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Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 09:36 PM
This is a thread to discuss Lleyton's efforts for Australia in the Davis Cup this year :) Hopefully it will last a few ties :o

First up we're hosting Austria in Sydney from 4-6 March (I think)! Will they pull Scott Draper off the golf course or will Lleyton be forced to play all 4 singles matches himself? ;)

dagmar7
02-08-2005, 09:39 PM
Great minds, Jane. :o

I shall delete my thread. It's title is a bit much anyway. ;)

I wonder if Mark has another miracle comeback in him.

Turkeyballs Paco
02-08-2005, 09:41 PM
I'm not ready to give up on Mark yet! Hopefully, he'll be ready.

Jess
02-08-2005, 09:47 PM
Good luck to Lleyton and Australia :)

Also good look to New Zealand in their epic Asia/Oceania Zone II clash against the tennis giant that is Kazakhstan :)

dagmar7
02-08-2005, 09:48 PM
I hope so.

I'm not kidding. I am scared of Juergen Melzer.

Todd Reid seem to be taking a long time to blossom. I certainly haven't given up on him. Look at Alicia Molik - some players just take time, but he doesn't seem to be at all ready.

I worry about the doubles too. The team, aside from Lleyton, is getting very ancient in tennis terms.

Help! I can't figure out how to delete my thread.

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 09:50 PM
:lol: sorry about the duplication Dagmar :o I like your thread title :lol: but maybe this one will look better next week ;)

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 09:51 PM
I haven't given up on Mark but I think he's injured and he's unlikely to come back just for Davis Cup.

Jess
02-08-2005, 09:57 PM
What's the official story with Mark? Is he injured or just not playing?

Socket
02-08-2005, 10:01 PM
I think that Mark's status is "day to day." He was injured right before the Aussie Open, but I haven't seen anything definitive recently.

If Scott Draper is being considered for the second singles position, that should tell you that John Fitzgerald is close to the end of his rope with Mark. Even if Mark is healthy, his self-confidence has taken such a hit over the last year that Fitzgerald must consider it very risky to play him.

Murkofan
02-08-2005, 10:03 PM
Maybe Andrew Ilie will come back :p

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 10:12 PM
:lol: I liked Ilie :)

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 10:14 PM
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200502/s1297911.htm

Sounds like Mark is not sure himself whether he'll be OK.

Murkofan
02-08-2005, 10:14 PM
Everyone liked Ilie. He's like the male Aussie version of Mo Drake :p

Maybe Nathan Healey or Peter Luczak will play :p Or maybe Ll and Roger will play the dubs :eek: :p

Socket
02-08-2005, 10:14 PM
Here's a question for discussion: if and when Woodbridge retires, should Lleyton stop playing DC like Agassi (until this year), Federer, Henman and Moya have? Is there something to be said for his not wasting his energy on a losing cause when he needs to be battling the top guys?

Murkofan
02-08-2005, 10:17 PM
He should, but he won't.

Jess
02-08-2005, 10:18 PM
Here's a question for discussion: if and when Woodbridge retires, should Lleyton stop playing DC like Agassi (until this year), Federer, Henman and Moya have? Is there something to be said for his not wasting his energy on a losing cause when he needs to be battling the top guys?

Hmm... interesting.

I guess there would be some sensible reasons for him giving up for a while - the unlikelihood of them getting anywhere near winning with only one decent player in the team and the energy it takes.

However I think Davis Cup means such a lot to Lleyton that he'd rather sacrifice important tournaments and ranking points (if it came to it) to play in a DC tie - even a lower division DC tie.

I think he'll play DC as long as the team bosses want him to play DC.

Turkeyballs Paco
02-08-2005, 10:19 PM
Philippoussis sees light
February 8, 2005

MARK Philippoussis' troubled season has finally taken a positive turn with the promise of a wildcard into Scottsdale in two weeks.

The dual Davis Cup winner has not played since injuring his groin during the Hopman Cup last month, forcing him to miss the Australian Open.

But, after entering San Jose and deciding not to sign-on, Philippoussis is understood to have been guaranteed a start in Arizona.

The February 21-27 tournament is run by Pete Sampras' brother Gus, an employee of International Management Group which handles Philippoussis' interests.

Languishing at 203 in the world after a rankings fall of 79 places, Philippoussis is entitled to a protected entry ranking of 109.

But the Wimbledon and US Open finalist remains on the fringes of Davis Cup selection as support to Lleyton Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur are aware of explosive Philippoussis' capabilities - just as they know how little tennis he has played over the past six months.

Unable to win a match since falling to Tim Henman in the fourth round of Wimbledon, Philippoussis won just 11 matches in a miserable 2004.

Philippoussis hopes to contest the first of the ATP Masters Series in Indian Wells, California, from March 7 - a day after Australia's first-round Davis Cup tie.

World No.2 Hewitt will request a late start in the Californian desert after facing Austria in Sydney from March 4-6.

Unless Philippoussis can make use of wildcard invitations to rebuild his ranking, he will have to either revert to the secondary Challenger circuit or retire.

The Melburnian declared in Perth after his injury he could contentedly walk away from a game which has delivered acclaim and condemnation in equal measure.

The Daily Telegraph

dagmar7
02-08-2005, 10:24 PM
Thanks for posting that article. So it looks like there may be a chance for Mark, after all.

That's good to hear confirmation that Lleyton is planning on playing Indian Wells. :)

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 10:24 PM
I'm not sure Lleyton would even understand the question ;)

Seriously, if he had a chance at #1 or was injured or something, he might consider sitting out some ties. But he seems to derive pleasure and motivation from it so I don't think there's any reason he would retire from DC permanently.

dagmar7
02-08-2005, 10:34 PM
He's more likely to retire from the tour and just play Davis Cup, if this is possible....although he seems to be enjoying the tour more these days. :)

Jackie
02-09-2005, 05:33 AM
I'm not ready to give up on Mark yet! Hopefully, he'll be ready.

I havn't given up on him. He just needs to stop getting injured and get used to playing matches again

Björki
02-09-2005, 06:02 AM
Hopefully Wayno will play :bounce:

Lisbeth
02-09-2005, 06:07 AM
I think they'll certainly pick Wayne to play doubles at least, if not singles since he IS the Aussie #2!

flip_fan
02-09-2005, 08:01 AM
I havn't given up on him. He just needs to stop getting injured and get used to playing matches again

yep.. fitness and some confidence. The talent is still there but the spirit has been broken. Im not too confident about DC... it depends on his fitness. I kinda feel sorry for mark if he does play cause really he should be focussing on his career and ranking, and not putting himself in a high pressure DC match.

all it will take for mark to turn it around is better fitness and some confidence.

FanOfHewitt
02-09-2005, 11:36 AM
Here's a question for discussion: if and when Woodbridge retires, should Lleyton stop playing DC like Agassi (until this year), Federer, Henman and Moya have? Is there something to be said for his not wasting his energy on a losing cause when he needs to be battling the top guys?

Well, if we are that bad in DC then we won't be playing many ties anyway so I think Lleyton should hang in there and see what happens. He will always be a chance to win his two rubbers and then all we need is 1 win out of 3 matches.

For what it's worth I think Woodbridge should do a Navratolova and keep playing for another decade or two. lol, Arthurs can join him as well so long as he can keep on doing his double-jointed, elastic-arm serves.

dagmar7
02-09-2005, 02:25 PM
I have to think that Australian tennis will start looking up at some point. With all the interest in the country, the resources etc...there must be some youngsters out there with promise.

It's nice to see the women coming into their own this year with the success of Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur.

I still haven't given up on Todd Reid.

star
02-09-2005, 04:58 PM
Chris Guccione. What happened to him?

I've pretty much given up on Reid.

Lisbeth
02-09-2005, 09:53 PM
Guccione was playing earlier this year. Reid's been sick so I wouldn't write him off yet but he hasn't lived up to the hype.

thelma
02-09-2005, 10:09 PM
An old article...

Arthurs ready to fill breach in Davis Cup
By Richard Hinds
January 11, 2005

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis/Arthurs-ready-to-fill-breach-in-Davis-Cup/2005/01/10/1105206047932.html?oneclick=true

At 33 and in his tennis dotage, Wayne Arthurs has reached a time when every win might be his last. So he could be forgiven for his uncharacteristically exuberant reaction to yesterday's three-set victory over Italian Filippo Volandri - hitting a ball up into the cheap seats after his first singles win in four attempts at the Sydney International.

Given the depleted stocks of Australian men's tennis right now, Arthurs' performance could also prompt a few celebrations by Australia's Davis Cup selectors.

In early March, Arthurs will return to the Sydney International Tennis Centre with the Australian team to play Austria in a first-round tie on a drop-in grasscourt. If Mark Philippoussis has not recovered his fitness - and form - by then, Arthurs again may be prevailed upon to play singles.

Arthurs says that prospect has not occupied his thoughts. He is proud of his grand slam record and a good performance at the Australian Open is still uppermost in his mind. But, just as he was in the deciding rubber of the 2001 final against France when Pat Rafter withdrew because of injury, Arthurs said he would be happy to fill the breach.

"I'm ready to play singles if Mark is not," he said. "I mean, I always have been, I've never backed down from playing singles for Australia."

Arthurs is motivated this year by the prospect of a good Davis Cup campaign, particularly playing doubles with Todd Woodbridge. But he says his future as a singles player is now dependent on his ranking and he will only play as long as it allows him entry to decent tournaments.

"It all depends on my ranking whether I play two more years, one more year, six

months or whatever it is," he said.

__________________________________________________ ______________

Draper waits on Davis Cup selectors
February 4, 2005 - 3:09PM

http://theage.com.au/articles/2005/02/04/1107476787359.html

Gifted sporting allrounder Scott Draper expects to know within a week whether he can spend the next two months focusing solely on golf or if he is required for Davis Cup tennis duties.

Draper the right-handed golfer has entered the New Zealand Open, New Zealand PGA and Jacobs Creek Classic Australasian PGA Tour events, as well as the secondary tour's Victorian PGA, NSW PGA and Toyota Southern Classic, a jammed schedule that will keep him on the course until the end of March.

But Draper the left-handed tennis player is also close to selection for Australia's first round Davis Cup tie against Austria in Sydney from March 4-6.

The 30-year-old impressed Davis Cup coach Wally Masur with his successful return to the courts at the Australian Open after 14 months out with a knee injury.

Although he bowed out in the first round of the singles, Draper showcased his undoubted talent with a narrow four-set loss to Spanish 13th seed Tommy Robredo before teaming with fellow Queenslander Samantha Stosur to win the mixed doubles title.

There is even speculation that Draper may have jumped the queue to be a contender for the second singles spot behind his great mate and world No.2 Lleyton Hewitt.

With Mark Philippoussis in the midst of his deep form slump, Todd Reid still trying to retrieve his career after a battle with glandular fever and 33-year-old Wayne Arthurs on the decline and concentrating mostly on doubles, finding a worthy No.2 singles player is proving difficult for Masur and Australian captain John Fitzgerald.

"I'm available. It just depends if Fitzy wants me while I'm trying to do two things," Draper said.

Draper has slipped to 1063rd in the world tennis rankings but can still enter tournaments on a injury-protected ranking of 104, as he did for the Australian Open.

That injury-protected ranking makes Draper Australia's No.2 player ahead of Arthurs (109), Peter Luczak (152), Philippoussis (203) and Reid (227).

Draper last played Davis Cup in 2002 when he pushed world No.15 Guillermo Canas to five sets in the depleted Australian team's 0-5 humbling at the hands of Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Fitzgerald and Masur have much faith in Draper, who held a series of match points against world No.1 Roger Federer in the Cincinnati Masters in one of his last matches before succumbing to injury in October 2003.

Also favouring Draper is his ability to play on grass, the surface for the clash with Austria, as proven by his 1997 triumph at Queen's, the Wimbledon lead-up event.

Philippoussis remains the x-factor in the Davis Cup jigsaw puzzle.

Masur said last month he would be prepared to gamble on the dual grand slam runner-up, providing he had recovered from a groin tear that forced him out of the Australian Open.

"He's a pretty mercurial character. No-one doubts what he's capable of," Masur said last month.

"One thing about Mark that just sort of highlights what he's capable of is that Davis Cup final (against Spain in 2003).

"I mean, he actually had a tear in his pectoral muscle. When he finished playing, he had a lump the size of a tennis ball in his chest on the right-hand side.

"I've never seen anything like it and he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-0 (in the deciding set).

"It was an extraordinary effort. He's certainly not a player to be overlooked."

Philippoussis has entered the Arizona Men's Classic in Scottsdale starting on February 22, the last ATP event before the weekend of Davis Cup ties around the world, but mystery surrounds his availability.

"Wally and Fitzy have got to make a few phone calls to see how he is and what not and then they'll go from there," Draper said.

"We'll know in the next few days. They said they would name the team some time next week."

A Tennis Australian spokesperson said although the players may be advised of the team privately next week, the team was unlikely to be announced publicly until 10 days before the tie, as ITF rules stipulate.

Jackie
02-10-2005, 01:53 AM
yep.. fitness and some confidence. The talent is still there but the spirit has been broken. Im not too confident about DC... it depends on his fitness. I kinda feel sorry for mark if he does play cause really he should be focussing on his career and ranking, and not putting himself in a high pressure DC match.

all it will take for mark to turn it around is better fitness and some confidence.

Maybe the Davis Cup environment is what he needs. I don't think it will happen until he starts to show some better form, but he did express some interest in playing doubles with Lleyton

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:45 AM
This is from www.tennisaustralia.com.au - follow the links to "Davis Cup" then "The Aussies". There's more info and pics on the site :)

LLEYTON HEWITT

2003 record: Australia d Spain (World Group Final) Hewitt d Ferrero 3-6 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-0) 6-2 Australia d Switzerland 3-2 Hewitt d Kratochvil 6-4 6-4 6-1 Hewitt d Federer 57 26 76(4) 75 61 Australia d Sweden 5-0 (QF - Malmo, Sweden) Hewitt d Enqvist 6-4 6-2 5-7 6-4 Australia beat Great Britain 4-1 (First Round - Sydney) Hewitt d Alex Bogdanovic 7-5 6-1 6-2 Hewitt/Woodbridge d MacLagan/Parmar 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-2

Born: 24 February 1981 Adelaide, SA Resides: Adelaide, SA Height: 180cm Weight: 68kg Plays: Right-handed Highest singles world ranking: 1 (November 2001) Highest doubles world ranking: 18 (October 2000) Year-end singles ranking 2003: No.17 Coach: Roger Rasheed

Best results:

2004 singles: Won Sydney; 4r Australian Open

2003 singles: R/U Hopman Cup (w/Alicia Molik); 4r Australian Open; Won Scottsdale, Indian Wells; 3r French Open; QF Queen's Club; 1r Wimbledon; R/U Los Angeles; QF US Open.Doubles - R/U Scottsdale (w/Mark Philippoussis); QF Queen's (w/Philippoussis)

2002 singles - Won Wimbledon; 1r Australian Open; 4r French Open; SF US Open; Won San Jose, Indian Wells, Queen's, Masters Cup; R/U Cincinnati Masters; Paris Masters;SF Miami, Barcelona; QF Hamburg, 's-Hertogenbosch, Japan

2001 singles - Won Sydney, Queen's, 's-Hertogenbosch, US Open, Tokyo Outdoor; S/F Scottsdale, Indian Wells, Miami, Hamburg, Cincinnati, Stuttgart; QF Adelaide, San Jose, French Open; 4r Wimbledon Doubles - SF Miami (w/Rafter); QF Rome (w/Andre Agassi), Cincinnati (w/Andrew Florent) Won Tennis Masters Cup and finished 2001 ranked No.1 in the world

2000 singles - Won Adelaide, Sydney, Scottsdale, Queen’s; R/U Stuttgart; S/F Miami, Rome, Indianapolis, US Open, Basel Doubles - Won US Open (w/ Max Mirnyi), Indianapolis (w/Sandon Stolle), Hamburg (w/Patrick Rafter)

Davis Cup: Debuted 1999. Played 16 ties over five years. Win-loss 26-6 (23-5 singles, 3-1 doubles)

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:46 AM
MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS

Born: 7 November 1976 Melbourne, VIC Resides: Miami, Florida, USA Height: 193cm Weight: 91kg Plays: Right-handed Best singles world ranking: 8 (April 1999) Best doubles world ranking: 18 (August 1997) 2003 singles year-end ranking: No.9

Best Results:

2004: Quarterfinals adidas International; 4r Australian Open

2003 singles: 3r Australian Open; 4r Miami Tennis Masters; QF Hamburg Tennis Masters; 2r French Open; R/Up Wimbledon; SF Los Angeles; Won Shanghai Open - Doubles R/U Scottsdale (w/Lleyton Hewitt); QF Queen's (w/Hewitt).

2002 singles -R/U Adelaide; 4r Wimbledon; 2r Australian Open, French Open; 2r Memphis; 1r Monte Carlo; 3r Queen's.

2001 singles - Won Memphis; 3r Miami.

2000 singles - Won San Jose; R/U Hong Kong, Paris; SF Indian Wells; 4r Australian Open, French Open; QF Wimbledon.

Davis Cup: Debuted 1995. Played 11 ties over six years. Win-loss 13-7 (13-7 singles). Was a member of Australia's championship side in 1999 (against France in Nice) and in 2003 (against Spain in Melbourne).

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:47 AM
Wayne :inlove: Arthurs

Born: 18 March 1971 Adelaide, SA Resides: Middlesex, England Height: 191cm Weight: 80g Plays: Left-handed Highest singles world ranking: 44 (July 2001) Highest doubles world ranking: 11 (2003) Year-end singles ranking 2003: 85 Coach: Brent Larkham

Best Results:

2004 singles - 2r Adelaide, 2r Australian Open

2003 singles - SF Shanghai; Copenhagen; 2r Australian Open (ret.injured); QF Nottingham Doubles - Won Rome Tennis Masters and Paris, Rotterdam, Shanghai (w/Paul Hanley); SF French Open (w/Hanley); R/U Cincinnati Tennis Masters, Stockholm (w/Hanley); QF Queen's (W/Hanley); QF Wimbledon, Montreal TMS (w/Hanley)

2002 singles – 4r Wimbledon; 1r Australian Open; 2r French Open (defeated Andy Roddick in first round - five sets); QF San Jose; QF Houston; 3r Cincinnati Masters (defeated Pete Sampras in the second round)

Doubles - R/U Hong Kong (w/ Andrew Kratzamann), Stockholm Open (w/Paul Hanley); SF Munich (w/ Hanley); QF French Open (w/Hanley)

2001 singles - 3r Australian Open; 4r French Open; SF Delray Beach; QF Munich, Nottingham Doubles – R/U Adelaide (w/Todd Woodbridge); SF Australian Open (w/Nenad Zimonjic)

2000 singles - Won Surbiton, Wrexham Ch; SF Newport; QF Washington; 4r singles US Open

Davis Cup: Debuted 1999. Played 12 ties over five years. Win-loss 11-5 (7-2 singles 4-3 doubles)

Career/Personal: Wayne Sean Arthurs has always been full of surprises. After turning 30, his ranking improved to a career-high 44 halfway through 2001 and he serve-volleyed his way into the fourth round at Roland Garros. He first came to international attention in 1999 after a phenomenal Wimbledon where he rode his now legendary monster serve through qualifying to the fourth round without once dropping it. Former Australian Davis Cup coach John Newcombe subsequently selected Wayne for the semifinal tie in Brisbane against Russia. His debut was sensational: he defeated both Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin to help propel the Aussies to Nice for the final, where they captured tennis’s Holy Grail. Wayne again stepped in for Davis Cup honours throughout 2000 and 2001 and helped Australia win its third World Team Cup in Dusseldorf. He has been a regular in the Davis Cup for 2003.

Arthurs is the son of former Irish Davis Cup player Derek Arthurs, who competed from 1962-66. His father also played squash for Ireland and later captained the South Australian badminton team when the family moved to Adelaide. He enjoys golf, windsurfing and monitoring the stock exchange.

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:49 AM
Todd Woodbridge

Born: April 2, 1971 Sydney, Australia Resides: Orlando, USA; Sydney Height: 178cm Weight: 75kg Plays: Right-handed Highest singles world ranking: 19 (July 4, 1997) Highest doubles world ranking: 1 (July 6, 1992) Year-end doubles ranking 2003: No.5 Coach: Desmond Tyson

Best results

2004 doubles - Won Sydney (w/Bjorkman)

2003 doubles - Won Halle, Wimbledon, US Open, Stockholm (w/Bjorkman) ; SF Dubai, Indian Wells (TMS), Rotterdam (w/Bjorkman), Chennai (Bhupathi), Montreal TMS (w/Bjorkman).

2002 doubles – Won Auckland, Monte Carlo, Wimbledon, Bastad (w/Jonas Bjorkman); 2r Australian Open (w/Bjorkman); Finalist TMS Hamburg, Halle (w/Bjorkman); SF TMS Indian Wells, Delray Beach, US Open, TMS Madrid, TMS Paris (w/Bjorkman)

2001 singles -S/F Ho Chi Minh, Kyoto (Japan) Ch; 3r Queen’s; 2r Wimbledon Doubles – Won Australian Open (w/Bjorkman); Won TMS Monte Carlo, Hamburg (w/Bjorkman); R/U Adelaide (w/Wayne Arthurs), Sydney (w/Jonas Bjorkman), TMS Indian Wells, Miami (w/Bjorkman); QF Roland Garros (w/Bjorkman); R16 Wimbledon (w/Bjorkman); SF TMS Cincinnati (w/Bjorkman); R16 US Open (w/Bjorkman); R/U Stockholm (w/Bjorkman); Won US Open Mixed (w/Rennae Stubbs)

2000 Singles - Won Singapore Ch; S/F Manchester Ch Doubles – Won Adelaide, Sydney, TMS Miami, TMS Hamburg, French Open, Queen’s, Wimbledon, Cincinnati (w/Mark Woodforde)

Davis Cup: Debuted 1991.Played a record 29 ties over 12 years. 26-10 win-loss (3-4 singles, 23-6 doubles). Played doubles with Mark Woodforde when Australia won the Cup at Nice in 2000 and with Wayne Arthurs when Australian won the Cup at Melbourne in 2003. Olympics: Gold medallist Atlanta 1996 Olympics, silver medallist Sydney 2000.

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:50 AM
John Fitzgerald
Optus Australian Davis Cup captain

Born: 28 December 1960, Cummins, South Australia
Lives: Melbourne, Victoria

Having taken over the reigns as captain of the Optus Australian Davis Cup team from John Newcombe in 2001, John Fitzgerald has now led his team to two finals in three years. And like the three remaining players from the 2001 final loss to France, Fitzgerald will be looking to replace the devastation felt on that occasion with the jubilation that can only come with a Davis Cup victory.

As a player, "Fitzy" experienced that jubilation on two occasions – in Australia’s 1983 and 1986 victories over Sweden. Those ties were two of the ten that Fitzgerald contested between 1982 and 1990, in which time he compiled a 7-3 win-loss record in singles and an 8-6 record in doubles.

Perhaps the greatest two wins among those figures came from Fitzgerald’s defeats of Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah in a home semi-final tie against France in 1983, helping Australia through to what would turn out to be a victorious final later that year.

Outside of Davis Cup, Fitzgerald enjoyed a successful career in both singles and doubles. He reached World. No.1 in doubles, amassing 30 titles, including seven Grand Slam titles. Added to that were six singles titles, with a career high ranking of No.25 in the world.


John Fitzgerald was part of the
Australian team that won the 1983
and 1987 Davis Cup final.

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:51 AM
And here you go Dagmar :angel:

Wally Masur
Optus Australian Davis Cup coach

Born: 13 May 1963, Southampton, England.
Lives: Sydney, New South Wales.

Wally Masur took over from Tony Roche as Australian Davis Cup coach at the same time John Fitzgerald became captain, forming a leadership duo with plenty to offer in terms of Davis Cup experience.

Masur played Davis Cup for Australia in 16 ties compiling an overall win-loss record of 17-15 (16-14 in singles, 1-1 in doubles). Ironically, Masur’s most famous Davis Cup performance is the same as Fitzgerald’s, only seven years later. At Australia’s first round tie against France in 1990, Masur beat both Noah and Leconte in thrilling five-setters to set up a 3-2 Australian victory.

On the professional tour, Masur notched up three singles titles – at Hong Kong, Adelaide and Newport – and reached the semi-finals of Grand Slam tournaments on two occasions. The first was at the Australian Open in 1987, the second at the US Open in 1993.

He also claimed 15 doubles titles.

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 06:55 AM
Obviously they were sufficiently depressed after last year's first round to not bother updating the players' results for the rest of the year ;)

Ashie_87
02-10-2005, 07:15 AM
:eek: sweet merciful crap I just looked up the prices for Davis Cup and just for a consession (i.e moi;)) it's $155!!! something tells me I'm not going:ras:

I think I heard somewhere that Todd Reid is going to take Mark's place. Could be wrong though. It was probably someone at school so it's probably wrong:p

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 07:32 AM
Hmmm, what I've heard mostly has been that either Wayne Arthurs or Scott Draper will come in if Scud can't play - and possibly anyway. But with the surfaces they do weird things, and seeing Todd did win Jr Wimbledon, who knows? :)

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 07:34 AM
PS Ash, I think the prices are for all 3 days. I'm, not sure if they'll open up single session tickets closer to the day - sometimes they do :)

dagmar7
02-10-2005, 11:46 AM
Jane, thanks so much for posting those statistics.:hearts:

I really enjoyed reading them, especially John Fitzgerald's and Wally Masur's as I had no clue really about their careers. I didn't realize Fitzgerald was that good: 7 grandslam doubles titles! :worship:

Jackie
02-10-2005, 12:02 PM
Jane, thanks so much for posting those statistics.:hearts:

I really enjoyed reading them, especially John Fitzgerald's and Wally Masur's as I had no clue really about their careers. I didn't realize Fitzgerald was that good: 7 grandslam doubles titles! :worship:

I think most of us were too young to remember those doubles titles...but I do remember watching Fitzgerald, late in his career, playing doubles with Pat Rafter at the Australian Open

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 09:58 PM
I'll have to look up who Fitzy's doubles partner(s?) was, can't remember :o

dagmar7
02-10-2005, 10:42 PM
That's cool that you got to see him play doubles with Pat Rafter, Jackie.

Thanks for your help, Jane - I'm still a fairly new tennis fan.

The USOpen site says that Fitzgerald won in 1984 with Tomas Smid as partner; then in 1991 with Anders Jarryd, the latter also won with Stefan Edberg.

:worship:

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 10:54 PM
Thanks :) It's a lot harder to find doubles results than singles :rolleyes:

Lisbeth
02-10-2005, 11:46 PM
OK, this is what I could find for the moment - will try to investigate AO finalists later because I couldn't find any records.

Looks like his wins were 2 USO, 2 Wimbledon and 1 AO men's titles and 1 each Wimbledon and USO mixed.

BTW, I think Liz Smylie and Liz Sayers are the same person - now the wife of Alicia Molik's manager ;)

US Open

Men

1984 John Fitzgerald/Tomas Smid bt Stefan Edberg/Anders Jarryd 7-6, 6-3, 6-3

1991 John Fitzgerald/Anders Jarryd bt Scott Davis/David Pate 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Mixed

1983 Elizabeth Sayers/ John Fitzgerald bt Barbara Potter/Ferdi Taygan
3-6, 6-3, 6-4

1984 Manuela Maleeva/Tom Gullikson bt Elizabeth Sayers/John Fitzgerald 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

1985 Martina Navratilova/Heinz Gunthardt bt Elizabeth Smylie/John Fitzgerald 6-3, 6-4

Australian Open

Men

1982 John Alexander/John Fitzgerald

Wimbledon

Men

1989 J Fitzgerald (Aus) & A Jarryd (Swe) bt R Leach & J Pugh (US) 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-6

1991 J Fitzgerald (Aus) & A Jarryd (Swe) bt J Frana (Arg) & L Lavalle (Mex) 6-3 6-4 6-7 6-1

1988 K Flach & R Seguso (US) bt J Fitzgerald (Aus) & A Jarryd (Swe) 6-4 2-6 6-4 7-6

1985 H Gunthardt (Swi) & B Taroczy (Hun) bt P Cash & J Fitzgerald (Aus) 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-3

Mixed

1991 J Fitzgerald & L Smylie (Aus) bt J Pugh (US) & N Zvereva (Rus) 7-6 6-2

1985 P McNamee (Aus) & M Navratilova (US) bt J Fitzgerald & L Smylie (Aus) 7-5 4-6 6-2

dagmar7
02-10-2005, 11:50 PM
Masterful or should I say mistress-ful work, Jane.

It's all just like one big sometimes happy/sometimes dysfunctional family, isn't it?

John Fitzgerald :worship:

That Sweden/Australia doubles connection has a great history. :D

Lisbeth
02-11-2005, 12:06 AM
You're welcome Dagmar :)

It's amazing how many Swedes and Aussies, together and separately, appear on all the doubles winners lists!

ally_014
02-11-2005, 07:48 AM
Is that a hint for Lleyton and Pim Pim? :p

I can't wait till Davis Cup! :bounce:

dagmar7
02-11-2005, 01:08 PM
Ll and Pim Pim played doubles together in Stockholm in 2002.

I don't think it worked out then, although Pim Pim then was a mere promise of Pim Pim now.

It would be interesting. :worship:

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 12:52 PM
Hmmm...Juergen Melzer won big over Agassi in San Jose - 6-3, 6-1.

He looks like a force to be reckoned with, although I don't know the story of the match. In the semis now...just keeping an eye on the opposition.

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 01:42 PM
Article from SF Chronicle. It sounds like this is a really bad match-up for Agassi, but Melzer is very much on the rise.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2005/02/11/sports/s205407S06.DTL

From the article

Agassi blasted off court by No. 7 seed Melzer at SAP Open
By RON HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

Friday, February 11, 2005


(02-11) 20:54 PST San Jose, Calif. (AP) --


With an impressive mix of power and finesse, No. 7 Jurgen Melzer breezed past second-seeded Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-1 Friday night in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open.


Melzer's drop shots left Agassi flat-footed and the Austrian's two-handed backhand matched his opponent power-for-power throughout the match.


"He played much better than me. That's what he did both times," a deflated Agassi said after the drubbing. Agassi lost to Melzer last year in Toronto.


Melzer next faces Cyril Saulnier in one of Saturday's semifinal matches. Saulnier beat No. 4 Vincent Spadea 6-2, 6-4 Friday.


Melzer stuck with his game plan of dictating points with deep, hard groundstrokes and not letting Agassi _ master of the same tactic _ do it first.


Keeping Agassi moving from corner to corner prevented him from "standing in the middle of the court making you run like a dog," Melzer said.


"I had a good game plan and I executed it perfectly," Melzer said. He now owns a 2-1 head-to-head edge over Agassi, who is ranked 10th in the world.

...

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 10:30 PM
Decisions, decisions...

http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200502/s1301588.htm

Hewitt could double up for Davis Cup: Fitzy

Australia's Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald says Lleyton Hewitt could be asked to play both singles and doubles in next month's tie against Austria in Sydney.

Fitzgerald will monitor the form of Wayne Arthurs and Mark Philippoussis in the next two weeks before finalising the Australian team.

But if neither man comes up to scratch world number two Hewitt could be asked to back up and partner doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge.

"I think he [Hewitt] could possibly play three matches," Fitzgerald said. "That's certainly an option ... he won a US Open a few years ago as a part-time doubles player."

Currently ranked outside the top 200, Philippoussis lost both his singles matches at the Hopman Cup last month before pulling out due to injury.

He is due to make his competition return in Scottsdale, Arizona from February 21.

Socket
02-12-2005, 10:44 PM
Melzer apparently has an injured ankle and lost to Saulnier in the San Jose SF. I guess if he didn't retire from the match, it's possible that he's not too badly injured and will be OK by DC time. Haven't read anything official, or semi-official, yet.

dagmar7
02-12-2005, 10:58 PM
Thanks for the update, Marlene. I saw that he lost to Saulnier, but I didn't know about the ankle.

Hopefully, it's nothing serious.

John Fitzgerald has some potentially difficult decisions to make and a lot of scouting to do.

Ll is a good doubles player, but maybe a bit rusty (pardon the pun). :o

Socket
02-12-2005, 11:26 PM
If I had to guess, I think we'll see Lleyton playing doubles. He'll be well-rested and happy to maximize the team's chances to advance.

Jackie
02-13-2005, 12:27 AM
Ll is a good doubles player, but maybe a bit rusty (pardon the pun). :o

I don't think it makes a difference. A good tennis player is a good tennis player. Lleyton's lack of doubles playing didn't seem to affect him when he played with Todd Woodbridge in Adelaide against India [and this was about 18 months ago, so you would expect that he would be even more of an asset now]

dagmar7
02-13-2005, 06:35 PM
Even good (or better than good :D) players need practice, but with some prep time, he and Woodbridge should be fine.

Wayne Arthurs played great for the doubles in 2003 when they won. He's in the finals with Hanley in San Jose and deserves consideration, especially if the tie is to be played on grass.

It's tough...:scratch:

Murkofan
02-13-2005, 07:04 PM
I'm pulling for Wayno :bounce:

Lisbeth
02-13-2005, 10:16 PM
I am quite sure that if Lleyton was only playing doubles he'd be as good as anyone on the team. The problem is if he has to play singles then doubles, then gets Melzer on the Sunday (can't recall if they play 1 v 1 first or last :confused: ) he might be tired. On the other hand, Melzer is quite possibly in the same position - and he's supposedly injured right now.

Jackie
02-13-2005, 11:38 PM
I'm pulling for Wayno :bounce:

Wayno is awesome. I love the way he responds to the crowd

ally_014
02-14-2005, 12:37 AM
Wayno and Toddy were great in doubles in 03, and his leftie serve seems to be very effective on the grass. He might end up playing singles as well though :confused: he is the no 2 player. I hope Scotty Draper gets the second singles spot and Wayne/Todd play the doubles :)

Lisbeth
02-14-2005, 05:56 AM
For those asking what happened to Chris Guccione!

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Sport/Guccione-wins-Challenger-tournaments/2005/02/13/1108229850813.html

Guccione wins Challenger tournament
February 13, 2005

Victorian Chris Guccione has become the first Australian player to win the $US25,000 ($A31,928) Uncle Tobys Burnie Challenger upsetting Japanese No.2 seed Gouichi Motomura 6-3 7-5 at the Burnie Tennis Club today.

It was the 19-year-old's first success at the Challenger level, the circuit below the higher level ATP Tour events.

Guccione's ranking has now risen from his current 367 to inside the world's top 300 when the weekly ATP rankings are released on Tuesday.

"It's a great start to the year and it is a step towards where I would like my ranking to be, which is around the top 100," Guccione said.

Motomura struggled against Guccione's first serve with the Australian sending down 17 aces for the match giving him a total of 76 over his five matches during the week.

"My serve is my major weapon of course and I don't necessarily set a target on how many aces I want to serve, but I felt it was working well throughout the tournament," Guccione said.

dagmar7
02-15-2005, 11:12 AM
Thanks for that Jane. I was curious after his great start to 2004.

Just to update - Wayne Arthurs did win the doubles title (with Hanley) at the San Jose tournament, so that strengthens his case. :) Here's a link to a pic of them with their trophies.

http://www.sapopentennis.com/uploads/photo/1E996349761643619236797CBD1D688B.jpg

Edit: The doubles team is playing Memphis too, which should be a challenging field: Bryans are there and Bjorkman/Mirnyi. Arthurs/Hanley are seeded third.

:worship:

dagmar7
02-16-2005, 11:15 AM
Austria names its team. Koubek is in.

http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12264867%255E12428,00.html

Banned Koubek named in Austria's Cup team
By LEO SCHLINK16feb05
THOMAS Muster has engaged in high-stakes brinkmanship by nominating banned Stefan Koubek for the first-round Davis Cup tie between Australia and Austria in Sydney next month.

Former world No. 1 Muster named Koubek in Austria's preliminary five-player squad for the March 4-6 tie despite the left-hander's ban for testing positive to an illegal painkiller at the French Open last season.

Barred for three months until March 21, Koubek is about to appeal against the International Tennis Federation's finding he had used triamcinolon acetonoid last May.

If available, Koubek will bolster an underdog outfit headed by injured Jurgen Melzer, Julian Knowle, Alexander Peya and unheralded Marco Mirnegg.

Gifted Melzer on Saturday sprained an ankle during the San Jose semi-finals, when shading France's Cyril Saulnier. The left-hander finished the match after receiving courtside strapping and treatment as Saulnier advanced to the final.

Muster is uncertain if Melzer, who thumped Andre Agassi in California last week, can make a full recovery.

"We are unlucky that Jurgen, who has been playing in such great form recently, has injured himself, but maybe he can overcome it (injury) quite quickly," Muster said.

Muster is equally optimistic Koubek can be immediately reinstated. "We are, of course, hoping that the International Tennis Federation will accept our appeal and reduce Stefan's suspension so he can play," Muster said.

"But, if not, Marco (Mirnegg) will replace him in the squad."

Australian selectors are likely to wait until after next week's Scottsdale tournament before outlining the squad for the tie on transportable grass at Homebush.

With Lleyton Hewitt, Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs regarded as certainties, doubt surrounds the plans of Mark Philippoussis.

The Wimbledon and US Open finalist has been given a wildcard at Scottsdale.

Currently ranked 199th, Philippoussis has not played since injuring his groin at the Hopman Cup six weeks ago.

Todd Reid remains in contention, along with Peter Luczak, who has endured little luck after qualifying in successive weeks in South America only to draw Fernando Gonzalez and Carlos Moya in consecutive tournaments.

And Chris Guccione will be a factor after winning the Uncle Tobys Challenger in Tasmania last week.

Guccione vaulted 86 places to 281st. South Australian Joel Kerley also made a huge rankings leap, improving his mark by an extraordinary 224 places to sit at 731st in the world.

Consigliere
02-16-2005, 05:21 PM
Contenders for second singles spot.

Philippoussis - won't be ready

Luczak - Not on grass.

Reid - Others more suited to grass/more talented.

Arthurs - Perfect for it, loves grass

Guccione - should be suited to the grass and would be my pick in one that we can afford to lose but hopefully won't.

I seriously reckon I'd give it to Guuch. Have him the second singles player for this year. Have Philippoussis play doubles with Woodbridge from the quarters on.

However one thing that needs to be considered is that if we're looking ahead we might have Spain in Spain in the Semi's. I guess if Luczak is has made a huge jump then he should be considered. However if Mark is fit he should play over Guuch and Wayno because he did it for us on clay against France in 1999 in a similar atmosphere and everything.

Todd Reid is just plain crap and could maybe, maybe play doubles with Guuch or even Lleyton once Woodbridge retires.

sprinterluck
02-16-2005, 06:51 PM
Come on Wayne Arthurs! He played well in the doubles in San Jose and the Aussies won. :D

Murkofan
02-16-2005, 07:48 PM
Todd Reid did win Junior Wimbledon, so I don't think he's complete crap on grass :p Still go with Wayno over him, of course.

Consigliere
02-16-2005, 09:53 PM
Todd Reid did win Junior Wimbledon, so I don't think he's complete crap on grass :p Still go with Wayno over him, of course.

I just think he's that sort of player that whips em all in juniors because his dad pushed him from a young age and whatever he went to Bolletieri who conditions well but doesn't shape their game. Good heart and always competitive but from what I can see he has no game whatsoever. He will most likely meet Guccione in the Wollongong Australia F1 Semi's this week and get his butt kicked. All fear THE GUUCH, the 200 cm left-handed red headed Italian!

He and Arthurs are actually similar with the big leftie serves. I'd like to see them play Davis Cup doubles on Grass together. Talk about an assault that would be.

Lisbeth
02-16-2005, 10:16 PM
Arthurs beat Melzer in Memphis :D I would think that strengthens his claim for a singles spot.

Socket
02-17-2005, 12:38 AM
Arthurs beat Melzer in Memphis :D I would think that strengthens his claim for a singles spot.
Yep, I have to think he just got his spot.

IIRC, Reid kind of collapsed during his DC debut and lost pretty badly to very low ranked Moroccan in a dead rubber. Fitzie might be wary about playing him now.

Jackie
02-17-2005, 12:52 AM
Yep, I have to think he just got his spot.

IIRC, Reid kind of collapsed during his DC debut and lost pretty badly to very low ranked Moroccan in a dead rubber. Fitzie might be wary about playing him now.

But I think that was the plan - knowing that he may get nervous, get him to play a dead rubber to get used to the Davis Cup pressure

Jackie
02-17-2005, 06:19 AM
Here's a question for discussion: if and when Woodbridge retires, should Lleyton stop playing DC like Agassi (until this year), Federer, Henman and Moya have? Is there something to be said for his not wasting his energy on a losing cause when he needs to be battling the top guys?

Good point, but that doesn't account for the fact that Lleyton loves playing Davis Cup :p

thelma
02-17-2005, 12:48 PM
http://www.sportal.com.au/tennis.asp?i=news&id=62466

Scud no Davis Cup certainty
Sportal

Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur has revealed that Mark Philippoussis is no certainty to be selected for next month's Davis Cup tie against Austria in Sydney.

Philippoussis, whose world ranking has slipped to 199, is set to make his first ATP tournament appearance in Scottsdale, Arizona next week since suffering an adductor muscle injury prior to January's Australian Open.

But with the Davis Cup squad due to be announced on the same day as Philippoussis' first round match in Arizona, Masur concedes it would be a big gamble to select the 28-year-old former world number eight.

"He'll be fine in terms of the injury he suffered during the Australian summer, he'll be fine, but it is just a question of getting some good solid tennis under his belt," Masur told the ABC.

Masur nominated veteran Wayne Arthurs as the most likely player to contest the singles along with Lleyton Hewitt should Philippoussis not be selected.

"Lleyton's position is fairly secure and I think Wayne, having played the singles in the last tie, I think he'd be probably a natural selection," Masur added.

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http://www.sportal.com.au/tennis.asp?i=news&id=62449

Hewitt primed for Austrian assault
Sportal

http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/news/062449news.jpg

World No.2 Lleyton Hewitt says he can't wait to lead Australia's charge against Austria in next month's Davis Cup tie in Sydney.

Hewitt has not played since losing to Russian Marat Safin in the final of the Australian Open just over two weeks ago, and he won't take to the court competitively before the first round tie at the Sydney International Tennis Centre from March 4-6.

But having enjoyed his recent rest period, Hewitt is eager to not only get reacquainted with the venue, where he won his fourth Sydney International title in mid-January, but also to again represent his country.

"I’m looking forward to playing in Sydney, I’ve had a lot of success in the venue but it will be a different challenge on grass," Hewitt said of the portable court that was last used when Australia won the Davis Cup in Melbourne in late 2003.

"Davis Cup is very important to me and I’ve missed it since we last played in September. Sydney has always been so supportive and it would be great to see a full house out there barracking for Australia."

Adding to Hewitt and the Australian team's motivation is that 2005 marks the centenary of Australia's participation in the Davis Cup, a period that has produced 28 titles and a further 19 final appearances.

Austrian player Stefan Koubek has been suspended for three months after being found guilty of doping, but while the Austrian federation has appealed against the ban to try and have him available, Hewitt says he expects a tough battle no matter what happens.

"We won’t be underestimating Austria," he said. "If Koubek wins his appeal and plays, then with (Jurgen) Melzer this is a dangerous combination. That would mean playing two left-handers which will be difficult."

Having last hosted the first round tie against Great Britain on clay two years ago, and in 2001 hosted the semi-final win over Sweden on rebound ace, the SITC will become the first venue in the world to host Davis Cup ties on three different Grand Slam surfaces.

Murkofan
02-17-2005, 01:12 PM
"Lleyton's position is fairly secure and I think Wayne, having played the singles in the last tie, I think he'd be probably a natural selection," Masur added.

Fairly secure? What would it take for him to be a lock? :p

Socket
02-17-2005, 02:29 PM
Fairly secure? What would it take for him to be a lock? :p
I had the same reaction -- does anybody actually think Lleyton will be warming the bench during this tie? :D :D

Lisbeth
02-17-2005, 10:35 PM
Fairly secure? What would it take for him to be a lock? :p

:lol: yes typical Australian understatement ;)

Though, you know, if Guccione wins another challenger it's going to be close ...

cindygermanier
02-19-2005, 03:00 PM
http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100006599

thelma
02-19-2005, 10:17 PM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12302970-23210,00.html

Reid getting back to form
February 19, 2005

RISING Australian tennis star Todd Reid claims he is ready for a Davis Cup call-up after defeating one of his main rivals for the squad in the semi-finals of the New South Wales Futures event in Wollongong today.

Reid overcame big-serving Victorian Chris Guccione 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to move through to the final of the second-tier tour event on the NSW South Coast.

He will face Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei in the final.

Ti crushed Australian Vince Mellino 6-3 6-0 in the other semi-final.

With Lleyton Hewitt's regular Davis Cup singles partner Mark Philippoussis in doubt for next month's tie against Austria, due to injury, Reid and Guccione have both been mentioned as candidates.

Reid said he was ready to be called in.

"Definitely, I'll be putting my hand up," the Sydneysider said.

"I've won some matches now. In January I didn't really have any matches under my belt and I guess last year was a bit of bad luck.

"I know how well I can play and I know I belong with the guys in the top 100. It's just a matter of getting myself healthy and getting back there."

Reid, who has slipped to No.242 in the world, said improving his ranking was not as high a priority as getting back to full fitness.

"I'm just trying to get healthy. I guess with more matches that will come along and (a higher) ranking will come as well, but I haven't really set out any plans for a ranking by the end of the year."

Reid was happy to get through a tough contest that featured only two breaks of serve, with the crucial one to Reid in the sixth game of the deciding set when he broke to love.

"I hit a couple of returns near the lines and he didn't look like he was really game to go for them," Reid said.

"I guess maybe he was a bit tired from all the matches he's played.

"I had to battle my way through that.

"`Gucc' was playing pretty good out there, it took me until the third set to break him.

"He didn't miss too many first serves and his volleying was pretty good."

AAP

thelma
02-19-2005, 10:19 PM
http://au.news.yahoo.com/050216/21/t3nh.html

Arthurs presses Davis Cup case

Australia's Wayne Arthurs may have sealed his place as the second singles player behind Lleyton Hewitt for next month's Davis Cup tie against Austria in Sydney.

Overnight Arthurs beat Austrian number one and seventh seed Jurgen Melzer 7-6, 7-6 in the first round of the ATP event in Memphis.

On Wednesday Australia's Davis Cup captain Wally Masur said Arthurs and Mark Philippoussis were both in the running to join Hewitt on the Australian side for the March 4-6 tie.

Arthurs is currently the second-highest ranked Australian at 109 in the world and Masur described him as "probably a natural selection".

Lisbeth
02-20-2005, 12:04 AM
Thanks for the articles ... um, yeah Todd, Lleyton had better watch his back with all those Aussie making the final of Futures ;)

Consigliere
02-20-2005, 03:02 AM
Dammit!!!! I was soo wanting Guuch to win two weeks in a row. Bugger!!

Jackie
02-20-2005, 04:43 AM
Thanks for the articles ... um, yeah Todd, Lleyton had better watch his back with all those Aussie making the final of Futures ;)
LMAO :rolls:

thelma
02-20-2005, 07:35 PM
Thanks for the articles ... um, yeah Todd, Lleyton had better watch his back with all those Aussie making the final of Futures ;)
:lol:
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from tennis-x.com:

Aussie D-Cup coach John Alexander has a tough choice whether to go with the horribly slumping/injured Mark Philippoussis or the seasoned Wayne Arthurs in their upcoming match on grass against Austria. "(Philippoussis) just needs to get his form and his fitness sorted out and get in the right psychological place," doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge told the Sun-Herald newspaper. "There's no point in him saying much until he starts playing again. If he's not ready, then Wayne Arthurs is looking good. If Mark could play some good matches, that's going to be terrific for all of us. On his day we all still know he's a handful for anyone to beat, especially on grass."

Socket
02-20-2005, 08:08 PM
I'm confused -- isn't John Fitzgerald the current DC captain? I thought that John Alexander resigned a few years ago.

In any event, if I were the captain's shoes, I think I'd go with Wayne. While he's never had the same potential as Mark (not even close), he's also not suffering through Mark's current self-confidence and fitness crises.

Lisbeth
02-20-2005, 10:40 PM
You are correct - JA is the current Fed Cup captain ;)

thelma
02-20-2005, 10:45 PM
I'm confused -- isn't John Fitzgerald the current DC captain? I thought that John Alexander resigned a few years ago.

In any event, if I were the captain's shoes, I think I'd go with Wayne. While he's never had the same potential as Mark (not even close), he's always not suffering through Mark's current self-confidence and fitness crises.


I know ;)

It's a textual quote from tennis-x.com :shrug:

Lisbeth
02-20-2005, 11:19 PM
Actually, I don't think JA was ever Davis Cup captain :lol: John Newcombe was the last one ;) Apparently it's too complicated for this tennis x mob!

Socket
02-22-2005, 03:10 AM
Draper in for snubbed Scud
February 22, 2005

SPORTING all-rounder Scott Draper has gained a recall with Mark Philippoussis omitted from the Australian Davis Cup team for the first round tie against Austria.

Draper will revert from his secondary career in professional golf and is likely to fill the second singles berth behind Lleyton Hewitt in the grass court tie at Sydney International Tennis Centre from March 2-5.

The 30-year-old Queenslander joins Hewitt, Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs in the four-man team.

Draper has been rewarded for good form over the Australian summer and whole-hearted performances in previous Cup appearances against Argentina and India in 2003.

Philippoussis' omission appeared to be by mutual agreement with Cup captain John Fitzgerald as he attempts to rebuild his sagging form and world ranking.

He returns to competitive tennis this week after suffering a groin injury during the Hopman Cup in early January.

The former Cup hero is now ranked outside the top 200 following a disastrous run of first round losses last year.

"Fitzy (Fitzgerald) spoke to Mark a couple of times last week," said team coach Wally Masur.

"He wants to be part of the Davis Cup but form and fitness are a concern and he just needs tennis.

"We will welcome him back into the team with open arms but at the moment it's a case of him working on his fitness and improving his ranking."

Draper impressed Fitzgerald and Masur with his performances in the first round loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires two years ago and the subsequent World Group qualifying win over India in Adelaide later that year.

They had no concerns about his fitness. Although he has been mainly playing golf since securing an Australasian PGA Tour card late last year, he has kept up his tennis training.

Draper missed the cut at his two most recent golf tournaments, the New Zealand Open and the Jacobs Creek Open.

He was a first round loser in his last tennis tournament, the australian Open in January.

Masur said Draper had indicated he put Davis Cup duty above all other sporting interests.

"He's the right man for the job," said Masur.

"He's played good over the Aussie summer and looks after himself."

Playing Davis Cup means Draper will have to skip the opening two secondary Von Nida Tour golf tournaments - next week's Victorian Open and the following Victorian PGA which is played over the Cup weekend.

Lisbeth
02-22-2005, 03:22 AM
I still reckon Wayne will play singles on the first day at least :)

Murkofan
02-22-2005, 03:27 AM
Poor Flip. But yay Scotty!

Consigliere
02-22-2005, 04:02 AM
I'm absolutely stunned that Draper was selected. I mean he's not even a player anymore. He doesn't even play on the ATP Tour, he's playing Pro-Golf ffs. Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't he played about 2/3 tournaments in the last two years. Why the feck not Guccione, he'd be perfect for Grass with his big serve.

Lisbeth
02-22-2005, 04:07 AM
I would guess that they are thinking that at least Draper has experience in this stressful setting whereas Guccione or Reid aren't sufficiently tested and could tank through nerves. (Of course the problem with that approach is that the juniors are never going to get experience if they never play, but I guess the team really wants to avoid another first round loss this year).

Plus he did win the mixed doubles at AO so he must be doing something right :lol:

I still think Arthurs will play singles :)

Jackie
02-22-2005, 05:02 AM
I'm absolutely stunned that Draper was selected. I mean he's not even a player anymore. He doesn't even play on the ATP Tour, he's playing Pro-Golf ffs. Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't he played about 2/3 tournaments in the last two years. Why the feck not Guccione, he'd be perfect for Grass with his big serve.

I suspect that he will be playing doubles. He did win the Australian Open mixed

Consigliere
02-22-2005, 05:47 AM
I would guess that they are thinking that at least Draper has experience in this stressful setting whereas Guccione or Reid aren't sufficiently tested and could tank through nerves. (Of course the problem with that approach is that the juniors are never going to get experience if they never play, but I guess the team really wants to avoid another first round loss this year).

Plus he did win the mixed doubles at AO so he must be doing something right :lol:

I still think Arthurs will play singles :)

Guuch should've played doubles with Woodbridge that would be a perfect intro to Davis Cup. I mean could you think of a more similar replacement if Arthurs is playing the singles. Ie. both big serving tall lefties he could simply just play the same as Arthurs did in that partnership.

Yasmine
02-22-2005, 07:35 AM
silly question: when is the DC tie against Austria? I don't know much about DC so you'll have to forgive me for asking very simple questions :p

Socket
02-22-2005, 01:08 PM
Davis Cup starts March 4th and runs through that weekend.

thelma
02-22-2005, 04:28 PM
form tennis-x.com:

Mark Philippoussis has been left off the Aussie Davis Cup team for their upcoming tie against Austria on grass: "Fitzy (captain John Fitzgerald) spoke to Mark a couple of times last week," team coach Wally Masur said at the announcement in Sydney today. "He wants to be part of the Davis Cup but form and fitness are a concern and he just needs tennis. We will welcome him back into the team with open arms but at the moment it's a case of him working on his fitness and improving his ranking." ...

thelma
02-22-2005, 04:58 PM
Philippoussis left out of Australia team
2005-02-22 04:02:49 GMT (Reuters)


SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Mark Philippoussis has been left out of Australia's side for next month's Davis Cup tie with Austria.

Non-playing captain John Fitzgerald said Lleyton Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge and Scott Draper would be in the team.

Hewitt, the world number two, and Arthurs will play in the singles while Arthurs and Woodbridge feature in the doubles.

Philippoussis occupied the starring role in Australia's Davis Cup wins in 1999 and 2003 but has not played since he tore an adductor muscle during last month's Hopman Cup in Perth.

The former Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up has slumped to 199th in the world rankings and, although he plans to make a comeback in Arizona this week, Fitzgerald said he and coach Wally Masur did not want to rush him.

"With Mark Philippoussis having been out with injury since early January, Wally and I felt that at this point the priority for him was that he focused on getting his body and his fitness right so he'd be ready for our next tie," Fitzgerald said.

"We've decided to stick with the core of the team that won the trophy for Australia on this surface in 2003 and add Scott Draper into the mix as a further option."

The first-round tie with Austria will be played on grass at the Sydney international tennis centre from March 4-6.

Lisbeth
02-22-2005, 08:16 PM
Wayne beat Taylor Dent in Scottsdale :yippee: Don't exhaust yourself though Wayne, big weekend coming up!

I like the theory of playing a younger guy in doubles to take off the stress. I think the doubles is fairly critical to the Aus team at the moment though (they'll assume they can won two singles matches with Lleyton) so they'll want an experienced team - not sure how much doubles practice the young guys get, and doubles players do seem to get better as they get older and more tactical. I suspect Todd Woodbridge has a big say in who else plays doubles anyway ;)

Socket
02-22-2005, 08:50 PM
I wrote this elsewhere, but I think there's at least a chance that Lleyton will get substituted to play doubles at the last moment, as long as his match on Friday isn't too strenuous. If both he and Wayne have to play all three days, it makes sense to have the younger of the two (and the fitter) do that. I guess a lot will depend on what happens on Friday.

Lisbeth
02-22-2005, 09:13 PM
Lleyton playing doubles is certainly another possibility!

Jackie
02-22-2005, 11:46 PM
If Lleyton plays doubles, I suspect that it will be to win the tie 3-0 and he will get a rest on day 3 [maybe let Draper play the dead rubber singles tie]

Socket
02-23-2005, 03:09 PM
If Lleyton plays doubles, I suspect that it will be to win the tie 3-0 and he will get a rest on day 3 [maybe let Draper play the dead rubber singles tie]
Yes, that's a likely scenario.

Socket
02-23-2005, 03:10 PM
Cup leader Hewitt back
By Patrick Miles

24feb05

AFTER a frantic month which culminated in his best effort to date at the Australian Open, Lleyton Hewitt returned to the court in earnest yesterday, intent on further glory in the Davis Cup arena.

Hewitt took a fortnight's rest after finishing runner-up to Marat Safin at Melbourne Park, then began training for next month's first-round tie against Austria.

Hewitt is Australia's most successful Davis Cup singles player. And in the knowledge that he will be the key against Austria on a portable grass court at Sydney Olympic Park from March 4-6, he took to White City's lawn to prepare for another campaign.

At the age of 23, he finds himself not only the youngest member of the team but also the leader.

In the absence of Mark Philippoussis, the world No.2 is aware of his responsibilities and influence he can have on his team-mates and the young hitting partners, Chris Guccione and Todd Reid.

Hewitt practised yesterday morning with his best friend on the tour, Scott Draper, who has replaced Philippoussis in the team, as well as Guccione and Reid.

It was the South Australian's first public tennis outing since the Australian Open final on January 30. Although he has spent most of the past two weeks in Sydney working in the gym, he had confined his practice to a private court near White City.

With the arrival of his fellow squad members, Hewitt moved his routine to the former site of the NSW Open under the guidance of coach Wally Masur, who spoke in glowing terms of Hewitt's leadership.

"When you've got the No.2 player in the world, he just arrives and everyone just comes along for the ride," Masur said. "He leads by example. Lleyton's not necessarily the kind of guy who's going to sit down and give a rousing speech to the players, but he just leads by example.

"He's so professional. We just like the way he goes about his business.

"There's no question, even though he's one of the younger guys in the team, he's a team leader. We all look towards him.

"He comes from a bit of a footballing background and he understands the team environment."

Masur, who played Davis Cup in the halcyon days of Pat Cash, said it was tempting to believe that Hewitt's presence was always worth two points in the bank.

"Is he a definite two points?" Masur said. "I don't think we think like that. You really don't want that situation.

"But I know when I played Davis Cup and Cashy was in the team, we all got a little bit cockier. When he wasn't in the team, we crapped ourselves."

Masur was in Hewitt's entourage during his remarkable effort at the Australian Open last month. "He took two weeks off after the Open," Masur said. "He was flat as. He just hit a house, physically and mentally.

"He was so tired. I was tired thinking about how tired he was. He needed that time off."

Masur is hoping Hewitt's competitive qualities will rub off on the other members of the squad and that they might be in a position to challenge for the No.2 singles berth, presently awarded to Draper.

"What a great opportunity for Guccione. Todd Reid's been in the team ... what a great opportunity for him," Masur said.

"This tie more than any other tie, that last spot is probably a bit more open-ended and that's no disrespect to Scott. He's the guy we picked.

"In 12 days of practice, we'd like to encourage the young blokes to really put their best foot forward."

kim-fan
02-23-2005, 03:45 PM
nice article, thanks for posting :)

Lisbeth
02-23-2005, 09:34 PM
"When you've got the No.2 player in the world, he just arrives and everyone just comes along for the ride," Masur said. "He leads by example. Lleyton's not necessarily the kind of guy who's going to sit down and give a rousing speech to the players, but he just leads by example.

:lol: I can just imagine Lleyton's idea of a rousing speech ;)

Jackie
02-23-2005, 11:02 PM
Gotta love this quote from Wally:
"But I know when I played Davis Cup and Cashy was in the team, we all got a little bit cockier. When he wasn't in the team, we crapped ourselves."

Socket
02-23-2005, 11:41 PM
Gotta love this quote from Wally:
"But I know when I played Davis Cup and Cashy was in the team, we all got a little bit cockier. When he wasn't in the team, we crapped ourselves."
:haha: :haha:

Jackie
02-24-2005, 12:39 AM
:lol: I can just imagine Lleyton's idea of a rousing speech ;)
LOL. He wouldn't be able to get through it without saying "At the end of the day..."

Turkeyballs Paco
02-24-2005, 03:05 PM
LOL. He wouldn't be able to get through it without saying "At the end of the day..."

I noticed that too! And he says "you know" and "obviously". Because, you know, obviously, at the end of the day, love him or hate him, Lleyton is a god!

Yasmine
02-24-2005, 06:47 PM
I noticed that too! And he says "you know" and "obviously". Because, you know, obviously, at the end of the day, love him or hate him, Lleyton is a god!
:haha: great one, but you know at the end of the day, what can we say, lleyton is you know and will always be Lleyton :D

ally_014
02-25-2005, 11:05 PM
Lleyton will always be Lleyton but, you know, well always love him :lol:

Aussies are out for a bit of payback :lol:

The blades are drawn
February 26, 2005

Welcome to Australia, where the Davis Cup and settling old scores are so important we will gladly leave the Austrians high and dry on grass next week, writes Richard Hinds.

There are those who believe that by dropping a portable grass surface on top of a Rebound Ace court, Australia is taking a win-at-all-costs approach to the Davis Cup. However, when Australia plays Austria on portable grass next week, it will simply be a case of giving as good as you get.

The last time the nations met was in Vienna in February of 1989. With captain Neale Fraser, the Australian squad of Pat Cash, Mark Woodforde, John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur left home after their Australian Open commitments had been completed - Darren Cahill was delayed because he made the doubles final - and, braving the cold, ventured to the indoor velodrome where the tie was to be played for their first practice session.

What they found first intrigued, then enraged them. "The court was like one of those old rope carpets that you might bag a court with here, but it had clay over the top of it or pushed into the holes," recalls Woodforde. "We'd never seen anything like it."

As they practised, the Australians found the court had what Woodforde politely describes as "unusual playing characteristics". He explains: "Some balls would dart down around your ankles and others would just pop up over your head," he says. "You would be playing smashes from balls you would normally just hit."

The odd indoor claycourt was designed to enhance the already strong advantage Austria enjoyed with its crack claycourters, Thomas Muster and Horst Skoff. However, as the clay kept flying out of the carpet, leaving small divots despite repeated rolling and watering, Fraser appealed to the referee. He claimed the court was not prevalent in the country, as Davis Cup rules stipulated, and was unsuitable.

The appeal fell on deaf ears. Skoff whipped Australia's ace, Cash, in the first rubber and the Austrians won 5-0. The only minor consolation for Fraser and his team was that the surface was later banned. "Muster and Skoff were too strong," says Fraser. "But the ball was jumping up like a Shane Warne googly."

So when Muster returns to Australia, this time as Davis Cup captain, he will get little sympathy from his opposite number Fitzgerald if he does not like the "playing characteristics" of the grasscourt at the Sydney International tennis centre. Rather, he will have to accept that home field remains a potent advantage in this competition - and one of the aspects that makes the competition so intriguing.

The Austrian indoor clay episode was not the last time in his reign as captain that Fraser encountered a court that had been laid specifically to aid the home team. The following year, the USA used a red claycourt in Indianapolis to help baseliners Andre Agassi and Michael Chang. To justify this, the Americans had to scour the land to find other examples of the surface. "They found two in the whole country," says Fraser. "I can't even remember where they were."

But if the courts laid in Austria and the US - and perhaps even the grasscourts dropped in here - stretch the letter of the Davis Cup laws, they are also part of the attraction of the competition. In an era when the conditions and crowds at most tour stops and even the grand slams have reached relative conformity, to win a Davis Cup tie on a tailor-made surface before a partisan crowd has become the game's greatest act of bravado.

Australia's defeat by Spain in the 2000 Davis Cup final in Barcelona evokes bitter memories for those in the team who believed the local crowd was incited by Spain's mild-mannered Alex Corretja. The coin-throwing of Italian fans during Australia's defeat by Italy in Rome in 1976 is still strong in Fraser's memory. But perhaps the most hostile crowd encountered by Australia was during a first-round tie in Mexico City in 1988.

Spurred on by a local official who also acted as the Mexican captain, members of the crowd shone mirrors in the Australian's eyes and hurled both insults and projectiles - this in the days before home teams could be penalised under the "partisan crowd rule". But, as Masur recalls, it was not merely the crowd that had an unusually combative attitude.

During the normally friendly warm-up before the second rubber, Masur was surprised when his opponent, Francisco Maciel, drilled several balls at his head. Masur lost the match but warned Cash what to expect. "He did the same thing and Cashy was ready for him," said Masur. "He had four balls in his pocket and drilled them all at (Maciel) like a machine gun. He shat himself."

There was another unusual twist to the tie. Forced into an extra day because of poor weather, the Australians arrived on Monday with the tie locked at 2-2 to find their temporary dressing room had been demolished. The team changed at a nearby swimming pool and Cash clinched the decisive victory over Maciel, a result that prompted the crowd to throw the cushions from their seats as the Australians ran from the court.

As is customary, the teams then exchanged gifts. "They gave us something that had 'Mexico v Yugoslavia - 1983' on it," says Masur. "I think we chucked them in the bin."

Adversity inspires heroism. Rather than being rattled by the difficult conditions, Cash relished the adversity. By the end of his four-set match against Maciel, he was taunting and laughing at the Mexican.

Similarly, Lleyton Hewitt's victory over then world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten on clay in Brazil remains one of his greatest achievements. "The atmosphere there was pretty hot, too," says Masur. "I remember there was a punch-up in the crowd, real punches. Those countries are pretty fired up about beating Australia. It starts with a carnival atmosphere with drums and bugles but it can degenerate pretty quickly if the Australian boys start doing well."

In most of these epic Davis Cup stories, Australia is cast as the victim of doctored surfaces and poor crowd behaviour. But with a drop-in grasscourt and the Fanatics chanting in the grandstands, everything possible will be done to accentuate home advantage next week. As Austria will find, Australia is no longer the Davis Cup lilywhite. Just another team doing everything it can to win the Davis Cup.

Jackie
02-26-2005, 01:44 AM
I can't believe the carpet/clay court. I didn't know anything like it had ever existed. The Austrian team must have been practising on it for a while to get used to the conditions

thelma
02-26-2005, 06:11 PM
From tennis-x.com:

From Richard Hinds writing for The Age: "There are those who believe that by dropping a portable grass surface on top of a Rebound Ace court, Australia is taking a win-at-all-costs approach to the Davis Cup. But when Australia plays Austria next week, it simply will be a case of giving as good as you get. The previous time the two nations met was in Vienna in February 1989. When captain Neale Fraser and the Australian squad -- which included Mark Woodforde, John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur -- ventured to the indoor velodrome where the tie was to be played, what they found first intrigued, then enraged them. "The court was like one of those old rope carpets that you might bag a court with here, but it had clay over the top of it or pushed into the holes," Woodforde recalls. "We'd never seen anything like it." As they practised, the Australians found the court had what Woodforde politely describes as "unusual playing characteristics." "Some balls would dart down around your ankles and others would just pop up over your head," he says. "You would be playing smashes from balls you would normally just hit." The odd indoor claycourt was designed to enhance the already strong advantage Austria enjoyed with its crack claycourters, Thomas Muster and Horst Skoff. But as the clay kept flying out of the carpet, leaving small divots despite repeated rolling and watering, Fraser appealed to the referee. He claimed that the court was not prevalent in the country, as Davis Cup rules stipulated, and was unsuitable for play. The appeal fell on deaf ears and the Austrians won 5-0."

thelma
02-26-2005, 06:13 PM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12385088-23209,00.html

Aussie Tom's divided loyalties
By John Thirsk
February 27, 2005

AUSTRIAN Davis Cup coach Thomas Muster calls Australia his favourite country.

But that opinion is sure to change for three days - starting on Friday at Sydney Olympic Park - when Muster will show Australia no mercy in a first-round Davis Cup tie.

Speaking with a distinct Aussie accent after a two-hour practice session at White City yesterday, Muster, 38, was happy to talk up his love of Australia.

"I had a house in Noosa for seven years (that he sold for $7 million) and lived here full-time for a couple of years," he said.

"I also had a house in Newport Beach and my favourite pub was the Newport Arms. I had another property in Perth.

"I used to be married to an Australian (TV celebrity Jo Beth Taylor), so it's like coming back to my second home. So I feel comfortable about that."

Muster said being married to a celebrity was not easy and he was not about to give any advice to Lleyton Hewitt after the Australian No1's engagement to TV soap star Bec Cartwright.

"Lleyton has to make his own decisions about his life and what suits his needs," Muster said. "You never know in life what is going to happen next and Lleyton must do what he feels is right for him.

"I thought I was going to be married for the rest of my life, but it's tough when you are travelling year-long.

"I've got another life now after selling my Australian properties and have set

up businesses in Europe.

"But tennis has always been my favourite job and it's been a pleasure being around the players and especially great being with the Davis Cup team."

The former world No.1 doesn't expect any surprises in the Australian line-up, with Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs selected for singles and, pending the opening day singles results, Todd Woodbridge and Arthurs combining in the doubles.

It is likely Jurgen Meltzer and Julian Knowle will play singles for Austria.

The Sunday Telegraph

thelma
02-26-2005, 06:17 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tennis/The-blades-are-drawn/2005/02/25/1109180109638.html?oneclick=true

The blades are drawn
February 26, 2005

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/02/25/daviscup_wideweb__430x243.jpg
Turf war: Sydney International tennis centre is readied for next week's Davis Cup clash.

Welcome to Australia, where the Davis Cup and settling old scores are so important we will gladly leave the Austrians high and dry on grass next week, writes Richard Hinds.

There are those who believe that by dropping a portable grass surface on top of a Rebound Ace court, Australia is taking a win-at-all-costs approach to the Davis Cup. However, when Australia plays Austria on portable grass next week, it will simply be a case of giving as good as you get.

The last time the nations met was in Vienna in February of 1989. With captain Neale Fraser, the Australian squad of Pat Cash, Mark Woodforde, John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur left home after their Australian Open commitments had been completed - Darren Cahill was delayed because he made the doubles final - and, braving the cold, ventured to the indoor velodrome where the tie was to be played for their first practice session.

What they found first intrigued, then enraged them. "The court was like one of those old rope carpets that you might bag a court with here, but it had clay over the top of it or pushed into the holes," recalls Woodforde. "We'd never seen anything like it."

As they practised, the Australians found the court had what Woodforde politely describes as "unusual playing characteristics". He explains: "Some balls would dart down around your ankles and others would just pop up over your head," he says. "You would be playing smashes from balls you would normally just hit."

The odd indoor claycourt was designed to enhance the already strong advantage Austria enjoyed with its crack claycourters, Thomas Muster and Horst Skoff. However, as the clay kept flying out of the carpet, leaving small divots despite repeated rolling and watering, Fraser appealed to the referee. He claimed the court was not prevalent in the country, as Davis Cup rules stipulated, and was unsuitable.

The appeal fell on deaf ears. Skoff whipped Australia's ace, Cash, in the first rubber and the Austrians won 5-0. The only minor consolation for Fraser and his team was that the surface was later banned. "Muster and Skoff were too strong," says Fraser. "But the ball was jumping up like a Shane Warne googly."

So when Muster returns to Australia, this time as Davis Cup captain, he will get little sympathy from his opposite number Fitzgerald if he does not like the "playing characteristics" of the grasscourt at the Sydney International tennis centre. Rather, he will have to accept that home field remains a potent advantage in this competition - and one of the aspects that makes the competition so intriguing.

The Austrian indoor clay episode was not the last time in his reign as captain that Fraser encountered a court that had been laid specifically to aid the home team. The following year, the USA used a red claycourt in Indianapolis to help baseliners Andre Agassi and Michael Chang. To justify this, the Americans had to scour the land to find other examples of the surface. "They found two in the whole country," says Fraser. "I can't even remember where they were."

But if the courts laid in Austria and the US - and perhaps even the grasscourts dropped in here - stretch the letter of the Davis Cup laws, they are also part of the attraction of the competition. In an era when the conditions and crowds at most tour stops and even the grand slams have reached relative conformity, to win a Davis Cup tie on a tailor-made surface before a partisan crowd has become the game's greatest act of bravado.

Australia's defeat by Spain in the 2000 Davis Cup final in Barcelona evokes bitter memories for those in the team who believed the local crowd was incited by Spain's mild-mannered Alex Corretja. The coin-throwing of Italian fans during Australia's defeat by Italy in Rome in 1976 is still strong in Fraser's memory. But perhaps the most hostile crowd encountered by Australia was during a first-round tie in Mexico City in 1988.

Spurred on by a local official who also acted as the Mexican captain, members of the crowd shone mirrors in the Australian's eyes and hurled both insults and projectiles - this in the days before home teams could be penalised under the "partisan crowd rule". But, as Masur recalls, it was not merely the crowd that had an unusually combative attitude.

During the normally friendly warm-up before the second rubber, Masur was surprised when his opponent, Francisco Maciel, drilled several balls at his head. Masur lost the match but warned Cash what to expect. "He did the same thing and Cashy was ready for him," said Masur. "He had four balls in his pocket and drilled them all at (Maciel) like a machine gun. He shat himself."

There was another unusual twist to the tie. Forced into an extra day because of poor weather, the Australians arrived on Monday with the tie locked at 2-2 to find their temporary dressing room had been demolished. The team changed at a nearby swimming pool and Cash clinched the decisive victory over Maciel, a result that prompted the crowd to throw the cushions from their seats as the Australians ran from the court.

As is customary, the teams then exchanged gifts. "They gave us something that had 'Mexico v Yugoslavia - 1983' on it," says Masur. "I think we chucked them in the bin."

Adversity inspires heroism. Rather than being rattled by the difficult conditions, Cash relished the adversity. By the end of his four-set match against Maciel, he was taunting and laughing at the Mexican.

Similarly, Lleyton Hewitt's victory over then world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten on clay in Brazil remains one of his greatest achievements. "The atmosphere there was pretty hot, too," says Masur. "I remember there was a punch-up in the crowd, real punches. Those countries are pretty fired up about beating Australia. It starts with a carnival atmosphere with drums and bugles but it can degenerate pretty quickly if the Australian boys start doing well."

In most of these epic Davis Cup stories, Australia is cast as the victim of doctored surfaces and poor crowd behaviour. But with a drop-in grasscourt and the Fanatics chanting in the grandstands, everything possible will be done to accentuate home advantage next week. As Austria will find, Australia is no longer the Davis Cup lilywhite. Just another team doing everything it can to win the Davis Cup.

thelma
02-26-2005, 06:22 PM
http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/v4/l0/s57/e7329/sport_lng0_spo57_evt7329_sto690659.shtml

Hewitt prepares for Australia Cup bid

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After the disappointment of losing the Australian Open final, Lleyton Hewitt returned to training on Tuesday in preparation for Australia's Davis Cup first round tie against Austria in Sydney. The world No2 practised with Scott Draper, Chris Guccione and Todd Reid.

Upon the grass-courts of White City, Hewitt worked in tandem with Davis Cup coach Wally Masur for the 4-6 March tie.

Without the services of Mark Philippoussis, the 23-year-old finds himself spearheading the inexperienced team.

Masur was quick to praise Hewitt ahead of the tie next week.

"He leads by example. Lleyton's not necessarily the kind of guy who's going to sit down and give a rousing speech to the players, but he just leads by example," said Masur.

"He's so professional. We just like the way he goes about his business.

With a 28-6 win/loss record to his name, Hewitt is Australia's most successful Davis Cup singles player and is very much the team leader, explains Masur.

"He comes from a bit of a footballing background and he understands the team environment," he said.

So is he a banker for two points?

"I don't think we think like that. You really don't want that situation," Masur said.

"But I know when I played Davis Cup and Cashy [Pat Cash] was in the team, we all got a little bit cockier. When he wasn't in the team, we crapped ourselves."

Masur hopes that the influence of Hewitt will help his inexperienced team members fight for the second singles berth.

"What a great opportunity for Guccione. Todd Reid's been in the team ... what a great opportunity for him," Masur said.

"This tie more than any other tie, that last spot is probably a bit more open-ended and that's no disrespect to Scott. He's the guy we picked.

"In 12 days of practice, we'd like to encourage the young blokes to really put their best foot forward."

Socket
02-26-2005, 08:38 PM
IIRC, Julian Knowle was one of the players Lleyton beat on his way to his Wimbledon triumph.

dagmar7
02-26-2005, 09:07 PM
Thanks for all the articles and the picture! Wayne is certainly showing some good form in Scottsdale.

:cool:

I didn't know that about Thomas Muster being married to an Australian for seven years. He did well with the sketchy love-life advice question.

dagmar7
02-27-2005, 12:14 PM
From the times...a lot of withdrawals, including Koubek. Muster seems to think very highly of young Mirnegg.:)

February 26, 2005

Traditional Davis Cup powers are struck by withdrawals
By Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent


THE Davis Cup, the competition Tim Henman has left behind, suffered more blows this week that will not be soothed by Andre Agassi’s return two months after America really needed him.
Agassi plays in the World Group first-round tie against Croatia in Carson, California, starting on Friday, having been persuaded by Patrick McEnroe, the United States captain, that the event was good for him again — after the Americans’ defeat by Spain in the final in December.



McEnroe will be delighted that Agassi, 34, is playing at least one more tie, but a few other captains are not so fortunate. Besides Jeremy Bates, of Britain, who could have done with Henman sticking around, the causes of Mats Wilander, of Sweden, and Alberto Mancini, of Argentina, have not been helped by withdrawals.

Wilander has lost Joachim Johansson and Robin Soderling, his in-form players, for the tie against France on clay in Strasbourg. Gaston Gaudio, the French Open champion, picked up a stomach muscle strain in Acapulco this week and will not play for Argentina against the Czech Republic.

Austria, playing Australia on grass in Sydney, have called up Marco Mirnegg, a teenager who, according to Thomas Muster, the captain, is the best thing to emerge in the country since . . . Muster himself.

Murkofan
02-27-2005, 03:46 PM
What's wrong with Pim Pim and Soderling?

Lleyki30
02-27-2005, 05:13 PM
What's wrong with Pim Pim and Soderling?

Both injured. Pim Pim has a shoulder injury and Robin, a foot injury.

dagmar7
02-27-2005, 06:28 PM
Really sad/frustrating for Sweden...

It looks like Wayne may get the nod for singles (instead of Scott Draper) as well. Certainly, this makes sense based on current form.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12390450%255E2722,00.html

Arthurs on a singular cup mission
Patrick Miles
February 28, 2005
THE competition for a Davis Cup singles berth in the team to meet Austria this week was leaning very much in favour of Wayne Arthurs yesterday after the veteran left-hander scored his best result on tour since 2002.

Early this morning (AEDT), Arthurs was scheduled to meet Croatia's Mario Ancic in the final of the ATP event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and regardless of the result, the Australian will be brimming with confidence when he arrives in Sydney for the first-round tie which starts on Friday.

Captain John Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur are faced with multiple choices as they assess the candidates for the second singles spot behind Lleyton Hewitt, and for the doubles team.

With Scott Draper replacing Mark Philippoussis in the team for the tie on a drop-in grass court at Sydney Olympic Park, it was expected the Queenslander would play singles, with Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge to team in Saturday's doubles rubber.

But the form shown by Arthurs in Arizona has made him the main contender to play singles on Friday, and possibly the doubles as well.

At 33, and with a birthday looming next month, Arthurs is junior to only one man on the ATP Tour – Andre Agassi. But the late-bloomer has found some youthful energy in his quest to repeat the feat of 2003 and win the Davis Cup for Australia.

If Arthurs is selected to play singles, his first opponent, on Friday, will be Jurgen Melzer, Austria's No.1 player, who was defeated by Arthurs in Memphis a fortnight ago.

In Scottsdale, on the way to only his second final, Arthurs beat three Americans in succession – Taylor Dent, Justin Gimelstob and Glenn Weiner – then Belgium's Christophe Rochus 7-5 7-6 (7-2) for the right to meet Ancic.

Victory would bring Arthurs his first title in almost 15 years on the professional circuit and place him squarely in the reckoning for all three days of the Davis Cup tie.

In Scottsdale, not every set he played was decided by a tiebreak, which is an indication of Arthurs' good form.

His serve remains his most potent weapon and, on grass, it will be even more dangerous than it was on the hard courts in the US.

"Serving is my best shot and I feel like I'm serving like I did a couple of years ago when I had my best ranking in singles," said Arthurs, who reached No.44 in the world in 2001 and presently stands at No.99.

"Winning matches here helps my confidence going into the Davis Cup, and I have nothing to lose because these guys are ranked ahead of me."

Murkofan
02-28-2005, 02:02 AM
Big ups to Wayno for winning Scottsdale! :bounce:

Jackie
02-28-2005, 07:06 AM
Yeah, go Wayno :bounce: I thought his position as the 2nd Davis Cup singles player was pretty safe already, but it would have to be definate now

SomL.
02-28-2005, 07:58 AM
Good luck Lleyton Wayne Todd and Scott ^_^

Kristen
02-28-2005, 08:42 AM
A friend told me that Draper had been injured for some time... or something :scratch:
I'm pretty hazy on the details, since my care factor is pretty low. You guys have been posting some good articles in here! :yeah:

dagmar7
02-28-2005, 11:41 AM
Thx for info, B_G...nothing about it here.

Fitzgerald is still (at least publicly) keeping his options open.

Arthurs not guaranteed Davis Cup spot
February 28, 2005 - 6:54PM


John Fitzgerald has refused to guarantee Wayne Arthurs a singles berth for Australia's Davis Cup tie with Austria despite applauding the veteran's shock first tour win in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Arthurs became the first 33-year-old in 20 years to win an ATP singles title when he upset Croatia's Wimbledon semi-finalist Mario Ancic in the final of the Channel Open, underlining his good form by reaching the doubles decider at the same event.

Fitzgerald admitted the big-serving left-hander's unlikely success had put him in the driving seat to occupy the second singles spot behind Lleyton Hewitt for this weekend's first round tie on grass at Sydney's International Tennis centre.

But he also conceded that "nothing is set in stone" with Arthurs, the second oldest man on tour behind 34-year-old Andre Agassi, due to return home on Tuesday morning after his marathon run in the US.

His world ranking rocketed from 99 to 63 following his desert triumph but Fitzgerald was more concerned with Arthurs' physical condition before he made his final selection.

"Wayne will be a confident tennis player when he gets here and you can't buy that confidence," said Fitzgerald.

"He usually lifts his games for Davis Cup level more than as an individual.

"He is in the mix for singles and doubles but it depends on a number of factors and about how he feels this week.

"He should get three good nights of sleep behind him and, on paper, he is favourite for the singles, particularly when he's got that confidence.

"But he's also had a lot of hard matches. I also know grass is suited to his game while he's always in the mix for singles and doubles.

"But we've got some options and while I have an inclination, nothing is set in stone. I don't know for sure yet."

Fitzgerald, forced to turn to Arthurs due to the absence of an out of form Mark Philippoussis, was confident his veteran campaigner would give his all to help secure a quarter-final with the Czech Republic or Argentina in July.

And he is also believes his first tournament win won't be the last of a professional career that began in 1990.

"I am thrilled for the guy," said Fitzgerald.

"It's a great achievement and he beat a great player in the final which tells me he has some good tennis left in his career.

"It's taken time but when he is playing to his strengths then Wayne is very difficult to beat.

"He's broken through the barrier and to win one is a real achievement. Now he's won one, he might win one or two more before he finishes."

Providing he proves his fitness, Arthurs is likely to play on Saturday with doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge as they try to replicate the form that helped Australia win the Davis Cup two years ago.

Fitzgerald's Austrian counterpart Thomas Muster doesn't expect Arthurs' win to improve Australia's victory prospects.

"It's a confidence boost but he's still got to travel here and play," said Muster.

"We know what he is like - he's a great player and has a big serve but it doesn't make a difference to me if he's won Scottsdale or not.

"It's a great effort for him but it doesn't make a difference to the Davis Cup."

Australia is bidding to avoid a repeat of their 4-1 first round defeat at the hands of Sweden a year ago and Fitzgerald said he was wary of the visitors even though they are more comfortable on clay.

"We know Austria can play on grass," said the Aussie captain.

"Will it disadvantage them? I wouldn't say yes.

"We only have an advantage because we are at home and grass suits us and gives us the best chance. I'm interested to see the outcome."

© 2005 AAP

Knockers LaBroad
02-28-2005, 12:38 PM
Go Australia...:bounce:

Really hope Arthurs isn't too tired....

sprinterluck
02-28-2005, 04:56 PM
Aussie Tom's divided loyalties
By John Thirsk
February 27, 2005
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12385088-23216,00.html

AUSTRIAN Davis Cup coach Thomas Muster calls Australia his favourite country.

But that opinion is sure to change for three days - starting on Friday at Sydney Olympic Park - when Muster will show Australia no mercy in a first-round Davis Cup tie.

Speaking with a distinct Aussie accent after a two-hour practice session at White City yesterday, Muster, 38, was happy to talk up his love of Australia.

"I had a house in Noosa for seven years (that he sold for $7 million) and lived here full-time for a couple of years," he said.

"I also had a house in Newport Beach and my favourite pub was the Newport Arms. I had another property in Perth.

"I used to be married to an Australian (TV celebrity Jo Beth Taylor), so it's like coming back to my second home. So I feel comfortable about that."

Muster said being married to a celebrity was not easy and he was not about to give any advice to Lleyton Hewitt after the Australian No1's engagement to TV soap star Bec Cartwright.

"Lleyton has to make his own decisions about his life and what suits his needs," Muster said. "You never know in life what is going to happen next and Lleyton must do what he feels is right for him.

"I thought I was going to be married for the rest of my life, but it's tough when you are travelling year-long.

"I've got another life now after selling my Australian properties and have set

up businesses in Europe.

"But tennis has always been my favourite job and it's been a pleasure being around the players and especially great being with the Davis Cup team."

The former world No.1 doesn't expect any surprises in the Australian line-up, with Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs selected for singles and, pending the opening day singles results, Todd Woodbridge and Arthurs combining in the doubles.

It is likely Jurgen Meltzer and Julian Knowle will play singles for Austria.

The Sunday Telegraph

Turkeyballs Paco
02-28-2005, 05:12 PM
Fairfax Digital
Grass is always greener at home
By Edmund Tadros
March 1, 2005

It seemed that everyone was happy with the not-so-green grass laid at the Sydney International tennis centre for this weekend's Davis Cup tie.

Australia captain John Fitzgerald described the surface as "very lush", while Austria captain Thomas Muster said it was "perfect" and Lleyton Hewitt didn't say anything.

Grass, used in the 2003 Davis Cup final against Spain at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, was chosen to give Australia greater home advantage. After Australia's first session on the grass, Fitzgerald explained why his team liked the greenery.

"As expected, I think it's got a lot of cover," he said. "It's very lush. I think it's the first time it's been in a really hot, humid environment so the grass has been growing very well and the court's good."

Fitzgerald said Hewitt's silence on the matter spoke volumes. "If he doesn't say much that means he's pretty happy with it," the captain said, adding that the grass was "our home-court advantage".

"You have the prerogative to choose your surface. We believe the grass presents us with the best opportunity."

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AdvertisementHe said the Austrians were still comfortable on grass. "[Jurgen] Melzer can play on any surface," he said. "He's a quality player. And Julian Knowle made the final of Wimbledon in doubles last year. They know how to play on grass."

Muster said Australia would have the upper hand regardless of the surface. "I think there's always an advantage if you're at home," he said. "You have the facilities, you know your court.

"But we like it and it's just as well. Australia has hardly lost a match in Australia but we will try our best. We've prepared very well so we'll see how we go."

NOMAD
03-01-2005, 03:43 AM
Thanks for the articles :worship:
C'mon Aussies!!!:bounce:
:woohoo: for Wayno's first title:angel:

NOMAD
03-01-2005, 03:55 AM
Arthurs set to play singles
http://www.sportal.com.au/tennis.asp?i=news&id=62985



Wayne Arthurs is set to fill Australia's second singles spot in this weekend's Davis Cup tie against Austria according to captain John Fitzgerald.

Fresh from his first ATP Tour victory in Scottsdale, Arthurs has arrived in Australia and the big left-hander is set to play a major role in the first-round tie.

"Wayne deserves to be considered as the second singles player," Fitzgerald said.

Lleyton Hewitt will take the number one spot, while Arthurs and Scott Draper are in contention for the second singles spot. Todd Woodbridge will play doubles with Arthurs favoured to partner him on Saturday.

Hewitt will be pleased with the fine weather in Sydney which promises to make the newly-laid grass court hard and fast.
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Arthurs ready for Davis Cup challenge
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200503/s1313434.htm

Australian tennis player Wayne Arthurs has joined his team-mates in Sydney to prepare for this week's Davis Cup tie against Austria.

The 33-year-old arrived home this morning after yesterday claiming his first ATP tour title with victory over Croatian Mario Ancic in the final of the $483,583 Scottsdale tournament in Arizona.

Arthurs says winning the first singles tournament of his career is a monkey off his back.

"Coming into here obviously it gives me great confidence, maybe a little tired because I just arrived this morning, but I'll get over that in the next day or so and nothing like confidence coming into a big tie like this," he said.

Arthurs, who is expected to be named the second singles player behind Lleyton Hewitt, said he was not worried about his lack of practice on grass.

"I'm probably a little bit of a confidence player, and to get those matches under my belt is probably a little more important than maybe two or three more days extra on the grass," he said.

Meanwhile, Australia's top-ranked tennis player Hewitt declared himself fully fit for the tie.

The world number two carried a hip injury through last month's Australian Open and has not played since losing to Russia's Marat Safin in the final.

But Hewitt said he was feeling refreshed after a month-long break.

"Coming onto grass I just took it easy right at the start for the first couple of hits, and I've got better and better as the days have progressed over the last week-and-a-half or so," he said.

"I'm pretty happy where my game's at on the surface right at the moment."

SomL.
03-01-2005, 07:49 AM
:) Thanks for the articles : )

Kristen
03-01-2005, 08:01 AM
The Australians will be training at Homebush at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday) and around the same time on Thursday. Today I spoke to Jurgen and Thomas Muster... Jurgen said training was either 10 or 2 (he is so clueless. but it's adorable!) and Thomas confirmed that it was the latter. He REALLY does sound Aussie. Now, I better get out of this thread before bad gambler finds me and accuses me of being patriotic :eek: :bolt:

Jackie
03-01-2005, 11:01 AM
:lol: You're so patriotic :p...and you know Bad Gambler will find you

dagmar7
03-01-2005, 03:51 PM
From the Australian...more Ll/Wayne quotes, speculation.

Hewitt needs shot of motivation
Patrick Miles
March 02, 2005

MOTIVATION is an ingredient normally carried in abundance by Lleyton Hewitt, but three days before Australia's first-round Davis Cup tie against Austria, he is in short supply and in need of a top-up before Friday's singles rubber.

It seems the Australian Open, where he was runner-up to Marat Safin, took a heavier toll than even he expected and yesterday, while declaring his physical fitness for the fray at Sydney Olympic Park, he suggested he had not quite returned to his typical temper. In his first tennis interview since the final at Melbourne Park just over a month ago, Hewitt also revealed the extent of the task he had faced in January, when he played eight straight matches with a small tear in his hip flexor.

It was not the first time Hewitt had reached a Grand Slam final, but said yesterday: "It probably took the most out of me that I've ever had, I think - the whole four weeks of the Australian summer.

"I just needed a break more than anything, and I knew I would afterwards, whether I made the final or not.

"Physically and mentally, I needed a break. I feel good at the moment. I'm just trying to get the motivation and the adrenalin back in the body."

Hewitt injured himself during the semi-finals at the Sydney International, which he won, then played seven matches at the Australian Open, receiving daily treatment for the injury and resting on his non-playing days.

"You're on autopilot a little bit during the tournament; you've got that much adrenalin through your body," Hewitt said. "So when it's all out of your system straight after the tournament, you've sort of hit a wall.

"So I'm just trying to bounce back now."

Evidence of two days' practice suggests Hewitt is his usual formidable self.

He has been hitting vigorously with Todd Reid and Scott Draper - a right-left combination in anticipation of Austria's selections.

The squad was completed yesterday by the return of the conquering hero, Wayne Arthurs, whose feet have barely touched the ground since he won his maiden ATP title in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Sunday.

Certainly, he says, his lips have not touched beer.

"I played singles and half an hour later I was back on the court and lost the doubles final, Paul Hanley and myself. Then within 45 minutes, I was at Phoenix airport. Then 24 hours later, I'm here," Arthurs said yesterday.

"Obviously, it cuts down my time here that I have to practise on the grass, but the confidence factor is going to outweigh the lack of practice when I get on the grass."

Arthurs' stunning success has given captain John Fitzgerald a welcome dilemma.

A week ago, he was most likely imagining that he would play Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge in Saturday's doubles and give singles duties to Hewitt and Draper.

Now Arthurs has forced his hand and the temptation will be to send him out with Hewitt on Friday, hoping for a two-point lead.

Hewitt and Woodbridge practised as a partnership yesterday, under coach Wally Masur's supervision, and said they were prepared to renew their association in Davis Cup doubles.

"If 'Fitzy' and Wally choose me to play in the doubles on Saturday, then I'll put my hat in the ring and have a crack," Hewitt said.

"I feel like I've played enough big matches in doubles, especially in Davis Cup, to be able to handle not only the pressures of playing a one-off doubles match but being able to handle three matches. It shouldn't be a problem."

When his body, in his words, "shut down" after the Australian Open, Hewitt did not touch a racquet for three weeks, confining his training to the gym and pool.

He returned recently to the surface on which he won the second of his two Grand Slam singles titles, saying: "I'm pretty happy with where my game's at on the surface right at the moment."

The drop-in grass court - which so far has a 1-1 record for benefiting Australia - should be of great interest to the left-handed Arthurs, who has an extraordinary serve on any surface.

Arthurs said he was pleased to be taking his place in the team by right, as his country's second-ranked singles player, but with reservations.

"It is a good feeling but on the other hand, we'd like to have a lot more Australian guys knocking on the door at the same time," Arthurs said.

"I think I deserve this opportunity to be out there being the No.2 player in Australia at the moment."

dagmar7
03-02-2005, 06:30 PM
The Austrians (according to them) are delighted with the surface.

Let the games begin! :angel:

http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,12424830%255E3162,00.html

Davis Cup foes laud slow pace
Leo Schlink
03mar05

AUSTRIA'S top tennis player Jurgen Melzer believes Australia's decision to use a portable grasscourt for tomorrow's first-round Davis Cup tie in Sydney has played into his team's hands.

The left-hander is delighted at the sluggish pace of the StrathAyr court laid at Homebush Bay.
"So far, it's been pretty slow compared to White City," Melzer said.

"It's pretty slow at the moment, but it's going to get quicker as it gets closer to the match.

"The court the way it is, is fair. Unless it gets too fast, it's fine."

Australia hopes the recently knitted surface will become faster with more sun, wind and practice use.

Groundstaff will continue to mow the court, which was last used for the 2003 final at Melbourne Park, where Mark Philippoussis inspired Australia to a 3-1 victory over Spain.

Austrian captain Thomas Muster was also pleased with the court.

"This surface is fair," Muster said.

"It's about using your home advantage. It's part of the competition.

"We've done the same thing against England. Every nation has that right to take that advantage and so does Australia. If it's fair, it's good."

Wimbledon winner Lleyton Hewitt described the court on Tuesday as lush, predicting it would speed up over the last two days before the tie after it was mown.

But Sydney's weather might yet intervene in a negative way for hot favourite Australia.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald predicts a tough encounter with the Austrians -- the last thing he needs is the visitors feeling confident and comfortable on grass.

"Five matches in a two-horse race is always close," he said. "It's rare that it's one-way traffic, and in Davis Cup ties they (Austria) have some quality in their team.

"I don't know how much you've seen of Jurgen Melzer but he's a world-class player, a good player, and he can play on every surface.

"I saw him play Rusty (Hewitt) a few times last year and they had some pretty full-on tussles.

"He was competitive and they've also got a player (Julian Knowle) who was in the final of the Wimbledon doubles last year.

"We chose grass because this is our best opportunity, but there's not a lot of difference in their preference of surface from their point of view, that's my guess."

kim-fan
03-02-2005, 06:50 PM
Let the games begin! :angel:



can't wait :bounce:

nice articles :) thx

SomL.
03-03-2005, 08:12 AM
Hewitt and Peya up first in Sydeny
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Austria's Alexander Peya will kick off the first round of their tie in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. Then Wayne Arthurs will take on Jurgen Melzer. The doubles rubber on day two will feature Todd Woodbridge and Arthurs against Peya and Julian Knowle. The reverse singles on day three has Hewitt and Melzer first up with Arthurs and Peya closing the tie.

"It didn't bother me one way or another about playing first or second," said Hewitt. "Hopefully I can go out there and get the boys off to a 1-0 start and put a lot of pressure on Melzer. I think that can be a huge bonus for us. If I can go out there and get the job done, Melzer knows he is going to have an extremely tough match against Wayne anyway, but if they are 1-0 down, it's a bit of a must win for them.

"Hopefully I can put Wayne in that position, to go out there with the confidence he has picked up in the last week and a half, and hopefully we'll be in for a big day."

The world No. 2 ranked player indicated that he expected Peya to be the second singles player for the visitors but says he doesn't know that much about him. He did however see him in action at Wimbledon last year. The Austrian lost to Andy Roddick in the third round and did push the American in that match. It showed that Peya is reasonably comfortable on grass, the surface that has been laid down at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.

"It's an amazing honour just to play Davis Cup at any stage and it's fantastic back playing a World Group match again after losing in the first round last year, after winning it the year before, and having to concentrate on playing a relegation match for six months last year," added Hewitt. "It's good to be back in the World Group and you don't want to let these opportunities slip. I know myself and the rest of the team are looking forward to the challenge of getting through to the quarterfinal."

Arthurs comes into this tie in a slightly different frame of mind to most of the other ones he has played. He is legitimately the number two ranked player having taken his ranking to 63 following his first ever title win the weekend before. During his recent run at tournaments in the USA he defeated Melzer in Memphis in two tiebreaks, but his title victory in Scottsdale, Arizona, has lifted his confidence. The lanky lefty said that is crucial for him because he tends to be a "confidence player."

"When you win a different tournament you have a different mindset, the confidence oozes out of you and it's nice to come into the tie knowing that I am the second singles player by right and probably I will come out with a different mind set and more confidence," said Arthurs. "I have a very tough match. It was a tight match when I played him a couple of weeks ago. I think it's good for me to come out second, with Lleyton being a very hot favourite going into the first match. Hopefully I will play as well as I have in the last week and a half."

Austrian captain Thomas Muster believes that the match Arthurs and Melzer played in Memphis will not have a bearing when they meet in the second rubber. He said that Melzer actually didn't want to play in Memphis after twisting his ankle the week before in San Jose, and still took Arthurs to 7-6, 7-6.

In the doubles, Arthurs and Woodbridge have teamed up in Davis Cup eight times and have lost on three occasions while the Austrian combination of Knowle and Peya have played four times together in the competition and have a 50:50 record, however they have beaten the serve-volley combination of Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in Davis Cup.

With the reverse singles, captains are able to change their players and it will be interesting to see if John Fitzgerald will throw in surprise recruit Chris Guccione on the final day. Certainly the betting is that he will if the reverse singles are dead rubbers in an effort to give the very tall left-hander with a bullet serve a taste of what it is like to play in the greatest annual team sporting event.

Good luck Australia !!!!!! Come on Aussie : )

sprinterluck
03-03-2005, 02:51 PM
Good quotes from Lleyton. Thanks. :yeah:

Raquel
03-03-2005, 05:28 PM
Good luck Lleyton! :bounce:

Lisbeth
03-03-2005, 09:43 PM
Good luck Lleyton and Wayne :bounce: :D

thelma
03-03-2005, 09:50 PM
C'mon Lleyton! :bounce:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_4-3-2005_pg2_13

Hewitt to lead off Australia’s Davis Cup tie against Austria

SYDNEY: World number 2 Lleyton Hewitt will lead off Australia’s Davis Cup first-round tennis tie against 144th-ranked Austrian Alexander Peya on grass here on Friday. Australia’s second singles player Wayne Arthurs, who won his first career ATP Tour final in Arizona last weekend, will take on Austria’s number one player Jurgen Melzer in the other singles Friday.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald designated Arthurs to team up with doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge in Saturday’s doubles against the Austrian pair of Julian Knowle and Peya. In Sunday’s reverse singles, Hewitt will take on Melzer, ranked 34 in the world, in the battle of the national number ones and Arthurs has a match with Peya. “Hopefully, I can go out there and give the boys a one-nil start and put the pressure on Melzer,” said Hewitt, who hasn’t played since losing the Australian Open final to Russian Marat Safin here on January 30. “I think that could be a huge bonus for us. If I can go out there and get the job done ... Melzer knows he’s going to have an extremely tough match anyway but if they’re one-love down, it’s a bit of a must-win for him. “So hopefully I can put Wayne (Arthurs) in that position and, with the confidence he’s picked up over the last week-and-a-half, hopefully we’re in for a big day tomorrow.” Melzer insisted he wasn’t carrying most of the burden for Austria. “At the end, we need three points. It doesn’t matter how we get them,” Melzer said.

“My match (against Arthurs) isn’t more important than Alex’s against Lleyton.” Austria defeated Australia 5-0 at their last Davis Cup meeting in Vienna in 1989 in which they played on a clay court laid over carpet. But the Australians are seeking to reinforce their home advantage by laying a drop-in grass court on the Sydney Olympic tennis centre’s main court. Australia have won the Davis Cup 28 times, second only to the United States, and last won the annual tennis teams’ trophy in 2003 against Spain in Melbourne on grass. Austria are yet to lift the trophy with its best performance being a semi-final appearance in 1990. afp

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http://au.news.yahoo.com/050303/21/tc5c.html

Friday March 4, 08:36 AM

Hewitt wary of Austrian challenge

World number two Lleyton Hewitt says he's looking forward to leading off Australia's bid to move into the next round of the Davis Cup.

Hewitt will play the opening match of Australia's tie against Austria's Alexander Peya in Sydney today with Wayne Arthurs to play the second match against Austrian number one Jurgen Melzer.

Hewitt says while he's never played the 144th ranked Peya, he's expecting a tough match.

"I've seen him play a couple of matches at Wimbledon last year," Hewitt said.

"He ended up losing to Roddick in the third round and pushed Roddick a bit in that match, so he can play on grass. He's a dangerous player."

Peya said he was not daunted by the prospect of taking on Hewitt. Peya said he liked playing on grass and would to give it his best shot against the home favourite.

"I'm going to fight out there and that's all I can do," the Austrian said. "Of course, he's the favourite but I'm going to get my chances, I hope, then I'll try to take it."

Hewitt said the team was keen to avoid its first round loss to Sweden last year.

He said it was hard to spend six months of last year worrying about relegation from the world group after winning the Davis Cup in 2003.

"It's good to be back in the world group now," he said.

"You don't want to let these opportunities slip by so I know myself and the rest of the team are all looking forward to the challenge of getting through to the quarter-finals."

Lisbeth
03-03-2005, 09:59 PM
I think it's great that Lleyton knows about players he's never played. It shows a level of professonal dedication above the usual "let my coach worry about who's next and ignore everyone else" attitude ;)

Lisbeth
03-03-2005, 11:58 PM
Ooh they've started :) Lleyton leads 6-2 3-2* :)

dagmar7
03-04-2005, 03:02 AM
:woohoo:

From the official site. :)

Australia Takes Early Lead
Australia has taken a 1-0 lead against Austria in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie at the Sydney International Tennis Centre. Lleyton Hewitt dominated Alexander Peya for almost the entire match and cruised to victory in about 90 minutes 62 63 64.

The result is Hewitt's 26th Davis Cup singles win from 31 matches while Peya has now lost two of the three Davis Cup singles matches he has played.

The Australian team wanted the first point so any pressure would be taken off Wayne Arthurs when he played Jurgen Melzer in the second rubber.

NOMAD
03-04-2005, 03:44 AM
wayno won 7-6 6-2 6-4 :woohoo:
Lleyton :yippee: :yippee:

NOMAD
03-04-2005, 03:47 AM
From the official site.

04 Mar 2005 - Sydney International Tennis Centre, Sydney, Australia - Craig Gabriel

Australia Takes Early Lead
If Lleyton Hewitt could package up the centre court at the Sydney International Tennis Centre and take it on the road with him, then he certainly would. The world No. 2 gave Australia an early lead against Austria in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas when he defeated Alexander Peya 62 63 64 in one hour 45 minutes.

"I don't know what it is about this court," said Hewitt who has only ever lost one singles match on it, to Max Mirnyi at the Olympic Games in 2000. "I enjoy playing here but I think once you start playing well at a stadium or arena, you like going back there and it makes it a lot easier to play well there. You have good memories.

"There are a lot of tournaments throughout the year, I prefer to play at, not necessarily because of the tournament but because I have been there and played well in the past. That's had a big part to do with it here. You have a bit of luck in some tight matches and you start think you're unbeatable. I'm pretty confident out here. It's a great stadium."

Hewitt dropped the first two points of the match against Peya but then went on a run that netted him the next twelve points and the pressure was on the Austrian. Hewitt clinched the first set on his second set point with a wonderful backhand winner down the line.

In the second set Peya broke serve and then held for a 2-0 lead but Hewitt rallied, wasting no time as she swept through the next five games. The Australian made it two sets to love after Peya tried to pick up a forehand but scooped the ball long.

The first two games of the third saw an exchange of break but Hewitt broke again in the fifth game and maintained that advantage and gave Australia the first point when Peya sent a return into the bottom of the net on match point.

Hewitt said he never doubted his chances in the match but added that he had "a lot of time for Alexander as a player."

"He deserved to play the number two singles for Austria, he hit the ball well," said Hewitt. "He's a good athlete, he looks strong and moved extremely well around the net."

Peya felt his game was a bit up and down and he did feel the pressure on his service games.

"It was not easy to come in when my first serve was not (working)," said Peya. I didn't feel I was playing that bad, it was okay, but not consistent enough."

Jackie
03-04-2005, 03:51 AM
YAY. Lleyton and Wayno both won. I'm well on the way to lots of Vcash

Lisbeth
03-04-2005, 04:07 AM
:woohoo: Wayne - and Lleyton of course!

I didn't even know you could bet on individual Davis Cup matches :( ;)

Looks like Gucc might get a turn on Sunday!

graffiti
03-04-2005, 06:13 AM
Well done LLeyton! :bounce:
Good luck team Australia!

NOMAD
03-04-2005, 07:50 AM
Australia takes 2-0 lead
March 4, 2005



SYDNEY, March 4 AAP - Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs had Australia bound for the Davis Cup quarter-finals after surging to straight-sets singles wins on day one of the first-round grasscourt tie against Austria today.

Hewitt, the world No.2, outclassed 144th-ranked Alexander Peya 6-2 6-3 6-4 before the rejuvenated Arthurs turned the screws with a memorable 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4 defeat of Austrian No.1 Jurgen Melzer.

Australia can clinch a last-eight showdown with Argentina or the Czech Republic with victory in tomorrow's doubles at the Sydney International Tennis Centre.
Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge were named on Thursday to play Peya and Julian Knowle in the potentially decisive third rubber, but Australian captain John Fitzgerald said a team talk tonight would determine whether or not Hewitt was called on for doubles duty.

Arthurs rode the high of his breakthrough ATP title success in Scottsdale on Sunday to upstage Melzer, a player ranked 31 places above him at world No.34.
But the veteran left-hander, who turns 34 this month, may be rested from the doubles after having just two days to recover from his long-haul flight back from the US.
Both Hewitt and Arthurs said they were feeling strong enough to partner Woodbridge.

"At the moment, I'm planning that Wayne and Todd will play," Hewitt said.
"They're the two that were named. I will still prepare myself for the fourth rubber like it's going to be a live match against Melzer. But if they decide to put me in, I'm feeling fresh enough after today's match."
Hewitt's effortless win over Peya was his 24th straight at the venue and enhanced his record as the most successful singles player in Australian Davis Cup history.


Jurgen Melzer failed to catch a set against Arthurs.

The 24-year-old has now won 26 of his 31 singles matches in the competition, two more than Australia's war-time champion Adrian Quist.
Yet it was Arthurs who stole most of the accolades.
He rated his win, under the circumstances, alongside his stunning defeat of then Australian Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov on his Davis Cup debut in 1999 - and Fitzgerald agreed.

"That was one of Wayne's best wins, I think, at Davis Cup level," Fitzgerald said.
"He's probably not quite the name player as Kafelnikov was, but I've got a lot of respect for Melzer. He's a quality player and to beat him in straight sets is no mean feat."
Arthurs was over the moon. :angel:
"Very satisfying, actually," he said.
"To be able to come out there and play as well as I did ... to be able to get off the plane and recover in 48 hours and then play as well as that, it's one of the most pleasing matches I've been apart of."

It was Arthurs' second defeat of Melzer in two weeks after downing his fellow southpaw 7-6 7-6 in Memphis two weeks ago in their only previous career meeting.
And he paid tribute to Hewitt for easing the pressure.
"To have a back-up like Lleyton, you know you're pretty much going to be one up every time you go out second on court," he said.

Fitzgerald was thrilled and relieved to be in such a commanding position in the tie.
"It takes a bit of pressure off. At one-all, it's a whole different ball game. It's a very handy position to be in," he said.
"Whenever you go into the second day of a Davis Cup tie at 1-1, in some respects it's a toss of the coin. It's a relief to be 2-0."
Austrian captain Thomas Muster said he was expecting Melzer to beat Arthurs, but refused to be disappointed.
"We didn't come here expecting to win 5-0," Muster said.
"It's a learning process for us. There's doubles to play tomorrow and I'm looking forward to that."

SomL.
03-04-2005, 08:15 AM
Congratulation Lleyton and Wayne ^_^ Good luck for the double match tomorrow Come on : )

kim-fan
03-04-2005, 09:56 AM
:clap2: for wayne and lleyton

thelma
03-04-2005, 10:20 AM
Well done, Lleyton and Wayne! :yeah: :bounce:

Congrats!! :D

tournesol
03-04-2005, 12:16 PM
congrats guys, keep going :bigclap:

dagmar7
03-04-2005, 01:42 PM
Hewitt and Arthurs fire
By Leo Schlink
March 05, 2005

:D

AUSTRALIA yesterday ruthlessly rammed home their Davis Cup grasscourt superiority over fragile Austria, steaming to a 2-0 lead after excellent displays from Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs.

Bidding to reach July's quarter-finals against either Argentina or Czech Republic, Australia need only to snare today's doubles rubber to pencil in a July 15-17 appointment.

Atoning for Australia's shock first-round defeat to Sweden in Adelaide last year, Hewitt and Arthurs swamped Alexander Peya and Jurgen Melzer in quick succession without dropping a set.

World No.2 Hewitt set the tone with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 whipping of Peya before Arthurs shrugged off Melzer 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4.

"It's always tough to play the first match of a Davis Cup tie in any situation, no matter who you play against," Hewitt said.

"It's more of a mental battle than anything else.

"I just tried to stamp my authority on the match and I felt like I was doing that early on.

"To his credit, though, he's a good player. He makes you play a lot of balls. He's a flashy player."

Hewitt declared before the tie he wanted to hammer Peya and pile pressure onto Melzer - and the plan worked brilliantly.

Contesting his first match since losing the Australian Open final to Marat Safin, Hewitt was merciless and efficient against overwhelmed Peya.

Hewitt lost the first two points of the match - both on ordinary bounces - then won the following 12 points to surge to a 3-0 lead. He was barely threatened thereafter, committing just 12 unforced errors in 105 minutes, dropping serve twice while dominating a stubborn, outclassed opponent.

Hewitt's victory was his 26th singles Cup success - an Australian record - and improved his overall record to 29-6.

At his current rate, 24-year-old Hewitt will almost certainly overtake fellow South Australian Adrian Quist's long-standing 43-13 mark for the most wins overall.

Buoyed by his landmark Scottsdale win last week, Arthurs tightened Australia's grip with a tremendous win.

Unshaken at 3-5 down in the first-set tiebreak, the veteran roared away from frustrated Melzer to have the visitors facing early elimination today.

The 33-year-old left-hander broke serve twice in the second set and twice more in the third set to have the contest in his keeping. "Very satisfying," Arthurs said. "It's one of the most pleasing matches I've been part of. I would put this up there in my top three wins."

Australian captain John Fitzgerald declared Arthurs' victory was "one of his best wins at Davis Cup level".

Fitzgerald has named Arthurs to partner Todd Woodbridge against Julian Knowle and Peya today but can change his combination. Hewitt is the alternative.

thelma
03-04-2005, 07:01 PM
Audio Interview from DC website:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_3765_mp3.MP3

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http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tennis/King-Arthurs-holds-court-for-20-lead/2005/03/04/1109700680520.html?oneclick=true

King Arthurs holds court for 2-0 lead
[/I]By Richard Hinds[/I]
March 5, 2005

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2005/03/05/waynearthurs_wideweb__430x257.jpg
First blood: Lleyton Hewitt ups the intensity during his straight-sets demolition of Alexander Peya yesterday.

About the only place in Sydney that has not been honoured by the presence of minor European royalty this week is the International Tennis Centre. So, in the absence of Princess Mary, the fans instead hailed King Arthurs as the nation's new tennis blue blood led the home team to a seemingly unbeatable 2-0 lead with an emphatic victory over Austria's No.1, Jurgen Melzer.

Wayne Arthurs's 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4 win followed a predictably dominant performance by Lleyton Hewitt in the opening rubber against Alexander Peya. With Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge heavily favoured to beat Julian Knowle and Peya in today's doubles, only disaster or mishap can now disrupt Australia's smooth passage to the second round against the winner of the Argentina-Czech Republic tie.

Australia had started this tie as hot favourites on the portable grass surface - particularly with Austria's No.2 singles player Stefan Koubek suspended for taking a banned substance. However, Arthurs's victory in particular was the source of relief after last year's upset first-round loss to Sweden in Adelaide.

"Matches turn quickly against the tie and whenever you go into the second day of a Davis Cup tie at 1-1 it is, in some respects, a toss of the coin," Australian captain John Fitzgerald said. "It's a relief to be 2-0. A very handy position."

Having reported for duty just three days before the tie after winning his first ATP event in the US, there was some fear 33-year-old Arthurs would suffer from fatigue and lack of preparation against the talented Melzer, who is ranked No.34 in the world. However, after recovering from 3-5 down in the tie-breaker to clinch the first set, Arthurs's newfound confidence was apparent as he dominated Melzer with his big serve and produced some brilliant winners from the back of the court.

Fitzgerald described Arthurs's performance as one of his best. "He's not quite the name player that a [Yevgeny] Kafelnikov was [in the 1999 tie against Russia], but I've a lot of respect for Melzer," he said. "I think he's a high-quality player and to beat him in straight sets is no mean feat."

The usually self-effacing Arthurs did not disagree. "I know there were a few ugly moments along the way, but to be able to get up to play him in 48 hours and play as well as that, it was one of the most pleasing matches I've been part of," said Arthurs, who revelled on a court that produced a few uneven bounces. "It's got a few bumps and lumps, but we chose grass for the benefit of our team and it proved a very good decision."

Melzer clearly struggled with the erratic bounce but chose to praise Arthurs rather than blame the court. "There were a lot of bumpy bounces ... but that's a grass court and we have to deal with it because we cannot change that," he said.

With Arthurs having had a relatively easy day, he seems likely to take his place in the doubles - although Fitzgerald said he had not yet made a final decision when asked if he would consider pairing Hewitt with Woodbridge instead.

For his part, Hewitt was typically merciless in his 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 destruction of world No.144 Peya. That victory stretched Hewitt's imposing Davis Cup singles record to 26-5, and he has not lost a match at this venue - on grass, clay or Rebound Ace - since his defeat by Max Mirnyi in the 2000 Olympics.

After a slightly rusty start in which he smacked two forehands into the net, Hewitt won the next 12 points, pouncing on the Austrian's limp second serve with the ferocity of Adam Gilchrist crushing a meek half-volley. Even the usually carnivorous Fanatics seemed to take pity on the Austrian after that and, by the sometimes riotous standards of the Davis Cup, the lop-sided rubber was played out in a subdued atmosphere.

To his credit, Peya at least attempted to come in to the net and forced a break early in the second set to take a 2-0 lead. But that only seemed to get Hewitt's competitive juices flowing and he then ripped off five consecutive games, producing the usual array of celebratory hand gestures and the occasional "C'mon" to give the fans something to cheer. However, those who bought tickets for Sunday might not get the same value for money.
DAVIS CUP


SCORE

Australia lead Austria 2-0

1-Lleyton Hewitt bt 2-Alexander Peya 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

2-Wayne Arthurs bt 1-Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7-5) 6-2, 6-4.

DAVIS CUP RECORD

Australia 1, Austria 1. (Australia won 5-0, London, grass, 1905. Austria won 5-0, Vienna, clay, 1989.)

DRAW

Today: Woodbridge/Arthurs v Peya/Julian Knowle. Tomorrow: Hewitt v Melzer, Arthurs v Peya.

Ashie_87
03-05-2005, 03:27 AM
:ras: play has been stopped cos it started raining. it's 1-4 in the 3rd

SomL.
03-05-2005, 09:01 AM
^_^ Australia cruise into last eight ^_^

Australia moved into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup with a doubles victory on Saturday that gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead over Austria.
Victories for Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs on Friday had put Australia in command, but Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge struggled in the doubles.

The Aussies finally overcame Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-4 7-5 after a 90-minute rain break.

Australia will meet either Argentina or the Czech Republic in July.

dagmar7
03-05-2005, 11:36 AM
Well done! :worship: ...seems like Wayne kept it together for the doubles team according to the report on the official site.:)

http://www.daviscup.com/news/matchreport.asp?id=13182

04 Mar 2005 - Sydney International Tennis Centre, Sydney, AUS - Craig Gabriel - AUS v AUT
Australia Takes Unbeatable 3-0 Lead
Australia is into the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas. Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge have given the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead over Austria by coming back from two-sets-to-one down to score a 46 63 26 64 75 victory over Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer. The match ended with a service winner from Woodbridge who closed out the match to love after what had been a shaky afternoon with his serve.

"It's a bit of a relief," said Australian captain John Fitzgerald. "It was tough to get a lot of great bounces to return, in particular in the middle of the court. The court probably makes it a bit of an equaliser and that was a tough one to grind out. Our guys, it wasn't the best match they have ever played by a long way, but it was pretty gutsy in the end.

"They just kept their heads down and played well at the right times ... at the finish. Tough match though."

The Austrians were only too aware that the doubles rubber was a crucial one for them having lost the opening day's singles. They came out firing on all cylinders and broke Woodbrigde's serve in the third game after Melzer had saved six break points in the game before. That gave the visitors a much needed boost.

The Australians kept pressing but Woodbridge was struggling to hold serve. In fact he lost his serve four times in his first six service games. Arthurs was keeping them in touch with Knowle and Melzer with his movement about the court. The Aussies levelled with the second set but midway through the third, with the Austrians leading 4-1, rain forced an interruption to the match for about 90 minutes.

On returning Arthurs held serve but Woodbridge's woes continued when he double faulted to lose his serve for a second time in the set. This time it was at set point down and gave Knowle and Melzer the third set.

If Woodbridge was not playing at his best for the Aussies, then Knowle was in a similar situation at the opposite end and extra pressure was put on him during his service games. He was broken in the third game and had to save another break point in the seventh game. Arthurs then served out the set to level the rubber and bring the crowd alive.

The decider went with serve until the eleventh game when the pressure got to Melzer. Down a break point, he double faulted which pretty much handed the match to the Australians and Woodbridge served it out to love and secured their place in the quarterfinals.

Arthurs and Woodbridge agreed that the rain delay was a saviour for them. Arthurs explained that his legs had been feeling heavy after all the tennis he has played recently and the travelling he has had to do to get back to Sydney for the tie. He explained that a rub down during the forced break got the blood circulating in his legs again.

"I came out a lot fresher than I had been in the doubles," said Arthurs, who says he can't pat himself on the back just yet for his recent results because he has to cross the Pacific again and head to California where he will have to playing qualifying for Indian Wells.

Woodbridge said that Wally Masur, the Australian coach, had got into his ear. A winner of a record 83 career doubles titles, Woodbridge was frustrated with the court and not being able to get any extra zip with his serve on the portable surface. He was not able to slide his serve and on occasions had to hit clay court and kick serves.

"The ball was just propping up and getting creamed," said Woodbridge. "When I went for the serve they were right on it every single time. It was a hard day for me to play on a grass court but to be serving like I was on clay. It was a huge amount of pressure.

"I was doubting myself the first couple of set and didn't play positive. Wally told me to try and play the way when I play my best and that was to be creative. I came back out and used my feet better and I played some nice lob volleys and was more aggressive. I had the attitude that if I was going to lose it, to lose it swinging. The rain was crucial for me."

The Austrian captain Thomas Muster was philosophical about the outcome. He said it was a match that could have gone either way.

"It was an enjoyable doubles match, one of the best I've seen in the last few years," said Muster. "I'm very pleased with the way the boys played. There is no criticism. We could have expected one point out of the singles, maybe with Jurgen but Wayne played really good tennis and in his form on this surface, it would have been tough for anyone."

thelma
03-05-2005, 03:07 PM
Congrats, Australia! :worship: :D :bowdown: :hatoff:

(my avatar is working at the moment ;) :angel: )

http://www.gotennis.com/news/headline.aspx?headlineID=6002
Australia take unbeatable 3-0 lead over Austria
2005-03-05 08:10:23 GMT (Reuters)

By Paul Tait

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-05T085839Z_01_SYD56D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg

SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - Australia clinched their Davis Cup World Group first round tie when Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs beat Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle 4-6 6-3 2-6 6-4 7-5 in the doubles on Saturday for an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

The Australians fought back to score a gritty win in a rain-interrupted match after Melzer and Knowle had looked likely to keep the tie alive going into Sunday's reverse singles.

Hosts Australia, 28 times Davis Cup champions, dominated the opening singles on Friday but the Austrians put up a sterner fight in the doubles and took a well-earned two-sets-to-one lead against the hugely experienced pairing of Woodbridge and Arthurs.

Austrian captain Thomas Muster gambled before the match by replacing Alexander Peya with Melzer even though Melzer and Knowle had lost their four previous Davis Cup doubles matches together.

The tactic appeared likely to pay off as Austrian number one Melzer and doubles specialist Knowle attacked Woodbridge's weaker service game to great advantage, breaking Woodbridge four times in the first three sets.

The Austrians looked on course for an upset when Arthurs lost his serve for the first time in the match in the second game of the third set.

The match was interrupted by rain for about 90 minutes when the Austrians led 4-1 in the third. After play resumed, Woodbridge then double-faulted in the eighth game to lose serve again and hand Melzer and Knowle a two-sets-to-one lead.

But the Australians grimly held on to force the match into a decider and it was the Austrians who faltered.

TENSE SET

Both sides had chances to wrap up the match in a tense fifth set before the Australians finally gained the ascendancy in the 11th game of the decider on Melzer's serve.

Oozing confidence after winning his first singles title in Arizona last weekend, Arthurs played a brilliant game with three stinging returns and then a deft volley at the net to give Australia a chance to break.

Melzer then lamely served a double fault on Australia's first match point in a disappointing end for the Austrians.

Australia's greatest doublds player Woodbridgd then shook off his earlier service worries and safely served out the match to set up a quarter-final for Australia against either Argentina or the Czech Republic.

The win helped Australia make up for a disappointing showing last year, when they were beaten by Sweden in the first round despite winning the title in 2003.

In Sunday's dead singles, world number two Lleyton Hewitt is due to take on Melzer while Arthurs is scheduled to play Peya.

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-05T085520Z_01_SYD60D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2005-03-05T085425Z_01_SYD60D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg

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http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/11059173.htm

Posted on Sat, Mar. 05, 2005

Davis Cup: Australia wins 3-0 over Austria

Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia - Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge beat Austria's Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in doubles Saturday to give Australia a winning 3-0 lead in its Davis Cup World Group first-round playoff.

The win came after a 90-minute break for rain and followed singles victories Friday by Arthurs and Lleyton Hewitt.

Australia will meet either Argentina or the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals in July.

On Friday, Hewitt, playing for the first time since losing the Australian Open final to Marat Safin on Jan. 30, beat Austria's Alexander Peya 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Arthurs, who won his first career singles title at Scottsdale, Ariz., last weekend, beat Melzer 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-4 on a grass court at the 2000 Olympic site, the Sydney International Tennis Center.

Yasmine
03-05-2005, 04:31 PM
Australia will play Argentina next since Nalbandian and Canas in doubles have taken Argentina 3-0. ;)

Angele
03-05-2005, 04:46 PM
Australia will play Argentina next since Nalbandian and Canas in doubles have taken Argentina 3-0. ;)
Do you know if the tie is going to be in Argentina or Australia?

Yasmine
03-05-2005, 05:27 PM
No I don't. I actually tried to find out, but since the tis is not officially finished they haven't given the details of the next round ;)

lleyhewitt
03-05-2005, 05:49 PM
Australia
because last time Aussie met Argentina in their country and lost in clay court (2002 1st round)
this time we host and own the right to decide the court.
i guess it's going to be grass again! (not clay anyway :P)
Go Aussie!

Yasmine
03-05-2005, 05:52 PM
thanks for the analysis lleyhewitt ;)

Angele
03-05-2005, 06:48 PM
Australia
because last time Aussie met Argentina in their country and lost in clay court (2002 1st round)
this time we host and own the right to decide the court.
i guess it's going to be grass again! (not clay anyway :P)
Go Aussie!
That's great news :D Thanks :kiss:

And thank you too Yasmine for trying to find the answer for me :hug:

Yasmine
03-05-2005, 08:33 PM
anytime Angele :hug: ;)

thelma
03-05-2005, 09:24 PM
Australia
because last time Aussie met Argentina in their country and lost in clay court (2002 1st round)
this time we host and own the right to decide the court.
i guess it's going to be grass again! (not clay anyway :P)
Go Aussie!
:wavey:
Thanks!

Good chance! ;) :bounce:

Socket
03-05-2005, 11:11 PM
Anybody getting coverage of the DC match? The website just went down. Is Lleyton playing his singles? I'm thinking he might have already left for Indian Wells.

ally_014
03-05-2005, 11:38 PM
Was just about to ask the same thing! We don't get coverage till tonight cos of the bloody Formula One! :fiery: I don't want to watch them sitting waiting to practice :rolleyes:

And on a better note, the quarter final (yay!) will almost definitely be played in Sydney so they don't have to transport the grass court so far again. Hopefully it will be a bit better prepared and faster next time :)

Nad good luck to Gooch if he gets a go today :D

ally_014
03-05-2005, 11:53 PM
Sites back up...Todd against Mirnegg. I guess Wayne's busy week has caught up with him, he was getting pretty tired-looking during the doubles. The smart thing for Lleyton woud be to leave for America a bit earlier but I don't suppose he will...it's Davis Cup after all :p

Socket
03-05-2005, 11:59 PM
Thanks for the help! :kiss: I figured that Lleyton wouldn't play a dead rubber -- I can't remember the last time he did. Looks like Chris Guccione will get his first DC match today.

I'm surprised to see that the Bryans are in a bit of trouble . . .

Murkofan
03-06-2005, 02:11 AM
Australia :bounce: A special :bounce: for Wayno :woohoo:

Croatia up 2-1 :D :rolls: :woohoo:

lleyhewitt
03-06-2005, 03:00 AM
Australia 5 - 0 Austria
R1 - L.HEWITT (AUS) def. A.PEYA (AUT)6-2 6-3 6-4
R2 - W.ARTHURS (AUS) def. J.MELZER (AUT)7-6(5) 6-2 6-4
R3 - W.ARTHURS / T.WOODBRIDGE (AUS) def. J.KNOWLE / J.MELZER (AUT)4-6 6-3 2-6 6-4 7-5
R4 - T.WOODBRIDGE (AUS) def. M.MIRNEGG (AUT)6-3 4-6 7-5
R5 - C.GUCCIONE (AUS) def. A.PEYA (AUT)6-3 6-4

Congrats to Gucci winnig for the first time Davis Cup match!

dagmar7
03-06-2005, 12:41 PM
Very nice win all around.

Good to see some youngsters getting involved. That's a nice win for Guccione actually. Apparently, he played really well. :)

Mirnegg and Woodbridge looks like it was the most competitive.

Yasmine
03-06-2005, 12:44 PM
:wavey: Dagmar! How are you today! I'm getting nervous as it's looking like France are gonna go to a 5th match decisive...

dagmar7
03-06-2005, 12:59 PM
:wavey: Yasmine. Sunday is my day to phone my relations so I might be sort of on and off but...:D :D So much tennis...

Grosjean :o

Clay isn't his best surface, but it certainly isn't the swedes either.

It might be all down to PHM...again.:eek:

star
03-06-2005, 02:27 PM
:wavey:

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

Go Swedes. :)

Yasmine
03-06-2005, 03:15 PM
no I'll say go France!!! looking good so far! :p

Lisbeth
03-06-2005, 09:45 PM
:yippee: for the Aussies :) Good win for Guccione :) - of course a dead rubber isn't the same pressure as a live one but at that age all experience is good experience.

Lisbeth
03-06-2005, 09:50 PM
... and they wonder why youngsters think tennis is fuddy duddy :rolleyes: Do they think people couldn't figure out which country Ll's from? ;)

http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,12464575%255E12428,00.html

Officials green over Hewitt shirt

07mar05
LLEYTON Hewitt, Australia's most ardent Davis Cup loyalist, could be fined for breaching competition dress rules.

Hewitt has been reported by officials after wearing a lime green sleeveless shirt during his singles win over Austrian Alexander Peya on Friday. The world No. 2 did not have Australia branded on the back of his top, nor did it contain gold colouring.

Competition rules, introduced on January 1, state players from all 16 World Group nations must either wear national colours or have the name of their country on their uniform.

The International Tennis Federation's Davis Cup committee will consider Hewitt's report, with the potential for embarrassing conflict.

Hewitt yesterday sat out the reverse rubbers against Austria to allow Todd Woodbridge and Chris Guccione to play singles. Woodbridge duly posted his 30th Cup win with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 success over substitute Marco Mirnegg while Guccione, 19, beat Alexander Peya 6-3, 6-4. Hewitt leaves for the U.S. this week to contest the Indian Wells Masters Series where Hewitt could cross paths with former fiancee Kim Clijsters for the first time since the pair ended their engagement in November.

Socket
03-06-2005, 10:39 PM
As a protest, I think Lleyton should play the next tie shirtless, with AUSTRALIA written in green and gold magic marker on his back. ;) ;)

Angele
03-06-2005, 11:52 PM
I think the rule was introduced to make sure we didn't have matches with players wearing the exact same outfits. Watching a doubles match with four players all wearing white could be a little confusing. I agree it's a little bit silly to fine Lleyton because he was wearing one of the country colors but I still think the rule is a good one. Besides, the Captain/Coaches had to be aware of the rule, they should of taken care of it and had Australia written on the back of the shirt. I hope whoever has to pay the fine ( Lleyton, Tennis Australia :shrug: ) pays it without making any kind of fuss!

Edit: Although if Lleyton feels he must fight this, I like Marlene's idea :D

Socket
03-07-2005, 12:19 AM
Tennis Australia has been threatened with fines before, when Lleyton got permission from Fitzie to skip press conferences. I think they just consider it the cost of doing business.

star
03-07-2005, 12:51 AM
:wavey:

I'm watching Andy losing to Ivan. Crazy.

And go see my blog please for all my woes with the computer.

Socket
03-07-2005, 12:58 AM
I'm having mixed feelings about Lleyton playing DC this year, while Federer and Roddick (presumably, considering he's down two breaks in the fifth set) do not. . .

star
03-07-2005, 01:08 AM
I know what you mean.

But really, If Andy stinks up the rest of the year like he has the beginning of the year, he's not going to be a problem for Lleyton.

Ivan deserves ALL the respect!

Socket
03-07-2005, 01:17 AM
I hope that this first-round loss will *finally* make the USTA see the light about P-Mac's abilities. He got Agassi, and we still lost. Time to give Jim Courier a shot at being captain.

Murkofan
03-07-2005, 01:41 AM
Mad props to Ivan :worship:

What's wrong with Patty Mac's captaining abilities?

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 01:48 AM
How many years in a row is this that either the winner or finalist or both from the previous year has lost 1st round? I think there's an argument for first round byes, though of course it also adds to the fun to have different teams shining every year.

Still, props to Ljubicic, about time he won one of those close matches ;)

Socket
03-07-2005, 02:37 AM
Mad props to Ivan :worship:

What's wrong with Patty Mac's captaining abilities?
He values friendships over results and waited too long to play the Bryans. Unlike P-Mac, Courier has slam trophies, crucial big match experience, and is better technically. He should be on the court with the players during the matches, not P-Mac.

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 02:59 AM
I don't too much about P. Mac but his predictions generally show a total lack of understanding of tennis styles and tactics. Still, he seems to take the job seriously. Does Courier actually want the job or is Pat the only one who'll do it?

Murkofan
03-07-2005, 03:12 AM
I know Patty Mac is up Roddick's ass, but I don't really know that he values friendships over winning. Except maybe playing Fish over Spadea in the '04 final (though I sincerely doubt the outcome would have been changed).

Socket
03-07-2005, 03:16 AM
I agree that P-Mac takes his job seriously. He kissed enough backsides to get it, so he should. And you're right that he's not exactly his brother when it comes to understanding tennis styles and tactics. He never was a grand slam caliber player, and I strongly believe that that makes a big difference to success as a DC captain.

I can't say that I ever heard Courier say that he wants to be DC captain, but I have to guess that he agreed to be coach as a stepping stone to being captain.

I suspect that Agassi will lobby to be DC captain in a few years, and that he has a good chance at getting it. So, I'd like to see Courier be given a shot before that.

Socket
03-07-2005, 03:19 AM
I Patty Mac is up Roddick's ass, but I don't really know that he values friendships over winning. Except maybe playing Fish over Spadea in the '04 final (though I sincerely doubt the outcome would have been changed).
I meant results in the sense of W/L records and rankings.

Murkofan
03-07-2005, 03:24 AM
But hasn't he generally played the highest ranked players? I don't pay much attention to US tennis (unless I can see them crash and burn :devil: ) so I could be missing something.

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 04:22 AM
I'm fairly sure Spadea was ranked higher than Fish last year ;)

Agassi might be all right - he's smart. I think Lleyton will want to be DC captain one day - he'll probably be so intense that he'll terrify the poor darlings out of even wanting to play :lol:

Jackie
03-07-2005, 09:51 AM
I'm fairly sure Spadea was ranked higher than Fish last year ;)

Agassi might be all right - he's smart. I think Lleyton will want to be DC captain one day - he'll probably be so intense that he'll terrify the poor darlings out of even wanting to play :lol:

:lol:, but I actually think he would be a great captain. Lots of experience in tough matches, lots of experience as a winner and he has made it pretty obvious that Davis Cup is really important to him

star
03-07-2005, 12:49 PM
Yeah. I think in about 20 years Lleyton will have mellowed a bit and will be a great captain. By that time he should have about 3 or 4 children and that will mellow him out even more. :)

Socket
03-07-2005, 01:06 PM
But hasn't he generally played the highest ranked players? I don't pay much attention to US tennis (unless I can see them crash and burn :devil: ) so I could be missing something.
He hasn't always picked the highest-ranked players, either for singles or doubles, and the "friendship/chemistry" rationale has been used to reject players who should have been picked as reserves and/or practice partners.

Socket
03-07-2005, 01:09 PM
Yeah. I think in about 20 years Lleyton will have mellowed a bit and will be a great captain. By that time he should have about 3 or 4 children and that will mellow him out even more. :)
Yes on all counts! When I hear him talking about players and strategy in interviews, I'm always very impressed at the depth of his understanding of the game. I think he's a shoo-in for captain, especially given his status as Australia's most successful DC singles player.

Murkofan
03-07-2005, 02:08 PM
He hasn't always picked the highest-ranked players, either for singles or doubles, and the "friendship/chemistry" rationale has been used to reject players who should have been picked as reserves and/or practice partners.

I forgot Spadea was the 3rd highest ranked US player :o :p (Thanks for making me look bad, Jane :p)

Anyway, I don't think Patty Mac is all that bad. Maybe not the BEST, but not bad. And under him, the US team keeps coming up short, so I hope he stays around for a good long while :devil: :p

Socket
03-07-2005, 05:27 PM
I forgot Spadea was the 3rd highest ranked US player :o :p (Thanks for making me look bad, Jane :p)

Anyway, I don't think Patty Mac is all that bad. Maybe not the BEST, but not bad. And under him, the US team keeps coming up short, so I hope he stays around for a good long while :devil: :p
Yes, thanks, Jane. :devil: :devil:

I'm not a fan of either Roddick or Agassi, although I love watching the Bryans boys play, but, unless the US is playing Australia, I'll root for them in Davis Cup. I think having a good DC team helps bring new fans to the game in the US, and that's important for the sport here.

Murkofan
03-07-2005, 05:35 PM
You're being a hater again, Marlene :p And I'm the only dictatah hatah around here, so...find your own schtick :p

I would cheer for the US DC team if it consisted of Taylor :hearts: and any combination of Jeff Morrison/Graydon Oliver/[insert random low-ranked player here], but alas, that's not likely to happen :p

I'm all for growing the game :woohoo: but my first priority in that regard is to get the TV rights for the Slams back in the hands of networks who care, i.e. anybody but ESPN :p

Plus the Netheads annoy me :p

Yasmine
03-07-2005, 08:31 PM
I'm not a fan of either Roddick or Agassi, although I love watching the Bryans boys play, but, unless the US is playing Australia, I'll root for them in Davis Cup. I think having a good DC team helps bring new fans to the game in the US, and that's important for the sport here.
You have a good point here, I think Davis cup is important to promote tennis in any country and particularly the US where other sports like baseball or football (well in opposition to soccer:p )or basketball...

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 09:34 PM
You're all welcome :angel:

Jess
03-07-2005, 09:40 PM
:bounce: Well done Australia!

Also big :bounce: :bounce: to New Zealand - who managed to beat the tennis might of Kazahakstan 4-1 :D to ensure a place in the group 1/2 play off. :)

ally_014
03-07-2005, 09:53 PM
Well done New Zealand! :bounce: At least you got some respite from Ricky Ponting and the boys :devil: :p

And I reckon Lleyton will make an excellent Davis Cup captain...he'd probably half-kill the team in training them so hard but how would it be to be a young player and you've got Lleyton Hewitt sitting next to you? Plus, he's so knowledgable about the game, when he does speak at length in interviews and stuff he always seems to be right on the money and makes very astute observations. (he'd also be a great commentator in the future probably)

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 11:51 PM
I don't suppose Jess would like to help me declare this a Ponting free zone? [looks hopeful ;) ] But well done Kiwis :bounce:

Lisbeth
03-07-2005, 11:52 PM
BTW I actually think Lleyton would be a great DC captain ;)

thelma
03-07-2005, 11:54 PM
BTW I actually think Lleyton would be a great DC captain ;)

Sure :yeah: ;) :cool:

Well done, New Zealand! :worship: :clap2:

ally_014
03-08-2005, 12:06 AM
I don't suppose Jess would like to help me declare this a Ponting free zone? [looks hopeful ;) ] But well done Kiwis :bounce:

Ok...Brett Lee and the boys then :p He's from NSW, is he allright?? :p

Lisbeth
03-08-2005, 12:24 AM
Oh it's not the NSW issue - it's the smug git who beats up women issue :o ;)

Actually I'm not that impressed with the current Aussie cricket team and Brett Lee's kind of up himself, but how about "Adam Gilchrist and the boys"? ;)

thelma
03-08-2005, 12:43 AM
...

from tennis-x.com

Lleyton Hewitt may be fined by the ITF for wearing a lime-green sleeveless shirt during his Davis Cup singles win on Friday. The 2005 Davis Cup rules state that players from all 16 World Group nations must either wear national colors or have the name of their country on their uniform :eek:

I love this lime-green sleeveless shirt (btw) :drool: ;)

athina7
03-08-2005, 03:23 AM
Yeah, me too! I love all his sleeveless t-shirts actually! He looks soooooooo
good!

ally_014
03-08-2005, 04:35 AM
Oh it's not the NSW issue - it's the smug git who beats up women issue :o ;)

Actually I'm not that impressed with the current Aussie cricket team and Brett Lee's kind of up himself, but how about "Adam Gilchrist and the boys"? ;)

Ok its a deal - Gilly and the boys :) Ricky's not exactly flavour of the month down here atm anyway :o

Lisbeth
03-08-2005, 05:45 AM
:lol: yeah, RP's certainly a great player but he has his moments ;)

Gilly :yeah:

Jackie
03-08-2005, 11:38 AM
...

from tennis-x.com

:eek:

I love this lime-green sleeveless shirt (btw) :drool: ;)

Green is Australian colours. Who gives a fuck if it's lime? :p...and have the ITF considered the number of ties where Lleyton wore team colours before it was compulsory?

roberta
03-08-2005, 08:36 PM
:eek: I LOVE THE SLEEVELESS T-SHIRT!!!!HE´S SOOOOOOOOO HOT!!! :drool: :drool: :hearts: :hearts: :inlove: :inlove: BEC PLEASE ...LOVED LLEYTON ALWAYS!!!!!! ´CAUSE IF YOU DON´T.... :smash: :shout: :ras: :boxing: :toothy: :armed: :timebomb: :fiery: :fiery: :(

NOMAD
06-15-2005, 04:48 AM
2005 Quarterfinals
Fitzy rates Australia's chances against Argentina
June 15, 2005


John Fitzgerald, captain of the Optus Australian Davis Cup team, is in London to watch the Australian players through Wimbledon. He sat down with Craig Gabriel to preview Australia's Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Argentina on grass at the Sydney International Tennis Centre, 15 to 17 July.

Q. John what are your early thoughts on this Davis Cup quarterfinal tie between Australia and Argentina in July?

JOHN FITZGERALD: Well, I think I'm very aware of who the opposition is more than anything, and we just need to get all of our players to the line and fit and healthy. It's been a funny year so far for the Aussie boys, particularly Lleyton and Mark; they haven't played a ton of tennis in recent months.


So we're just hoping we can get through this UK summer and get some matches under the belt and then get to the line healthy. I'm very concerned and understand the strength of the opposition, and that's a fact. They're gonna be tough to beat.


Q. The Argentine media are telling me that the Argentines have got no hope to beat Australia on grass in Sydney.

JOHN FITZGERALD: Is that right?


Q. I think you're a little bit more of a wily, old fox to look at it that way.

JOHN FITZGERALD: (Laughing). I think it would be very silly to underestimate Argentina. They've got five guys in the Top 20. They've got two more guys just outside of the Top 20. They're awfully good- awfully good. And they're strong and fit and physical. They can transfer a clay court game on to grass fairly comfortably these days. I mean, you look at Nalbandian; he's been in the final of Wimbledon. You don't get there without being able to play on grass. And Canas has been in the Round of 16 there. He's accomplished on any surface and he's ranked about eight in the world now. So they're awfully strong.



Q. Fitzy, you just touched on the fact that Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis haven't played that much tennis this year. How much of a matter of concern is that for you?

JOHN FITZGERALD: Look, I think in an ideal world you want-- you would prefer-- first of all, you've got to get to the line healthy. But if you know you're gonna get there healthy, then ideally what you'd want is a considerable amount of matches in the months preceding a tie with the appropriate rest time just, just prior.

It's a bit like race horses. You try to get some form under the belt, get some match practice, which is invaluable, and then just taper off and be fresh for the tie. So that's what you'd want, but it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes you've got to grab matches when you can.




Q. Chris Guccione was saying that the opportunity he was given in Sydney, playing the dead rubber against Austria in the first round, was a major boost for him and something that he really enjoyed. So what about the likes of Guccione, Wayne Arthurs, Mark Philippoussis? Tough call for the second singles spot?

JOHN FITZGERALD: Well, I think it is. A lot depends on form here and at Wimbledon. And, you know, it's great to hear that from Chris because I think Davis Cup is going to be dear to his heart. I think he's going to carry on a good tradition. I've got a nice feeling about Chris that he might play his best tennis in that type of environment. He showed signs of that in Sydney even though it was a dead rubber.

I've got good hopes for Chris. I think at Davis Cup level he's going to perform well under that sort of pressure. He likes the team camaraderie and atmosphere.



Q. Finally, you've been captain now for the Australian team for a few years now, and you've played Davis Cup for a number of years. What is more nerve-wracking? What has given you the biggest thrill? Because you've won the Cup in both situations.

JOHN FITZGERALD: Yeah, look, it's very different. It's like comparing apples to oranges. When I was a kid, I just wanted to play for my country, and that was an amazing experience. But captaining is a very different thing. You take on more of a fatherly role. You feel more responsible for everybody. When you're a player, you're just trying to play the best you can, get chosen to play, and then leave everything on the court.

Here, you don't have to do that, but you have to be concerned about the well-being and the preparation of all of your players. And it's a bit more demanding in a lot of ways. But it was still a great thrill two years ago. It was different to playing in a final, but equally as rewarding.

scythe19pro
06-27-2005, 08:50 PM
Scud likely for cup squad
Chip Le Grand
June 28, 2005



DAVIS CUP captain John Fitzgerald is treating no news as good news over the fitness or otherwise of Mark Philippoussis for duties as he prepares to select a four-man team to take on a Wimbledon-hardened Argentina on grass in Sydney next month.

Fitzgerald declined to give much away about the final make-up of the team, which is due to be named today.

But he admitted he does not have a glut of riches from which to choose as Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs recover from their Wimbledon campaigns.

Philippoussis complained of ankle soreness after his second-round loss to Russian Marat Safin, while Arthurs, apart from general exhaustion, felt a sharp pain in his achilles tendon in the final set of his four-hour, third-round marathon against German Alexander Popp.

Both have indicated their availability for the quarter-final tie and ideally, Fitzgerald would like both in the team, along with Australia's No.1 singles players Lleyton Hewitt and No.1 doubles player Todd Woodbridge, to give himself greater flexibility in deciding the eventual singles duties.

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Philippoussis and Arthurs showed encouraging form in their brief stays at the All England Club and remain big-serving players who should perform best on the portable grass court being prepared at Sydney's Olympic Park.

"With Wayne, I haven't spoken to him today but he finished a match he played 14-12 in the fifth, so he will have some sore patches," Fitzgerald said after working with Hewitt in preparation for last night's match against American Taylor Dent.

"With Mark, we are just going to wait until the end of this week and see how he comes up.

"I guess we don't have bucket-loads of players to choose from. I know in my own mind what should happen, but I don't want to name it until Tuesday and I want to make sure everyone is feeling fit and healthy, and let them recover after a campaign here on the grass."

Initial scans cleared Arthurs of an acute injury and Philippoussis, a key figure in two winning Davis Cup campaigns, had given no indication that he would not be available.

Whatever the final make-up of the Australian team, it appears certain to face a highly competitive Argentina despite the absence of its No.1 player Guillermo Canas.

Canas last week stepped down from national duties pending the results of an ATP hearing into a positive drugs test he returned in February.

The more pressing concern for Fitzgerald is the ominous form of the two Argentineans likely to play singles in Canas' absence. David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria played in fourth round matches overnight; Nalbandian against France's Richard Gasquet and Coria against American Andy Roddick.

scythe19pro
06-30-2005, 07:53 PM
Game, set and match for Woody
Chip Le Grand at Wimbledon
July 01, 2005

FANS were yesterday reeling from the news that Todd Woodbridge, Australia's top doubles player and a regular member of the Davis Cup team for 15 years, will retire at the end of the Wimbledon championships and take no part in this month's home tie against Argentina.

...............



It leaves in disarray preparations for the Davis Cup tie with Argentina, who has been buoyed by the performances of likely singles players David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria over the grass-court season.

Nalbandian lost his quarter-final to Swede Thomas Johansson on Wednesday, while Coria won through to the fourth round. The only black spot in Argentina's build-up has been Guillermo Canas's revelation that he returned a positive test to a banned substance in February. Canas is facing an ATP disciplinary hearing and has excused himself from national duties.

Woodbridge has been Australia's longest-serving Davis Cup team member, having played in 32 ties since his debut in 1991. He said the hardest part of his decision was leaving team-mate Wayne Arthurs without a doubles partner on the eve of a cup tie, but added that he could not play without being committed to the rest of the tennis year.

"I know myself really well," Woodbridge said. "I know my mental state of mind. To go down there and have that in my head and perhaps not get the result that I desired or the team desired out of my match and maybe even the tie is not how I would have wanted to end my Davis Cup career.

"I honestly feel like I am not letting anybody down because I have turned up more than anybody. I have given my all in Davis Cup, done as much as I can.

"The time for me is right. I haven't played enough tennis to go into a Davis Cup tie and be fully confident." World No.2 Lleyton Hewitt, tonight's semi-finalist against Roger Federer, is expected to partner Arthurs and fill the doubles breach. The teams will be announced on Tuesday.

...........



so, lleyton and wayno in both singles and doubles

NOMAD
07-01-2005, 03:19 AM
Hewitt faces Cup marathon
By Chris Lines in London
July 1, 2005

LLEYTON Hewitt faces playing all three days of next month's Davis Cup quarter-final with Argentina, partnering Wayne Arthurs in an experimental doubles pairing.

Cup captain John Fitzgerald said the most likely pairing is Arthurs and Hewitt, given this week's sudden retirement of Todd Woodbridge.

Hewitt has not played doubles for Australia since the tie with Great Britain in 2003, and memories linger of the 2001 final loss to France, when the gamble on pairing Hewitt and Pat Rafter did not pay off.

That doubles defeat was the last time Hewitt lost in Davis Cup.

Fitzgerald is hoping Mark Philippoussis will recover from an ankle injury in time for the tie, allowing him to play at least one of the singles, thereby taking pressure off the 34-year-old Arthurs.

Chris Guccione is also expected to be selected for the grasscourt tie in Sydney, and could play that singles role should Philippoussis not be ready, in which case Peter Luczak would be the likely fourth squad member.

If Philippoussis is ruled out, Fitzgerald faces the choice of either playing Hewitt and Arthurs in both singles and doubles, or throwing the inexperienced Guccione into the fray.

"They're our two best, most established, experienced players in that squad," said Fitzgerald.

"But it's not necessarily the case they play all five.


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"Without Todd there, there are probably a few less options in the doubles scenario, but not necessarily in singles, depending on Mark.
"He brings a fair bit to the team if he is fit."

Fitzgerald tried to talk Woodbridge around from an immediate retirement here at Wimbledon and urged him to make himself available to play Argentina.

"I thought in the last few months he was going to play Sydney," said Fitzgerald.

"This is the right decision for him.

"We will miss him but when a player gets to a stage where he knows he's got no gas in the tank then it's time to move on. If you get to Sydney and we pump him up, he can still play well, we know.

"But if he doesn't have the mental capacity any more than it would be silly to play him. You've got to be ready for those matches and he's said he's let down a little bit and it was just time."

Fitzgerald dismisses the idea of playing Arthurs' regular and successful doubles partner Paul Hanley as a specialist team in the doubles to ease the load on Hewitt.

Instead he feels it was time to put more effort into grooming the likes of Guccione, Luczak and others as Woodbridge retires, Arthurs moves toward retirement and with doubts over the longevity of Philippoussis.

"Peter Luczak is the next in the rankings," said Fitzgerald.

"He's our third ranked singles player so he deserves to go, he deserves to be there if Mark's not there.

"We have to work hard with this next crop now.

"We've been a bit slow on the uptake there, but in the last year we've started to make some good progress."

bad gambler
07-02-2005, 04:11 AM
I wish Hanley/Arthurs were playing the doubles :sad:

Socket
07-02-2005, 04:14 AM
I wish Hanley/Arthurs were playing the doubles :sad:
I get nervous when these "pick up" doubles teams play in DC. An established team always has so much more rhythm.

bg, are you going to go to the tie?

star
07-02-2005, 04:29 AM
Still..... Argentina on grass.... I don't see anyone who can trouble Lleyton on grass. And then they only have to pick up one more rubber. (although that sounds so nasty and unhygenic)

Socket
07-02-2005, 11:28 AM
Still..... Argentina on grass.... I don't see anyone who can trouble Lleyton on grass. And then they only have to pick up one more rubber. (although that sounds so nasty and unhygenic)
Nalbandian could give Lleyton a fight on grass, if he were in shape, but he's not right now.

star
07-02-2005, 04:16 PM
I'd be shocked if Nalbandian beat Lleyton on grass in Oz

scythe19pro
07-02-2005, 05:04 PM
I'd be shocked if Nalbandian beat Lleyton on grass in Oz

nah, it won't happen. Nalby struggled so much against ToJo, and Lleyton is a better player than ToJo. ARG won't stand a chance against AUS

FanOfHewitt
07-04-2005, 03:18 PM
Put in the established team of Lleyton Hewitt & Roger Rasheed for the doubles.

Socket
07-04-2005, 03:27 PM
Put in the established team of Lleyton Hewitt & Roger Rasheed for the doubles.
:rolls: :rolls: I remember Rasheed joking about this when he and Lleyton played -- and won! -- a doubles match earlier this year or last.

But we probably shouldn't laugh too much, because if there are any more injuries to the players, this might happen! :eek:

Lisbeth
07-05-2005, 12:26 AM
I think they should call up that guy who won the Wimbledon dubs ( :lol: I can't even remember his name!) to give Reid and Guccione message. Even Samantha Stosur is looking good at this stage.

Which weekend is this tie again?

NOMAD
07-05-2005, 03:42 AM
Guccione and Luczak get the Davis Cup call up
July 5, 2005

Optus Australian Davis Cup Team captain John Fitzgerald today confirmed that Australia’s No.3 ranked player Peter Luczak, and No.4 Chris Guccione, will join Wayne Arthurs and Lleyton Hewitt for the forthcoming Davis Cup quarter final tie against Argentina. The Tie will be played on grass at the Sydney International Tennis Centre, Sydney Olympic Park from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 July.

Today’s selection decision confirms that a tendon injury to Mark Philippoussis sustained at Wimbledon has ruled him out of selection for this Tie.

Victorian Chris Guccione (ranked 183 in the world) made his Davis Cup debut in March this year when he defeated Austrian Alexander Peya on grass in Sydney 6-3 6-4. The venue is also where he enjoyed his best ATP Tour result to date when he defeated former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain on Rebound Ace at the Sydney International in January 2004.


Guccione made his Davis Cup debut against Austria earlier this year.

With his massive serve, Guccione is well suited to grass, however he also recorded impressive results at the French Open in May, successfully negotiating qualifying and advancing to the second round by defeating SantiagoVentura of Spain (ranked 69).

He then switched to grass and contested Queen’s Club, making it through to the round of 16 and eventually going down to current world No.11 Tim Henman. Guccione turns 20 this month and was a finalist in both junior singles and doubles at Wimbledon in 2003.

For Peter Luczak (147) this call up will be a chance for revenge having been with the Australian Team as a hitting partner when the two countries last met in the first round in Buenos Aires in 2002. Australia entered the tie as recent Davis Cup finalists, however the team of Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge, Scott Draper and Andrew Ilie went down 5-0 on clay.


Luczak is on the verge of breaking into the top 100.

Twenty-four-year-old Luczak is enjoying some of the best form of his career in 2005. The right-handed Victorian reached a career-high ranking of No.110 in early March, shortly after his semi final appearance at an ATP tournament in Brazil. In 2003, he reached the third round of the Australian Open in what remains his best Grand Slam result to date.

Lleyton Hewitt (2) comes into the Tie having achieved a semi final showing at Wimbledon and will be looking to add to his already impressive record as Australia’s most successful Davis Cup singles player with a win-loss record of 26-5 (which includes a 3-1 record in doubles). Having missed the last Tie against Argentina with chicken pox, he will be looking to add to his impressive Davis Cup record in Australia’s centenary year in the competition.


Hewitt will spearhead the Australian campaign against Austria.

Wayne Arthurs (77) will be the only member of the current team to have played in the 2002 Tie between the two nations when, on a heavy, rain soaked clay court, he partnered Todd Woodbridge in an agonising five set marathon which the Argentine duo of Guillermo Canas and Lucas Arnold clinched 10-8 in the decider. Arthurs holds a 15-17 win-loss record in Davis Cup, with a 6-4 tally in doubles.

Speaking on the Team selection, Fitzgerald said, "With Todd Woodbridge’s recent retirement from tennis and Mark Philippoussis not fit, the door has opened for Peter Luczak and Chris Guccione to step up into the Australian side."

"We’ll have a combination of the Davis Cup experience of Lleyton and Wayne combined with the improving form of Guccione and Luczak on which to draw in either singles or doubles.

"Peter is our third ranked player and has been steadily improving, while Chris showed in March that he can handle the pressure of Davis Cup and produce the goods if called upon.

"There is no doubt this is going to be a tough tie with quality players such as Nalbandian and Coria – who reached the quarterfinals and round of 16 at this year’s Wimbledon respectively – named in the Argentine Team. We’ll be looking for our players to be on top of their game, and a lot of vocal support from the Australian crowd, to help get us across the line."


Arthurs is likely to play in both singles and doubles.

Argentina has announced a squad of David Nalbandian (world ranking 10), Mariano Puerta (12), Guillermo Coria (15), Martin Rodriguez (30 in doubles) and Gaston Etlis (35 in doubles) for the Tie.

The Tie will be played on the same Tennis Australia – StrathAyr portable grass court used in the successful first round tie against Austria this year and for the 2003 Davis Cup final at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

In addition to using the Sydney International Tennis Centre against Austria, the venue has also been used against Great Britain in 2003 when a temporary clay court was laid over Centre Court. The existing Rebound Ace surface was used in the semi final victory over Sweden in 2001, making the venue the first in the world to host Davis Cup ties on three different Grand Slam surfaces.

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NOMAD
07-05-2005, 03:43 AM
Hewitt, Arthurs work overtime
By John Coomber
05jul05
LLEYTON Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs are likely to shoulder the full workload for Australia in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Argentina in Sydney next week.

An ankle injury to Mark Philippoussis and the retirement of doubles specialist Todd Woodbridge leave the selectors little room to manoeuvre when they name the team today.

Although the door has been left slightly ajar for Philippoussis, he remains in Florida having treatment on the injury aggravated in his second-round loss to Marat Safin at Wimbledon and must be considered an unlikely starter.

Hewitt, the world No.2, will have no difficulty with three matches in three days, but playing both singles and doubles is a big ask of 34-year-old Arthurs, who also has an ankle niggle.

Arthurs and Woodbridge clinched the first-round victory over Austria on the grass in Sydney in March, but only after a five-set doubles struggle against Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer.

Australia will have big-serving Chris Guccione on standby for a reverse singles berth. Yesterday coach Wally Masur called in dual US Open winner Pat Rafter to offer some tips to Guccione, as he trained at White City.

"It is pretty lucky for Chris Guccione that he gets to spend a couple of days with Pat Rafter practising on the grass, for Chris to gain the benefit of his wisdom, such a great grass courter," Masur said.

"Pat has been hitting with all the local juniors and he is getting ready to play team tennis in the US, it is a bit of fun."

There is next to no chance of a Boy's Own call-up for doubles journeyman Stephen Huss, who teamed with South African Wesley Moodie to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title from the qualifiers' field.

Fitzgerald made that clear when he described the two forms of the game as "light years" apart.

Huss himself seems in touch with reality, despite finding himself dressed up in a hired tuxedo at the Wimbledon winners' ball.

"I'd be very flattered and surprised and I'd jump at the opportunity, but Davis Cup is about a lot more than just one result," he said.

Not that it will stop him dreaming.

"I think playing for your country is the pinnacle of any sport and that includes tennis," he said. "If I can just keep having good results hopefully they will notice me."

Socket
07-05-2005, 03:46 AM
Tara, I love your new avatar! Could you please post the original photo, I'd love to see it in full size?

NOMAD
07-05-2005, 03:53 AM
Tara, I love your new avatar! Could you please post the original photo, I'd love to see it in full size?

;) There you go.
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/6318/ao00310ui.png

Socket
07-05-2005, 03:53 AM
*right-clicks and saves* Thank you very much, Tara! :kiss: :kiss:

Lisbeth
07-05-2005, 04:15 AM
Yes, cute pic Tara :)

I am bewildered as to why the press keeps getting Austria and Argentina mixed up!!

Yasmine
07-05-2005, 08:32 AM
Tara the queen of Pictures :worship: :hug:
http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/6318/ao00310ui.png
(sorry couldn't help posting it again :devil: )

star
07-05-2005, 12:28 PM
oh my gosh. That's a fantastic picture of Lleyton. :)

shirleyhewitt
07-05-2005, 02:03 PM
yep,he is so charming, gorgeous. :hearts:

good job queen. :bounce:

Turkeyballs Paco
07-05-2005, 04:02 PM
:kiss: wow, tara, what a great pic. where did you find it?

:wavey:

alexito
07-05-2005, 05:35 PM
I don't believe some player argentina can beat lleyton. lleyton no lose in davis cup. but argentina can beat phillippousis or double.

betsiew
07-05-2005, 06:26 PM
Tara have jou more pictures like this. Is this one from the Aus Open??
He is very cute :eek:

NOMAD
07-05-2005, 10:45 PM
the picture is from tennis.info (http://www.tennis.info/)

They have lots of great photos of tennis players ;)

The picture is from Australia Open this year(if I remember correctly :o )

NOMAD
07-05-2005, 10:50 PM
Hewitt ready to go the distance

06jul05
LLEYTON Hewitt is willing to play on all three days to help Australia beat an Argentine team bringing three of the world's top 15 ranked players to the Davis Cup tie in Sydney next week.

Following the withdrawal of Mark Philippoussis (ankle injury) late on Monday, Australia's selectors yesterday rummaged through their playing ranks to name Polish-born Peter Luczak for a debut at the age of 25 alongside Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs and 19-year-old Chris Guccione.

Australian coach Wally Masur yesterday claimed favouritism for the tie on the transportable grasscourt at Sydney Olympic Park, even though Argentina had two men make the second week at Wimbledon, one more than Australia.

Argentina's David Nalbandian, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon and the 2002 runner-up, will be joined by Guillermo Coria, who was beaten in the fourth round, and French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta.

Hewitt has rarely undertaken action on all three days of a Davis Cup tie, with the exception of Australia's final 2001 loss to France when he was teamed with Pat Rafter in doubles.

"Lleyton is better equipped than just about anyone on the tour to play three best-of-five matches in three days," Masur said. "We had the luxury of playing Woodbridge and Arthurs (in doubles) and share the workload a bit. But it's new times and Lleyton realises it had to happen sooner rather than later."