie and the promising Fritz Wolmerans won all 15 singles and doubles games without conceding a set and will be promoted to Euro-Africa Group II in 2008 -- still a long way off the pinnacle performance of becoming Davis Cup champions in the 1970s. "The opposition in Tunisia might not have been of the most formidable nature," said South African Tennis Association CEO Ian Smith on Monday, "but it was a sterling performance to win 30 sets in a row." Smith pointed out, however, that Euro-Africa Group II presented a far more daunting challenge. "But with South African Airways on board and finally providing Sata with substantial and enthusiastic sponsorship, he added, "we believe the ultimate objective of a place in the World Group over the next few years is not unrealistic." South Africa's white-washed "victims" at the Avenir Sportif de la Marsa Club in Tunis were Mauritius. The Ivory Coast and Ghana in the first round robin segment and Tunisia and Madagascar in the qualifying round for promotion. In all, 180 countries compete in Davis Cup competition -- second only to soccer as the sport with the highest number of competing nations. The prestige World Group consists of the top echelon of 16 countries, with Russia the 2006 champions.

Nice of them to mention Jeff in there :tape:

ae wowww
07-22-2007, 07:39 PM
After the Euro/Africa Zone Group II 2nd Round & Play-off matches, it is now easier to have a look at potential opponents for SA in 2008, having been promoted into Group II.

The first round of the group will see 8 ties played across the 4-6 April - and the other teams in the group are as follows:

Slovenia (lost in 2nd round)
Greece (lost in 2nd round)
Finland (lost in 2nd round)
Hungary (lost in 2nd round)
Denmark (won in Play-offs)
Ukraine (won in Play-offs)
Cyprus (won in Play-offs)
Algeria (won in Play-offs)

Egypt (promoted)
Ireland (promoted)
Tunisia (promoted)
South Africa (promoted)

Macedonia OR Luxembourg (21-23 Sept)
Portugal OR Netherlands (21-23 Sept)

The above two ties including Macedonia, Luxembourg, Portugal and the Netherlands will be played in a couple of months, and the losers will be relegated into Group II, and so will also become potential opponents for the SA boys. I would expect to see Macedonia and Portugal drop down, but you never know in DC! Anyway, some exciting prospects for matches - I have my fingers crossed for away ties against most of them, as the European destinations aren't too difficult to get to, Finland, Denmark & Cyprus look particularly appealing (plus, I would like to see Baghdatis or Nieminen play). I will report back in September, and then when the draws are made.

kukka
07-30-2007, 04:02 PM
Yeah, I'm also hoping for an away tie against Finland. :)

ae wowww
09-22-2007, 06:17 PM
The first round of the group will see 8 ties played across the 4-6 April - and the other teams in the group are as follows:

Slovenia (lost in 2nd round)
Greece (lost in 2nd round)
Finland (lost in 2nd round)
Hungary (lost in 2nd round)
Denmark (won in Play-offs)
Ukraine (won in Play-offs)
Cyprus (won in Play-offs)
Algeria (won in Play-offs)

Egypt (promoted)
Ireland (promoted)
Tunisia (promoted)
South Africa (promoted)

Macedonia OR Luxembourg (21-23 Sept)
Portugal OR Netherlands (21-23 Sept)

Macedonia currently hold a 2-1 lead over Luxembourg, and the Netherlands lead 3-0 against Portugal.

ae wowww
09-23-2007, 07:04 PM
Macedonia won 3-2 against Lux, and the Netherlands ended up as 5-0 victors, so both Luxembourg and Portugal are relegated into Zone II, and thus the final list of teams will be:

Slovenia (lost in 2nd round)
Greece (lost in 2nd round)
Finland (lost in 2nd round)
Hungary (lost in 2nd round)
Denmark (won in Play-offs)
Ukraine (won in Play-offs)
Cyprus (won in Play-offs)
Algeria (won in Play-offs)
Egypt (promoted)
Ireland (promoted)
Tunisia (promoted)
South Africa (promoted)
Luxembourg (relegated)
Portugal (relegated)

The ITF have announced that the draw for the 2008 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas will take place on Thursday 27 September 2007 in London, at the BNP Paribas offices at 12:00 pm local time.

The draw will be live on www.daviscup.com

ae wowww
09-27-2007, 04:04 PM
The draw for Europe/Africa Zone Group II 2008 is complete. South Africa faces Finland, whom is seeded, with choice of venue decided by lot in the Finn's favour. First round ties are to be played on 11-13 April 2008.

ae wowww
09-27-2007, 04:12 PM
I will definitely do my best to make it to the Finland tie with Jeff, hopefully it is held in Helsinki.

kukka
09-28-2007, 09:09 AM
The draw for Europe/Africa Zone Group II 2008 is complete. South Africa faces Finland, whom is seeded, with choice of venue decided by lot in the Finn's favour. First round ties are to be played on 11-13 April 2008.

I will definitely go to this tie, wherever it will be in Finland (I hope in Turku, because I live there ;) ). I wish that Wayne Ferreira would come with the team... *sigh* :D

Elina

VolandriFan
09-29-2007, 02:15 AM
Hmmm, this should be interesting, but I feel that the South Africans can pull it off.

Please everyone who sees the tie, report back here ;)

JeffCandoi
12-23-2007, 10:28 PM
Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard :D, cool team :yeah:

SA's Davis Cup shake-up

December 23 2007 at 10:32AM

By Herman Gibbs

South Africa's Davis Cup fortunes have been bolstered with the staging of training camps for the squad.

For the past few years, financial restraints made it impossible for the tennis team to train together at all.

However, now that the team has been promoted to Group 2 of the competition, funds have become available and South Africa's Davis Cup captain, John-Laffnie de Jager, will be staging training camps for the squad.

The first of these, lasting just over a week, has just run its course in Cape Town, where De Jager was assisted by international renowned clinical kinesiologist Richard Sutton, who has worked with several top tennis players like Germany's Tommy Haas and Russian Marat Safin.

Last year, the former world No 1 Martina Navratilova, praised Sutton after he treated her injured knee, which has been quite troublesome while playing celebrity events over the past few years.

De Jager has also called on a sports psychologist to assist with the players' mental conditioning while in Cape Town.

The squad also had a session with Sherylle Calder, the visual skills specialist, who was a member of the Springbok World Cup support staff. Calder first won a RWC medal in 2003, when she was a member of the England Cup staff.

The funding for the squad has improved mainly because of the results attained in 2007. South Africa made a clean sweep of the competition in the Europe/Africa Group 3, winning all five of their ties.

De Jager said the next camps would be held in February and April. South Africa is scheduled to play Finland in Helsinki on the weekend of April 11 to 13.

The squad will be built around the players that featured prominently this year, winning all five ties in Africa with whitewash margins. They are Rik de Voest, Wesley Moodie, Fritz Wolmarans, Jeff Coetzee, Kevin Anderson and Chris Haggart.

De Jager has also selected a group of promising youngsters to train with the squad, and they will provide back-up in the event of injuries.

De Voest and Moodie will be the first-choice players for the singles. De Voest has been playing steadily on the ATP tour this year and has attained a career-high world ranking of 110.

Moodie has been battling with injuries for the few months and is currently at 162 in the rankings. He reached a career-high of 57 two years ago.

Coetzee and Haggart are the key doubles players, and they will prove to be a formidable pairing next year. Both are doubles specialists, with Coetzee rated at No 29, and Haggart at 48.

However, Coetzee will be teaming up with Moodie for several tournaments in 2008.

Several Cup squad members will be playing in the Australian Open next month, and that was the main reason for choosing Cape Town as a training venue.

"We wanted to get away from the high altitude and the weather in Cape Town is similar to what the players will experience in Melbourne.

The SA team don't know what court surface to expect when they play Finland, but De Jager feels that the tie will be staged indoors. "Most of the players prefer to play on hardcourt," he said.

The two countries have only met once previously in Davis Cup competition. In 1961, South Africa defeated Finland 4-1, when Abe Segal was the team's mainstay.

http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=vn20071223091126879C733303

JeffCandoi
12-23-2007, 10:31 PM
What about Zimbabwe?. Why Ullyett doesnt play to help his country? what a shame..
any hope to zimbabwe's future?

ae wowww
12-28-2007, 08:12 AM
What about Zimbabwe?. Why Ullyett doesnt play to help his country? what a shame..
any hope to zimbabwe's future?

I think Ullyett is probably doing them a favour by not playing. This way, younger and less experienced guys get to play, and the team will also be at a realistic level. Ullyett can only do so much, plus he is getting on, and DC can be pretty demanding. He would only be around for another few more years max, and then they would be thrown in at the deep end.

Thanks a lot for the above article by the way.

kukka
12-30-2007, 01:41 PM
Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard :D, cool team :yeah:


http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=vn20071223091126879C733303

Thanks for the article. It's odd that the South Africans seem to know that the tie against Finland will be played in Helsinki. I've tried to ask from the Finnish Tennis Federation about the location and they haven't answered me... I guess it's anyway safe to assume that it will be played in Helsinki. ;)

Elina

kukka
01-11-2008, 07:51 AM
Now the Finnish tennis federation has confirmed that the tie against South Africa in April will be played in Helsinki, at the Tali tennis center. They will renew the surface of the indoor court before the tie so that it will be even slower than what it is now. I'll be going to that tie definitely. :D The tickets go to sale on 19 February.

In Finnish:

http://www.hs.fi/urheilu/tennis/artikkeli/Suomi+luottaa+Talin+hitaaseen+alustaan+Davis+Cupis sa/1135233187365
http://www.tennis.fi/main.site?action=news/view&id=3027&ngid=3

Elina :umbrella:

ae wowww
01-12-2008, 01:08 PM
Now the Finnish tennis federation has confirmed that the tie against South Africa in April will be played in Helsinki, at the Tali tennis center. They will renew the surface of the indoor court before the tie so that it will be even slower than what it is now. I'll be going to that tie definitely. :D The tickets go to sale on 19 February.

In Finnish:

http://www.hs.fi/urheilu/tennis/artikkeli/Suomi+luottaa+Talin+hitaaseen+alustaan+Davis+Cupis sa/1135233187365
http://www.tennis.fi/main.site?action=news/view&id=3027&ngid=3

Elina :umbrella:

Thanks for this. Hopefully I can get a fairly reasonable flight, and then I will almost certainly come to the tie with the boys.

kukka
03-19-2008, 08:41 AM
I bought yesterday my tickets for the Davis Cup tie against Finland in Helsinki. I will be there all three days. :D

Elina

ae wowww
04-08-2008, 08:24 AM
Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki
Stadium Capacity: 1500
11 April - 13 April 2008
Day 1: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1400 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Greenset) - Indoors
Ball Type: Dunlop Fort All Court

Finland
Jarkko Nieminen
Juho Paukku
Timo Nieminen
Henri Kontinen

South Africa
Kevin Anderson
Rik de Voest
Wesley Moodie
Jeff Coetzee

ae wowww
04-10-2008, 05:44 PM
Friday (April 11)
Juho Paukku (FIN) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Rik de Voest (RSA)

Saturday (April 12)
Henri Kontinen/Timo Nieminen (FIN) vs Jeff Coetzee/Wesley Moodie (RSA)

Sunday (April 13)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Juho Paukku (FIN) vs Rik de Voest (RSA)

ae wowww
04-10-2008, 08:18 PM
http://www.satennis.co.za/images/getimage.aspx?id=0d6daba4-9958-4dad-a54a-25e95d701add

http://www.satennis.co.za/images/getimage.aspx?id=b412e078-1a78-4502-95b9-f2a8718bd5eb

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v236/136/81/709817802/n709817802_776192_6264.jpg

ae wowww
04-11-2008, 07:05 PM
Earlier in the day, Kev won 60 64 76(5) against Paukku, then Rik lost 4 3 and 5 to Nieminen. All to play for in the doubles tomorrow, good luck boys.

kukka
04-11-2008, 10:06 PM
I was today at Helsinki to watch the matches. It was great! And Jeff Coetzee got a one new fan of me. ;-) But now it's too late to write more... I need some sleep so I can stay awake during the doubles. I'll write an report and post some pics tomorrow evening. =)

Elina

ae wowww
04-12-2008, 02:39 PM
JC & Wes got the win today 46 61 64 62 to put SA 2-1 up. Hopefully Kev and Rik can both bring out the wins tomorrow.

ae wowww
04-12-2008, 07:41 PM
Supertennis.co.za - SA win doubles after scare

Overcoming an early shock in front of an enthusiastic, capacity crowd at the Tali Tennis Centre, the well-tuned doubles combination of Wesley Moodie and Jeff Coetzee gave South Africa what could prove a decisive 2-1 lead in the Euro-Africa Group 2 Davis Cup tie in Helsinki on Saturday afternoon.

Moodie and Coetzee, the ATP's fifth-most successful doubles combination this year, took the loss of the first set in their stride against Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen and ran out comfortable 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 winners in the end.

"This was possibly the pivotal match of the entire tie," said South African team captain, John-Laffnie de Jager from Helsinki. "We're taking nothing for granted, but we should be able to win at least one of the two reverse singles matches and tie up the match."

In a game between the respective countries' number one players, South Africa's Kevin Anderson faces the formidable 26th world-ranked Nieminen on Sunday, followed by a scheduled match between Rik de Voest and Juho Paukko.

Anderson and Nieminen both won their opening matches in straight sets on Friday. The winner of the tie in Helsinki will face either Denmark or Luxembourg in a continuation of a quest to gain promotion to the Davis Cup's Euro-Africa Group 1 next year.

ae wowww
04-12-2008, 07:46 PM
Denmark are 3-0 up against Luxembourg, so if SA wins tomorrow, they play Denmark in July. In 2003, SA played Denmark in Denmark, so therefore the tie would be a home one for the boys.

kukka
04-12-2008, 08:36 PM
My apologies, but I don't have time to write full report of the Finland vs. South Africa tie today. I'll do it tomorrow (if the matches don't last long) or on Monday. But here are some of the best things...

I went to the tennis hall on Friday thinking that I won't support either team but just enjoy good tennis. That didn't happen... I ended up supporting mostly South Africa. I was very glad that Kevin Anderson beat Juho Paukku. But I was also glad that Jarkko Nieminen beat Rik de Voest. That's because now we'll have a live rubber on Sunday. ;)

The first thing good happened after the matches on Friday. I wanted to get autographs from the SA players. I first got one from Kevin and then from Jeff Coetzee. I also wished Jeff good luck for the doubles and said that I'm looking forward that match. He was very very nice and said that if I'd clap for them during doubles he would hit a nice shot for me. I of course told him that I would support them. :)

Then today at the doubles match I supported Jeff and Wesley Moodie. Not too loudly, because I didn't want to look too unpatriotic. ;) As you know they ended up winning in four sets. After the match I went to stand next to the SA team because I wanted an autograph from Wesley. But he had to do an interview... So surprisingly Jeff came to me and gave one of his (used) shirts to me. :eek: :D I was so surprised! I couldn't have expected anything like that. But now I have a team South Africa shirt. =)

I'll get you some photos soon... It's getting late again and I need to get sleep before tomorrow. ;)

But Jeff is absolutely one of my favourite players now!!! :D

Elina

ae wowww
04-13-2008, 07:17 PM
SA through:

Anderson d. Nieminen 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3
de Voest d. Kontinen 4-6 6- 6-3

kukka
04-14-2008, 08:48 AM
Davis Cup Finland vs. South Africa
Helsinki, Finland
11-13 April, 2008

Here’s a report of my Davis Cup weekend in Helsinki. I also took some pics but my camera is not that good for photographing indoors without a flash. So most of the pics were very messy. Some of adequate ones you can find from here:

http://www.delphine.org/~toni/davis/?slideshow_mode=1&size=small#slideshow


Friday 11 April

I arrived to the Tali Tennis Centre just before the start of the first match. I decided to go sit on the seats behind the South African team although there the seats were not that comfortable than on the other side of the court. The first match featured Kevin Anderson and Juho Paukku. Kevin has had some impressive results lately so I was looking forward to see him play. And he did play well, although this was the first time he was playing in Davis Cup. Juho was nervous in the first set and couldn’t hold his serve. And Kevin was serving very efficiently. The rest of the SA team (captain John-Laffnie de Jager, Jeff Coetzee, Wesley Moodie, Rik de Voest and two other guys) were supporting Kevin loudly. The stands were full (over thousand spectators) but the support for Juho was not that enthusiastic. Before coming to the tie I had thought that I would just enjoy the matches and not support either team over the other. That didn’t happen… I was supporting much more South Africa, not loudly, but clapping for points they won. I didn’t want to look too unpatriotic, so I didn’t shout anything aloud to the players. ;-) After Kevin took the first set easily, Juho started to play better. Not enough to beat Kevin but at least the last two sets were more competitive and nicer to watch. I think Kevin faced only two break points during the whole match. I can very easily see that Kevin can soon reach at least top 50 ranking. He serves well and despite his height (2.0 m) he moves well on the court.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) def. Juho Paukku (FIN) 6-0, 6-4, 7-6(5)


In the second match there was again a clear difference between the players in their level of play. Jarkko Nieminen has finally recovered from the virus infection he had two months ago and he was clearly better than Rik de Voest. The spectators were now supporting Jarkko loudly. Rik didn’t play badly, it was just that Jarkko played better than him. The SA team supported Rik (as did I), but in the end I was glad that Jarkko won. Now we’ll have at least one live rubber on Sunday.

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) def. Rik de Voest (RSA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-5


After the second match the SA team remained by the court so I went to ask some autographs. I first got one from Kevin Anderson and congratulated him from the nice win. He seems like a nice boy, maybe a bit shy. Then I asked an autograph from Jeff Coetzee. I also wished Jeff good luck for the doubles and said that I'm looking forward that match. He was very very nice and said that if I'd clap for them during doubles he would hit a nice shot for me. I of course told him that I would support them. I didn’t ask for more autographs because the other players were busy with interviews with the media. I’ll have time to ask those tomorrow or Sunday.


Saturday 12 April

Today I went to sit closer to the court so that Jeff can see that I’m supporting them. :-) The stands were not full for the doubles, mainly because it was beautiful spring day outside and lots of people wanted to enjoy the sunny weather. The Finnish team of Jarkko Nieminen and Henri Kontinen started the match well. Henri is only 17 years old but he has some promise. He’s not afraid to take chances with his shots. I guess Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie were a bit surprised about that and the Finnish team took the first set when they managed to break Jeff once. I was not worried about the South Africans. I knew that they would hold or improve their level while I assumed that at least Henri can’t play on that level for long. And that’s exactly what happened. After the first set Henri couldn’t hold his serve at all and also Jarkko was more in trouble. So in the end, a good win for Jeff and Wesley in four sets. I enjoyed the match. There were some superb rallies. Wesley was serving well and Jeff did hit some awesome shots, like one between his legs when he chased a lob. After the match I went to stand next to the SA team because I wanted an autograph from Wesley. But he had to do an interview for TV first. So surprisingly Jeff came to me and gave one of his (used) shirts to me. I was so surprised! I couldn't have expected anything like that. But now I have a team South Africa shirt. :-) And I did get the autograph from Wesley and congratulated him for the win. He seemed like a very nice guy, too. I’m now a fan of both of them, especially Jeff. ;-)

Jeff Coetzee & Wesley Moodie (RSA) def. Henri Kontinen & Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2


Sunday 13 April

I went to sit on the same place I was yesterday. The first match was between Jarkko Nieminen and Kevin Anderson. I had a feeling that it could be a long match. They both started well, maybe in the first set Kevin wasn’t serving as well as in his first match. But they had some nice rallies. In the end Jarkko won the first set. The second set started even and both played well. When Jarkko was serving at 3-4, the chair umpire overruled a long ball. Jarkko got very angry for that because it gave Kevin a break point. He even yelled some not so nice words to the umpire. There were throughout the match some bad calls from the young line umpires, and I can understand that it’s frustrating to the players. Anyway, Kevin won the break point and served convincingly to take the second set. After that incident Jarkko was not playing well at all in the third set. He seemed slow and frustrated. It could be also because he hasn’t been able to practice well after the virus infection. So the third set went easily to Kevin. In the fourth set Jarkko played a bit better but so did Kevin, who served very well. Kevin hadn’t showed any emotions during the match but when he finally won the fourth set and clinched the tie for South Africa, he jumped in the air hands high and had the biggest smile on his face. :-) The whole SA team had supported him throughout the match and came on court to congratulate him. The match had been quite long (over 2.5 hours) so I had to take a walk before the final match to stretch my legs. Thus, I didn’t have a chance to say anything to the SA players, they were too busy talking to each other and I didn’t want to interrupt them.

Kevin Anderson (RSA) def. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3


The fifth rubber featured Henri Kontinen and Rik de Voest. The SA team clearly had had confidence in Kevin in the previous match because they all stayed sitting courtside throughout the match. So Rik hadn’t warmed up at all before his match and there was only a 20 minutes break between the matches. On the other hand, Henri had nothing to lose and he started very well, just like in doubles yesterday. In the first set Rik hit lots of unforced errors, no doubt because he had been sitting almost three hours still before the match. So, the first set went to Henri. There had been full stands in the first match, but only maybe half of them stayed to watch this. In the second set Rik started to find his shots again and Henri couldn’t continue his high level from the first set. Both of the players were very relaxed throughout the match, so it was nice to watch, although they didn’t play that good tennis. Rik was joking with the other SA players during changeovers. In the end Rik won the second and third sets and gave South Africa a 4-1 win over Finland. Jeff and Wesley had already left during the match (I guess they had a plane to catch) so I didn’t have a chance to congratulate them. But I did congratulate Rik for his win and got his autograph. He seemed like a nice guy, as well, smiling a lot and supported his team-mates enthusiastically whole weekend. In the end I had a very nice time at the Davis Cup tie. I hope that in the future I can see the South African team in action again. :-)

Rik de Voest (RSA) def Henri Kontinen (FIN) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

tennis2018
04-14-2008, 08:59 AM
I think your pics r super thanx!!

ae wowww
04-14-2008, 05:45 PM
Thanks a lot for report and pictures, glad you enjoyed yourself so much! :yeah:

Jozie
04-15-2008, 03:38 PM
Many thanks for the report and pics Elina. Really is appreciated. :D

10K Futures Qualifier
05-22-2008, 04:26 PM
wayne ferriera is a class act

ae wowww
07-19-2008, 10:00 PM
Venue: Emperors Palace, Johannesburg
Stadium (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=127602#) Capacity: 1400
Date: 18 July - 20 July 2008
Day 1: 1000 hrs (0800 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1330 hrs (1130 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1000 hrs (0800 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Cement) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open

South Africa
Kevin ANDERSON
Rik DE VOEST
Izak VAN DER MERWE
Jeff COETZEE
Team Captain: John-Laffnie DE JAGER

Denmark
Frederik NIELSEN
Martin PEDERSEN
Rasmus NORBY
Thomas KROMANN
Team Captain: John LARSEN

Head to head: South Africa is tied with Denmark 2-2

tie information: http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100010196

ae wowww
07-19-2008, 10:00 PM
R1 - K.ANDERSON (RSA) v M.PEDERSEN (DEN)
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) v F.NIELSEN (DEN)
R3 - J.COETZEE / I.VAN DER MERWE (RSA) v F.NIELSEN / R.NORBY (DEN)
R4 - K.ANDERSON (RSA) v F.NIELSEN (DEN)
R5 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) v M.PEDERSEN (DEN)

ae wowww
07-19-2008, 10:03 PM
R1 - K.ANDERSON (RSA) def. M.PEDERSEN (DEN) 7-6(5) 7-5 6-2
R2 - R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. F.NIELSEN (DEN) 6-3 6-2 6-2
R3 - J.COETZEE / R.DE VOEST (RSA) def. F.NIELSEN/R.NORBY (DEN) 7-6(3), 7-5, 4-6, 7-5

ae wowww
07-20-2008, 06:58 PM
Dead rubbers Sunday

Kevin Anderson (RSA) d. Thomas Kromann (DEN) 6-1 6-3
Ikaz van der Merwe (RSA) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 7-6(10) 6-4


South Africa 5-0 Denmark

kukka
07-21-2008, 01:26 PM
Well done, South Africa! Nice to see so one-sided scoreline. ;)

Elina

Ivanatis
07-28-2008, 04:31 PM
Kev succeeded in qualifying for Cincy:D

1st round Bolelli

tt boy
08-20-2008, 04:55 PM
and then falls in 2 to this lapenti stiff in us open qual :mad::confused:

Ivanatis
10-15-2008, 03:20 PM
Anderson lost in Kolding Challenger in straight sets to Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop, tough time right now :(

Ivanatis
11-14-2008, 05:22 PM
Kev made the QF in Champaign challenger by beating Mike Russell in straights :)

next Carsten Ball

Ivanatis
11-16-2008, 03:23 PM
defeats Ball and Odesnik :yeah:

final versus Asian-American Kevin Kim

Ivanatis
11-16-2008, 10:10 PM
after New Orleans '07 2nd challenger title for Kevin :woohoo:

tennis2018
03-04-2010, 08:45 AM
bunch of South Africans played in Delray this year...saw Coetzee only briefly but De Voest was all over the place..nice guys hope they come back again!!!!