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World Group play off draw on Tuesday May 3rd

nitsansh
05-02-2005, 01:53 PM
The draw for the World Group Play-offs will be made on Tuesday 3 May in London; seeds will be announced at the draw, and will be based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

nitsansh
05-02-2005, 01:58 PM
The teams:
1 Spain 27,225.0 12 [1]
5 USA 13,210.0 11 [4]
7 Switzerland 6,359.4 8 [7]
8 Belarus 6,268.1 10 [8]
13 Sweden 3,593.8 8 [13]
14 Czech Republic 2,956.3 8 [14]
15 Austria 2,560.0 9 [16]
16 Chile 2,392.5 9 [15]

17 Canada 2,197.5 9 [21]
18 India 2,187.5 11 [19]
19 Great Britain 2,125.0 8 [17]
20 Ecuador 2,080.0 10 [22]
21 Belgium 1,975.0 8 [26]
22 Pakistan 1,792.5 11 [30]
23 Italy 1,730.0 10 [29]
24 Germany 1,700.0 7 [20]

nitsansh
05-02-2005, 03:37 PM
Interesting notes:
7 of those 16 nations played at the same stage last year:
Czech Republic, Austria, Chile - won last year but lost in WG 1st round.
Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany - lost last year and came through the zonal groups.

Czech Republic aim to retain its unique record of being the only nation that played in the world group since its introduction in 1981 and never lost a play-off tie. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Czechs lose their 1st round tie.

Austria will try to extend its current streak of WG appearances to 3 years, while Chile, that won promotion to the WG last year after absence of 19 years, will hope to make it 2 years in a row - an acievement they made once in their history, back in 1983.

Spain, the reigning champion, will hope to avoid the fate of France in 1997 and Sweden in 1999, who were relegated from the world group a year after winning the trophy. The Spaniards played lately in the WG play-off in 2002, also a year after winning the cup, and succesfully retained their WG status.

USA, the losing finalist, also find itself in the play off a year later. This is the 3rd time in WG history (and 4th in the entire history of Davis Cup) that both finalists lost their 1st tie the following year. On the previous 2 occasions - one of the finalists lost in the play-off and went from DC final to zonal group in one year. Those 2 were Switzerland in 1993 (lost to USA in 1992 final) and Sweden in 1999. One other finalist that lost its WG status a year later was India in 1989.
USA will try to avoid relegation from the WG for the 2nd time in history, and extend its streak to 18 years, the 2nd longest ongoing streak after Czech Republic.

Switzerland will extend its streak to 12 years if they win the play off tie in September.

Sweden is another regular member of DC elite group. Like USA and Australia it was absent from the WG only one year since the 16-team format was introduced in 1981. This is the 1st time in 5 years that Sweden play in the WG play off, and only the 5th time in its history - the fewest of the leading nations.

The remaining 1st round loser is Belarus, who made a remarkable WG debut in 2004 by reaching the semifinal.

smucav
05-02-2005, 06:05 PM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=32335

nitsansh
05-02-2005, 07:03 PM
The 4 nations that return to the world group play off after emerging from the zonal groups are familiar with this stage in recent years.
It will be the 8th year in a row that Great Britain play for a place in the world group, the 6th time in a row for Belgium, and the 4th succesive time for Germany and canada.
The Canadians qualified to the WG the last time in 2003, while Germany, Belgium and Great Britain enjoyed their last succes at this stage in 2002.

nitsansh
05-02-2005, 08:01 PM
India is also a frequent visitor to the WG play off. They failed to make this stage last year, but previousely did it 4 years in a row, and failed in all of them. India's last appearance in the WG was in 1998.

Ecuador's last appearance in the WG PO was also in 2003, and ended in defeat to Romania after one of the longest ties in DC history in which all 5 rubbers were 5-setters. Ecuador last played in the WG in 2001.

Italy was once a regular member of the WG, but its 20-years streak ended in 2000, and after failing in the WG PO the following year it went down to group 2 in 2003. A streak of 5 wins brought it back to the brink of return to the WG after absence of 5 years.

Last but not least... Pakistan has reached the WG play off for the first time since the current format was introduced in 1989, and the 2nd time that it reached a tie for a place in the WG (the previous occasion was the 1984 Eastern zone final against Japan).
This is a remarkable achievement for a nation that until this year never won a 1st round tie in group 1 and its record at this level was 2-8!!

RogiFan88
05-02-2005, 10:22 PM
I'm sure someone has already answered this, but if Canada meets Switzerland in Sep., where would they play the tie, as they've never met before? How is the country determined? By seed, i.e., the higher seed gets priority? Just curious.

Horatio Caine
05-03-2005, 08:37 AM
I'm sure someone has already answered this, but if Canada meets Switzerland in Sep., where would they play the tie, as they've never met before? How is the country determined? By seed, i.e., the higher seed gets priority? Just curious.

It's drawn by lot. ;)

I know - I'm wondering the same thing as we have never played Belarus.