01-03-2007, 02:33 AM
Just took a look at a thread in the Davis Cup part of the forum and every Belgian seems to think that Belgium is going to somehow upset the Australians. In my mind this is a joke, I mean as long as Lleyton plays surely we will win Lleyton can beat both their top players, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley will have no trouble winning the doubles. So even if our second singles players loses both his matches we should win 3-2. I really don't see how they can beat us if Lleyton plays, I think Luczak or Guccione will play second singles now that Philippoussis has been injured. Both Luczak and Guccione are capable of upsets espically in Davis Cup we saw that last year.
I already have my sights on a home quarterfinal against Croatia.
01-03-2007, 03:08 AM
Is anyone worried about Belgium? If so why?
01-03-2007, 03:23 AM
What about Lleyton plays a bad match? What if one of Belgium players have a blinder? What if Wayne and Paul play poorly.
I really think chances are about even, in fact Belgium would be favourties, considering it's their home tie.
01-21-2007, 04:22 PM
Here you can find all the info for the tie against our little country.
Let's Go Belgium :cool: :devil:
01-28-2007, 04:47 AM
Newk: Don't worry, we're in good hands with Cahill
January 28, 2007
DARREN Cahill's appointment to the Davis Cup coaching vacancy created by the swift departure of Roger Rasheed has been hailed by the sport's greats.
Cahill might not offer a cure-all for the lagging Australian men's game, but the addition of a world-class motivator and court technician certainly cannot hurt.
"I don't think we can say it will be Darren who will turn around all of Australian tennis," John Newcombe said. "But he brings a lot of experience to the job."
Cahill's appointment comes just in time for the 41-year-old from Adelaide to make his debut road trip for Tennis Australia, travelling to Liege, Belgium, for the first-round tie on indoor clay from February 9 to 11.
Since returning to Australia with his family in December, the former coach of Andre Agassi has been pondering a vast array of job options.
Ties to the newly retired Agassi remain as strong as ever, with Cahill upping stakes this week to travel with his former boss on a promotional trip to the Caribbean.
With the Australian Davis Cup side due to be named on Tuesday, only two days after the end of a disappointing Open in which no local hope lasted past the first week in singles, the timing could not be better for the start of a modest turnaround in fortunes.
Newcombe, a seven-time grand slam finalist who won the title in Melbourne in 1973 and 1975, has deep experience in Davis Cup as a player, captain and coach.
But he knows that turning the corner for one of the game's former dominant nations will not hinge on the appointment of one person to one job.
Cahill's experience with Lleyton Hewitt, however, might prove useful, Newcombe believes.
"Darren has worked with Lleyton from a young age and was one of his earliest coaches," he said. "He knows Lleyton's game. That will help in the Davis Cup atmosphere."
Cahill, Adelaide-born as is Hewitt, guided the young talent to world No.1 but left the tightly controlled Hewitt group in 2001 under circumstances which have not been fully explained.
Newcombe, while not wishing to speculate on suggestions at the time of a personality clash between Hewitt's camp and the coach, said past experience with Hewitt would be a definite plus.
"Darren and Lleyton get along well," he said. "I believe they always have. That can only help."
Cahill's commitment to Davis Cup extends only so far to the Belgium tie.
But with Australia without a coach to back up captain John Fitzgerald since Wally Masur departed 18 months ago, hopes are surely high in the corridors of Tennis Australia that Cahill will continue in the job.
"It is important that we do get some stability in the role and certainly it is important for Australian tennis that we lead by example at the top," Cahill said after being appointed a week ago.
"Hopefully we will get through this tie and I will sort myself out."
Former Davis Cup doubles star Mark Woodforde couldn't be happier that "Killer" is back in the mix.
"It's huge - fabulous that Darren is coming on board," he said. "This runs deeper than what he can do for Davis Cup. This has a chance to change all of Australian tennis.
"It's just what we need right now. It could get Australian tennis back on track."
Seven Network commentator John Barrett, a former Davis Cup player for Britain, is also a fan of Cahill's calm presence.
"We don't know the details of why Darren and Lleyton split a few years ago, but Lleyton will certainly be aware that Darren is the coach who brought him to the No.1 ranking," Barrett said.
Although Hewitt has dropped from sight as he tries to sort his slumping career, Cahill says all is well with his former pupil.
"I spoke to Lleyton a couple of days ago and he seemed to be pretty excited about it," he said.
01-28-2007, 04:48 AM
Good opportunity for Brydan :yeah:
Boy wonder called up for Davis Cup
West Australian teenager Brydan Klein has been called into the Davis Cup team after winning the boys' singles title at the Australian Open yesterday.
The 17-year-old beat French opponent Jonathan Eysseric 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the final.
Australia plays Belgium in a first round tie from February 9 and Klein will fly out for Europe with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.
Klein said Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald had personally invited him to join the team when he spoke to him on-court in the aftermath of the final.
"Obviously I accepted that and am really looking forward to going and meeting the guys and practicing with them," he said.
"I think I'm going to just be training with the players and practicing, I'm not going to have a match role. But I'll definitely be there to get a lot of hard work and training."
01-28-2007, 11:10 AM
I already have my sights on a home quarterfinal against Croatia.
second round will be in Germany :)
01-28-2007, 11:25 AM
Good Luck to the Aussie team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Flags/australia-flag-06.gif
01-29-2007, 12:47 PM
Mate, no Wayne Arthurs, looks like Paul and Lleyton are playing doubles and Luczak will fill the extra singles spot. With Lleyton and Gooch playing the first and second singles spots.
01-29-2007, 01:33 PM
Go Aussie...but it would be funny, paul matchs up Lleyton :lol:
01-30-2007, 03:38 AM
the doubles isn't guranteed at all now with Arthurs out, Lleyton and Paul will probably be the doubles combo but they did lose first round in Adelaide, so we'll see.