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Deboogle!.
12-09-2003, 09:10 PM
U.S. To Host Davis Cup Tie At Mohegan Sun


By Richard Pagliaro TENNIS WEEK
12/10/2003

American stars will seek to shine on the Sun next year. United States Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe and the USTA are expected to announce the U.S. Davis Cup team will host Austria in an opening-round Davis Cup tie at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, February 6-8th.

A press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Casino when USTA officials will make the announcement. McEnroe is scheduled to join Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Jodi Rell and Mark Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, to make the formal announcement.

The United States and Austria have met in Davis Cup on only one previous occasion, with the United States defeating Austria 3-2 in the semifinals of the 1990 Davis Cup in Vienna, Austria. American Michael Chang starred for the U.S. against Austria, fighting back from a two-set deficit to defeat Horst Skoff 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the decisive match, which spanned two days. Chang's effort was the first time an American came back from two-sets-to-love in the decisive fifth rubber of a Davis Cup match since Hall of Famer Don Budge defeated Gottfried Von Cramm of Germany in 1937. Tennis Week writer Steve Flink cited Budge's 6-8, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 8-6 triumph as one of the greatest matches played in his book, The Greatest Tennis Matches Of The Twentieth Century.

Austria is led by 53rd-ranked Stefan Koubek and 79th-ranked Jurgen Melzer. Austria beat Belgium 3-2 in Portschach, Austria in September's Davis Cup World Group Playoff to qualify for February's first-round tie.

The United States advanced to the first-round tie with a 3-2 triumph over the host Slovak Republic in a September tie staged on red clay in Bratislava. Mardy Fish's inspired 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 over Karol Kucera on the opening-day of play evened that tie at 1-1. In their Davis Cup debut, the Bryan brothers staked the U.S. to a 2-1 lead and reigning U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick clinched the victory in the opening reverse singles match.

The indoor court the United States will select for the tie against Austria should benefit the big serves of Roddick and Fish and give the Americans an advantage over Austria. The top-ranked Roddick, who has never played Melzer, has not surrendered a set in winning all three of his matches with Koubek. Melzer was a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 victor over Fish on red clay in the Houston quarterfinals earlier this year in their lone meeting. Fish has not faced Koubek.

Should the Americans beat Austria they would travel to Australia to face the defending Davis Cup champions or host Sweden in the Davis Cup quarterfinals, set for April 9-11th.

Two years ago, the U.S. advanced to the Davis Cup final four, falling to France at Roland Garros. In February, a talented cast of young Americans that may well include Roddick, Fish, the Bryan brothers and/or James Blake, Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri will begin its quest for its 31st Davis Cup championship.

"I think Andy, James, Taylor, myself and the Bryans are all going to try to play Davis Cup every single time it comes around regardless of wherever it is," Fish told Tennis Week last month. "Obviously, it can be a scheduling conflict when we have to play in Slovakia on clay right after the U.S. Open, but I mean that's the sacrifice you're going to have to make. And obviously it's a sacrifice definitely worth taking — going anywhere to play Davis Cup for your country is something that's really very special. I don't care where it is or when it is, I'm going to go play Davis Cup every time they ask me."

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Davis Cup 2004 First Round Venues Confirmed
Australian fans may still be living in the euphoria of their country's magnificent victory in the 2003 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, but their Aussie heroes have already turned their focus to next year’s competition. As the anticipation begins to build for next year's World Group first round ties on 6-8 February, the eight host nations have submitted their choices of venue to the ITF for approval.

Australia begins its defence of the Cup with a home tie against Sweden on a rebound ace surface at Adelaide's Memorial Drive in South Australia. The venue has been used in previous ties by Australia, the most recent being the 2002 World Group play-off against India and the 2000 quarterfinal against Germany. On both occasions Australia was successful, defeating India 5-0 on hard court and Germany 3-2 on grass. Australia also has a good record against Sweden, winning their last two meetings. The most recent came in the 2003 quarterfinals in Malmo, Sweden, in April, when Hewitt, Woodbridge, Arthurs and Philippoussis won 5-0.

Defeated finalist Spain faces an away trip against the Czech Republic in Brno on an a carpet surface. The two nations have a 2-2 head-to-head record, having last met in 1972.

France, ranked No. 2 behind Australia on the year-end ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking, will host a home tie in Metz against Croatia. Not surprisingly the French have chosen their favourite surface of red clay for their first tie ever against Croatia.

The Netherlands will be looking to overcome Canada for the first time as they do battle on an indoor red clay court in Maastricht, chosen by the Netherlands as the venue for their third meeting.

Switzerland will travel to Bucharest in Romania to face the home side on red clay, while 2002 champion Russia will travel to Minsk to face Belarus for the first time on carpet. Morocco will host Argentina in Agadir and have chosen a Greenset hard court as their surface.

J. Corwin
12-09-2003, 09:17 PM
Thank ya.

I read that and I thought "Casino"???
It's gonna be interesting to see the U.S.most likely facing Australia if they beat Austria.

And interesting to see the Aussies choose Rebound Ace over grass. But I can see why since the tie is just after AO.

Sjengster
12-09-2003, 09:52 PM
Last time they met Sweden they were supposed to play on the artificial grass they used for the final, but it wasn't ready in time, and they took a risk because Rebound Ace is evidently more suited to the Swedes - but then with the current Swedish team, I suppose there's less worry...

Poor old Koubek, he's going to get dismembered on a fast indoor surface against the U.S. It'd be nice for him to play the hero's role and lead Austria to a surprise victory, but he's not really an inspirational player, I have to say.

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 12:25 AM
I don't really understand why the dutch picked clay, which is surely Sjeng's worst surface? It'd have made more sense to play to their stregths, in my opinion. Surely they could have beaten Canada on hardcourts... but whatever. Verkerk the clay master will get to show his stuff :devil:

Leo
12-10-2003, 02:22 AM
Who else thinks that Spain is in serious trouble in the first round? Damm/Suk are almost a guarantee win for dubs, Ferrero just lost in straights to Novak on carpet, and Moya has really struggled with Novak in the past. They better have their act together come February or the Armada will be sunk early .

TennisLurker
12-10-2003, 02:37 AM
How good is Radek (rahr!) on carpet?

Leo
12-10-2003, 03:25 AM
How good is Radek (rahr!) on carpet?

Good question. I didn't think of him as a factor in this tie, but you never know. I think his best results have come on clay, anyway.

darrinbaker00
12-10-2003, 03:40 AM
Let me see if I fully understand this: a week after the ATP Tour announced plans to protect the sport from gambling, the USTA announces that it's going to host a Davis Cup tie at a casino. Makes perfect sense to me..... :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
12-10-2003, 05:31 AM
well Mohegan Sun has hosted all kinds of sporting events lol. It's not just a casino, it's a whole hotel/entertainment complex.

Action Jackson
12-10-2003, 05:57 AM
If Australia play the US in the quarter finals. The tie will be played on Roddick's best surface that is right clay. The Aussies are better

Hewitt is not great on it, but it's Davis Cup and he beat Costa and Guga away from home on the clay which were huge efforts. Philippoussis well he virtually won the 99 DC in France, so they would have more of an advantage if the tie was played on clay.

As much as I like Koubek I agree with Sjengster that he has no chance on a fast indoor surface.

Spain could be in trouble for sure, you never know with Davis Cup funny things happen.

Rebecca I think you might have forgotten the man who grows 4 legs when he is playing DC Raemon Sluiter is always on option for the Dutch.

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 07:19 AM
Rebecca I think you might have forgotten the man who grows 4 legs when he is playing DC Raemon Sluiter is always on option for the Dutch.

True... but isn't Sluiter better on fast surfaces? My point was just that I'm surprised they thought they needed clay to beat Canada. Not taking any chances, I guess.

WyverN
12-10-2003, 07:32 AM
True... but isn't Sluiter better on fast surfaces? My point was just that I'm surprised they thought they needed clay to beat Canada. Not taking any chances, I guess.

Yet by choosing clay they are taking a chance. Schalken is at his weakest on clay and obviously they chose clay because of Verkerk but Verkerk is so inconsistent, he needed 10-8 in the 5th set to beat some indian player ranked 250 in the DC semi

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 08:01 AM
Yet by choosing clay they are taking a chance. Schalken is at his weakest on clay and obviously they chose clay because of Verkerk but Verkerk is so inconsistent, he needed 10-8 in the 5th set to beat some indian player ranked 250 in the DC semi
That's what I was thinking; that surface didn't really make a difference in this tie, so why pick your teams worst? :confused:

J. Corwin
12-10-2003, 09:58 AM
Flawed thinking. Or maybe disillusioned regarding Verkerk perhaps?

TheBoiledEgg
12-10-2003, 12:48 PM
it just shows that alot of teams pick surfaces not to benefit their players but to negate the other teams strengths.

Belarus couldnt put anything else down, Voltchkov is useless on anything other than carpet and he's not too good on there either (apart from his fleeting moment in the sun)

the Dutch could well have picked Carpet, but then again they probably scared of losing to Daniel Nestor :rolleyes: in 3-4 tiebreaks.

Morocco play all their home matches on clay, cos they got the Argies, they put a hardcourt down

maratski
12-10-2003, 12:54 PM
I didn't even know we have hardcourts in Morocco :eek:

Holland sucks on clay. It's Raemon's worst surface even if he plays well in DC. Sjeng isn't too good on the surface either. Martin can play on clay, but he doesn't have much experience in DC. We'll see!

Holland plays very good on fast indoor courts so I don't understand why they're not doing it this time :confused:

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 05:30 PM
it just shows that alot of teams pick surfaces not to benefit their players but to negate the other teams strengths.

Belarus couldnt put anything else down, Voltchkov is useless on anything other than carpet and he's not too good on there either (apart from his fleeting moment in the sun)

the Dutch could well have picked Carpet, but then again they probably scared of losing to Daniel Nestor :rolleyes: in 3-4 tiebreaks.

Morocco play all their home matches on clay, cos they got the Argies, they put a hardcourt down
Don't roll those eyes, Mr! You'd be afraid of losing to Nestor too ;)

Chloe le Bopper
12-10-2003, 05:34 PM
Even if the dutch are pretty bad on clay (erm, "clay monster" Verkerk ;) aside)... surely they are better than Canada. On carpet... ignoring TBE's eyeroll... it's certainly not beyond any stretch of the imagination that Nestor could have scored two points. Then all they would need would be for one of their other players to play the match of his life, and boom... the dutch are embarassingly upset ;)

I can't see the senario happening on clay somehow. I suppose we could still win the doubles, and I don't really have any idea how good Frank is on clay (well he did lose a close 4 setter in Brazil.... that was against Meligeni.. who is retired? Old, at the very least? ;)), but I can't imagine that Larose or Niemeyer would be of much use on the surface.

*Ljubica*
12-10-2003, 05:56 PM
I didn't even know we have hardcourts in Morocco :eek:

Holland sucks on clay. It's Raemon's worst surface even if he plays well in DC. Sjeng isn't too good on the surface either. Martin can play on clay, but he doesn't have much experience in DC. We'll see!

Holland plays very good on fast indoor courts so I don't understand why they're not doing it this time :confused:

I think they're laying the hard court especially Ilhame, - though I'm not 100% sure on that. I know the tie is in Agadir though, - a few of my friends and I are thinking of going, though it's very early days of planning yet. I think Agadir is on the coast in the south, - is this true? Sorry if I'm wrong - I've never actually been to Morocco before!

TheBoiledEgg
12-10-2003, 08:07 PM
Becca, thats exactly why they chose clay.
Sluiter would be perfect for indoors, on clay he's as much use as a used condom.
Sjeng's not too bad on clay, certainly he's gonna be too good for the Canadians, and i dont see Nestor playing on the dirt.

(Nestor did beat Edberg about 11-12 years ago :eek: in Canada indoors)

Sjengster
12-10-2003, 09:13 PM
Although for someone who is as much use as a used condom, Sluiter has had made two clay-court finals which is more than the likes of Gambill and Voltchkov have managed (admittedly both in Amsterdam, proving once and for all that he really is a home-town player). But yes, TBE is right, while the Sjengster isn't at his best on clay he has won a title on the red stuff and beaten Moya twice on clay as well, and he had a good performance at Monte Carlo earlier this year, so he should be good enough to win his matches. Basically, the Dutch and the Canadians' best surface is the same, a fast indoor court, so it's better for the Dutch to pick a slow surface on which they don't perform as badly as the Canadians.

heya
12-10-2003, 09:43 PM
*giggles* Sluiter, "Ahem!!!"

Leo
12-11-2003, 12:25 AM
Morocco play all their home matches on clay, cos they got the Argies, they put a hardcourt down

Won't make a difference. If Coria and Nalbandian play, Argentina will win this tie, regardless of the surface.

Leo
12-11-2003, 12:27 AM
*giggles* Sluiter, "Ahem!!!"

:confused:

maratski
12-11-2003, 09:53 AM
May I say that the man who is as much use as a used condom does well in his home country and his hometown is not Amsterdam ;)
He would see that as an insult :o

He did do well in his hometown this year. He made it to the final in Rotterdam :angel:

Agadir is indeed in the south of Morocco. I've never been there, but they say that it's a nice city. It's very touristic so there are good hotels, etc.

maratski
12-11-2003, 09:54 AM
Leo Younes can play on hardcourt too ;)

Sjengster
12-11-2003, 06:53 PM
May I say that the man who is as much use as a used condom does well in his home country and his hometown is not Amsterdam ;)
He would see that as an insult :o

He did do well in his hometown this year. He made it to the final in Rotterdam :angel:

Agadir is indeed in the south of Morocco. I've never been there, but they say that it's a nice city. It's very touristic so there are good hotels, etc.

Well, I probably should have said home player, but you know what I mean - all three of his tournament finals are in Holland (and he's lost all of them, sadly, to the likes of Massu, ugh!).

maratski
12-11-2003, 07:04 PM
Just like to tease you Sjengster ;) :kiss:

Come and flirt on the other board tonight ;)

Sjengster
12-11-2003, 07:07 PM
I have work, unfortunately - my last work of the term though...

maratski
12-11-2003, 07:10 PM
Good luck then!