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04-10-2007, 09:52 AM
Let's discuss Max playing for Belarus DC team here! :banana: :banana: :banana:

World Group Play-offs line-up complete
Brazil, Peru, Japan, Korea, Great Britain, Israel, Slovak Republic and Serbia, have booked their places in Wednesday's World Group play-off draw, after winning their respective Group I second round ties .

They will be joined by the eight losers from February's World Group first round ties: Chile, Romania, Croatia, Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus and Austria. The draw for the eight ties will take place at 1000 GMT on Wednesday 11 April at the ITF's headquarters.

Eight nations will be seeded according to the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Rankings which will be published on Tuesday 10 April.

The World Group play-off ties will take place on 21-23 September, the same weekend as the World Group semifinals

I hope for a good play-off draw for Belarus :bowdown: :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown: preferably at home :lol:

04-10-2007, 10:07 AM
Let's cross our fingers then!

04-10-2007, 06:40 PM
more news from daviscup.com

Seeds announced for World Group Play-offs
The seeded nations have been announced for the draw for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-offs that will take place on Wednesday 11 April at the ITF Offices in London at 11:00 (10:00 GMT). The seeds are based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 9 April.

The eight seeds are:

1. Croatia
2. Australia :devil:
3. Slovak Republic
4. Belarus ;) :cool: :smoke:
5. Chile
6. Romania
7. Czech Republic
8. Austria

The eight seeded nations will each be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Brazil
2. Great Britain
3. Israel
4. Japan
5. Korea, Rep.
6. Peru
7. Serbia
8. Switzerland

:scared: please no Serbia, GB and Switzerland :help: :bolt:

04-11-2007, 09:12 PM
Play-off Draw :devil:

Australia (s) v Serbia (c)*
Austria (s) (c) v Brazil
Belarus (s) v Peru (c)*
Chile (s) v Israel (c)*
Croatia (s) v Great Britain (c)*
Czech Republic (s) (c) v Switzerland
Romania (s) v Japan (c)*
Slovak Republic (s) (c)* v Korea, Rep.


04-12-2007, 07:02 PM
Painful draw..... :tape:

04-12-2007, 07:37 PM
I won't make any predictions right now because there are more than 6 months left before DC play-off, but some things really get me worried.

First, I had very painfull memories about the last trip of Belarussian DC team to South hemisphere. :devil: All these acclimatization troubles didn't allow Max show his best during the tie vs. Australia. Peru seems to me not better with all these altitudes and climat.
Second, Peru will choose clay. Although Max reached Master QF on clay last year and has beat Horna on clay twice I prefer to watch our Beast playing on taraphlex :secret: in Minsk :lol: :aplot:
And third, the last but not the least. I see the only way for Belarus to keep WG place - Max should win both his singles, as well as doubles. Voltchkov + clay = :help: even now, when Vova's play leaves much and much to be desired. :banghead: :mad:

04-12-2007, 07:52 PM
Well, Peru won't play in the altitude. It's not a very decent country, and they always play at the same place, in the Asia resort, that's in a beach. Altitude would only help Max.
2 points are safe for Belarus: Max against Miranda (very weak player) and the doubles point (both Peruvians can't hit a decent volley to save their lives). The next point probably won't come from Vladimir, unfortunately. He sucks big on clay and the match against Horna will be just training for the Peruvian. Max will have to dig deep and defeat Horna. Two points must be considered: Max is no clown on clay, and Horna can't return big serves, adding to the equation that Horna gets injured all the time. The other point is that September isn't hot in SA, in general. Temperatures should be decent for play.

04-12-2007, 07:55 PM
Gu :wavey: aren't you going to Peru? :p :p :p :angel:
it is not that far from Brazil right? ;)

04-14-2007, 06:12 PM
*whispers* And we can also hope something happens with Horna....

04-14-2007, 07:24 PM
Gu :wavey: aren't you going to Peru? :p :p :p :angel:
it is not that far from Brazil right? ;)

Porto Alegre - Lima is about 4500 km apart... that's about 2 times the distance from Moscow to Paris. :o Everything here is far... If Belarus went to Argentina, I'd go, but Peru? :bolt:

04-14-2007, 07:44 PM
Porto Alegre - Lima is about 4500 km apart... that's about 2 times the distance from Moscow to Paris. :o Everything here is far... If Belarus went to Argentina, I'd go, but Peru? :bolt:

:awww: well, I have no idea what is the distance from Moscow to Lima, but only the tickets there cost about 2000 $, so no DC in Peru for me :sad: :bigcry: :crying2: :sobbing: :tears:
what a stupid draw :smash: :mad:

09-11-2007, 05:11 PM
The ITF has announced the team nominations for the 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinals, Play-offs to be played on 21-23 September.

Venue: Rinconada Country Club, Lima, Peru (clay – outdoors)

Luis Horna
Ivan Miranda
Matias Silva
Mauricio Echazu
Captain: Jaime Yzaga

Max Mirnyi
Vladimir Voltchkov
Andrei Karatchenia
Uladzimir Ignatik
Captain: Dmitry Tatur

:tape: :tape:

09-12-2007, 08:56 AM
Some DC news from kp.by

Belarussian team is preparing for the tie on clay courts of Bollettieri academy in Bradenton. They chose it to warm up because Florida and Lima are in the same time zone :scratch: and also because Max studied in the Bollettieri academy and has friendly relations, so the team has all the conditions for practise :yeah:

Max and Andrei Karatchenia arrived to Florida just after US Open, meanwhile Vlad Volthckov played (and won :banana: ) futures in Germany. Vlad Ignatik takes part in junior event in Kentucky and is going to join the team a little later. But as his mother told reporters, he isn't ready enough to play decisive matches at DC, because he even is not ATP player yet, but only a junior of great promise.

The team is going to start off to Lima on September, 16.

The court is situated not in highland but on 400 m altitude.

09-13-2007, 11:48 AM
Good luck guys! Let's hope Vova's success in futures and Max's in mixed US Open will bring them the energy they need to win this!!! :rocker2:

09-13-2007, 12:53 PM
more info from Belarussian media

from interview of Belarussian team captian Dmitry Tatur:

Ignatic and Karatchenia were choosen as team #3 and #4 because of their success at junior Roland Garros. Although Max and Vova will play again leader roles in DC, depending on the situation Andrei may play doubles because of his super doubles performance @ RG

-Max results in singles are falling down worrying

-Max had a very strong psychological stress :eek: :eek: :eek: after his lost to Soderling in DC tie against Sweden when he had 2 matchballs. His US Open run gives a hope; he played perfect against Bagdatis and against Grosjean he just wasn't physical fresh enough. It was very hot in NY and very difficult him to play with all-times net advances under these weather conditions.

- And what about Voltchkov?
-Voltchkov had a very efficient training in Spain. He is in good condition after that and has already won two futures in Moscow and Germany

09-19-2007, 07:36 AM

09-19-2007, 09:22 AM
Max Mirnyi: "We respect the team Peru"

The Belarussian #1 Max Mirnyi presented respect to Peruvian team and added he didn't care about the clay surface, where the Davis Cup duel would be played.

"We have much respect to the Peruvian team, especially to their two first players (Luis Horna and Iván Miranda). It is going to be a very hard match. I am not worried about playing against Lucho (Horna). Davis Cup results do not depend on a single player, but of the effort of all the team", said Mirnyi, the star of Belarus, on the pre-DC conference east Tuesday at the Rinconada Country Club

Mirnyi,1,95 m high, and one of the best doubles players of the world (#12 ATP), said he cared neitgher about playing on clay nor the public. "We are familiar to play on all type of surface..." :unsure:, emphasized the new mixed doubles champion of the U.S. Open 2007.

On the other hand, the experienced Vladimir Voltchkov, #463 singles ATP and Belarussian number two, commented: "since three months I haven't hit a ball on hard surface :). I am ready to play on clay".

The youngster Uladzimir Ignatik, who took part in the last Inka Bowl event in Lima, and Andrei Karatchenia, #3, were also optimistic.

Team captain Dmitry Tatur assured his team is prepared to defend the place in th World Group of Davis Cup

hehe, it is funny to translate from Spanish :p :p

09-19-2007, 07:14 PM
Hehe. Well done with translation! :)

09-19-2007, 09:11 PM
:spit: one more article

from La Republica

"Much respect to Peru and I do not believe Horna alone is the player to win the tie. The winner will be decided on Sunday ".

When you see him practising it's impossible not to feel a mixture of fear and admiration. With almost two meters' height (1,95 to be exact), severe face and owner of an extraordinary forehand, Max Mirnyi stands out against his team partners of Belarus DC team by the impressive force of hitting the ball.
From the day when our country knew that Belarus would be the last stumbling block to enter the DC World Group, all the glances aimed at him. Although Mirnyi's nowadays position in the ranking of professional tennis players is like 97, some time ago he was top 20 in singles and number 1 in doubles.

"I am not scared of public"
During the yesterday press-conference of Belarus DC team at the Rinconada Country Club most of the questions were directed to Mirnyi, who answered very calmly, clarifying that his nickname "the Beast" is left only for on-court.
"We respect Peruvain team. It's going to be a very difficult opponent, especially matches against their two first players and because there is so much expectation here, but we are calm", assured Mirnyi.
"I am not worried about match against Horna, no doubts that will be very hard and I will need to apply more energies, but all the team condition me. Davis Cup is a team game, for that reason I like to play it. Venues of play are different, no doubts the local spectators are able to influence much on result, but it is necessary to know how to handle it ", he added.
Mirnyi finally talked about the surface where the tie will be held. He didn't consider playing on clay as a disadvantage for Belarus team, although fast surface is more habitual. "The court is very good, the game becomes slower on the clay, a ball bounce is unpredictable, but we are here for training. I think winner won't be decided till Sunday ", sentenced the tennis player.

Champions doubles?
Although the captain of Belarus, Dmitri Tatur, hasn't confirm yet who will play doubles on Saturday, everything aims that Max Mirnyi and the young Andrei Karatchenia (doubles winner of Junior Roland Garros with Italian Thomas Fabbiano) will be selected to face the Peruvian pair.
Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarussian #2, said: "I have been training for this tie for the last three months and I haven't hit a ball on a hard court". Belarus now has to defend its place in World Group, since they lost in the previous round to Sweden (3-2). If they lose this one, they would descend to Group I

:banana: :banana:

09-19-2007, 09:15 PM
Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarussian #2, said: "I have been training for this tie for the last three months and I haven't hit a ball on a hard court".
Go Vova! :banana: :lol:

09-20-2007, 09:22 AM
The draw will be made today at 12:00 local Peru time :scared: :tape:

09-20-2007, 06:47 PM



:unsure: :scared:

09-20-2007, 07:32 PM
scary-scary-scary... :scared:

09-20-2007, 08:27 PM
Close encounter expected in Lima
At the official draw, referee Paulo Pereira asked v the current ITF junior No.1 and No. 4 on the Belarus team, to take a name from the bowl to determine the order of play.

Ignatik took the paper out of the bowl, and the referee read aloud “Max Mirnyi”. This simple gesture determined that home team’s No. 2 Ivan Miranda, and Mirnyi, the visitors’ No. 1 will open the series in the Peru v. Belarus Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie in Lima, Peru.

The full draw is as follows:
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Luis Horna (PER) v Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)
Luis Horna/Ivan Miranda (PER) v Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)
Luis Horna (PER) v Max Mirnyi (BLR)
Ivan Miranda (PER) v Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR)

Mirnyi was quite happy with the result of the draw:

“This is just as we wanted it. I’m quite satisfied to play before Vladimir (Voltchkov). The opposition is strong, but we are feeling comfortable until now, it is a beautiful country.”

The Belarusian was cautious about the final outcome of the tie, however, “I don’t think any match will be more relevant than the others. This is a team competition and every match is important, so we will go one match at a time”.

On the other hand, Peru is full of hope, although they recognize Belarus’ higher experience in this level of competition.

“This is an historic moment for us,” said Luis Horna. “We have been doing this for the last years, same group, same team, same captain… we are ready for this moment.”

Peru’s No. 1 was also cautious about the tie. “We have the advantage of the home crowd and court, but they have more experience, so I think the tie is very tight”.

Horna thinks playing on clay is not such a key factor, considering that Belarus usually plays at home on a super-fast carpet surface. “At least not with Mirnyi,” he said.

“We are playing on clay as it is our favorite surface, but Mirnyi has had good results on clay, in Hamburg, in Roland Garros, he is a very good player. Perhaps Voltchkov can be more affected by the surface”.

The post-draw press conference also featured Miranda making a public request for the home fans to fill the 4,000-seater stadium, and Peruvian captain Jaime Yzaga saying “the third one is the one that counts”, remembering Peru’s two previous World Group playoff ties, in which he played and lost.

In 1989, Peru was defeated 3-2 by Australia in Lima, with Yzaga providing Peru’s two points, and in 1994 they lost 4-1 to Denmark in Copenhagen with Yzaga once again scoring Peru’s only win. Maybe, as he says, the third time shall be the one, and Peru will enter the World Group for the first time in its history.

09-21-2007, 07:20 PM
Max lost to Miranda 64 36 76 64 :sad: :sad: :sad: :awww:

09-21-2007, 08:55 PM
Miranda puts Peru in front
Peru's No. 2 Ivan Miranda defeated Belarus No. 1 Max Mirnyi 64 36 76(6) 64 in a surprise result that puts Peru 1-0 ahead of their opponent after the first match of this World Group Play-off tie of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas.

Miranda had strategy planned

The result comes as a shocker, as Miranda is No. 284 in the world, almost 200 places behind Mirnyi. In front of a very noisy 3,000 crowd, the small Peruvian, whose nickname “Chino” was constantly cheered by his fans, stuck to a specific strategy: pin the giant Belarusian to the baseline, where the power of his serve-and-volley game could be neutralised.

After a break in the fifth game, Miranda conserved his serve until the end of the first set, to the joy of the people. He broke again at the beginning of the second set, only to immediately lose it twice; he admitted later that perhaps he relaxed a bit at that point.

Tight third set

The third set showed a very equilibrate match, with Mirnyi dominating each time he could get to the net, and Miranda playing the classic clay-court baseline game, with long strokes designed to make his opponent fall back to his own backyard. After winning the set in a close tiebreaker, Miranda got more confident while Mirnyi seemed unfocused from time to time. The weather, cool and humid, made the court even slower, making things easier for the home team.

“It was a very tough match” said Mirnyi. “[Miranda] did what he had to do when he needed it. The atmosphere was disturbing but good… that’s what the Davis Cup is about, really. I did not expect to lose, but this is a team competition and there are four more points to win”.

Asked about the doubles, which he is expected to play, Mirnyi was as cautious as yesterday. “I think we will have to wait until the second match to evaluate our choices. The best thing is that we are all fit, so it’s the captain’s choice to decide what the best couple is, and I’m sure he will pick the right players.”

Peru look to create history

Miranda, on the other hand, was incredibly happy, but in a quiet way. “This is one of my best wins ever in a Davis Cup,” he explained. I tried to play from the base all the time, and it worked. I am very happy and I hope we can get to the World Group”.

Luis Horna will take on Vladimir Voltchkov in a match that seems well suited for the Peruvian No. 1. If Peru leads 2-0 at the end of the first day, they will be on track for their first ever World Group appearance; if Voltchkov manages to surprise Horna, the tie will feature two unexpected results – but a 1-1 score that many expected anyway.

09-21-2007, 09:24 PM
I don't know why but I knew that Max was going to lose this one. Why didn't I bet any money on it? I'm sure Miranda had great odds. :(

09-22-2007, 07:00 PM
Peru - Belarus 2-0

Voltchkov lost to Horna 36 67 64 64 62 :sad: :awww:
well, at least it was very close match :( maybe if it hadn't been postponed till Saturday because of poor light Vova would had chances :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

09-22-2007, 08:47 PM
Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov def Silva/Miranda 63 75 62

Belarus - Peru 1:2 :devil: :devil:

:scared: :scared: :scared: good luck tomorrow :rocker2: :rocker2:

09-23-2007, 07:24 PM
Horna defeated Max 64 75 46 76(4)

Belarus relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group I

:awww: :awww: :awww: :awww: :awww: :awww: :awww: :awww:

09-23-2007, 07:52 PM
Andrei Karatchenia is facing Matias Silva in the last dead rubber

Go Andrei :rocker2: :rocker2:

09-24-2007, 08:39 PM
PERU defeated BELARUS 4-1
Venue: Lima, Peru (clay – outdoors)

Ivan Miranda (PER) d. Max Mirnyi (BLR) 64 36 76(6) 64
Luis Horna (PER) d. Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 36 67(4) 64 64 62
Max Mirnyi/Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) d. Ivan Miranda/Mateus Silva (PER) 63 75 62
Luis Horna (PER) d. Max Mirnyi (BLR) 64 75 46 76(4)
Matias Silva (PER) d. Andrei Karatchenia (BLR) 64 64

Belarussian media referes to one Max interview where he said "I don't think I'm going to play for the team if Belarus is out of DC World Group" :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :o

09-26-2007, 05:56 PM

09-27-2007, 01:32 PM
DC 2008
Second Round ties

Croatia (s)(c) v Italy

Netherlands v Latvia or FYR Macedonia (Latvia/FYR Macedonia have choice of ground)

Switzerland or Poland v Belarus (c)

Georgia v Slovak Republic (s)(c)(*)

(s) = seed
(c) = choice of ground
(*) = choice of ground decided by lot

if Max still isn't going to play home tie... :ras: :retard: :silly:

09-27-2007, 06:42 PM
He has some time to think about it. :)

01-30-2008, 09:18 PM
Davis Cup 2008

Switzerland and Poland announced their line-ups

Venue: Bodensee-Arena, Kreuzlingen (hard – indoors)
Switzerland: Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli, Michael Lammer, Yves Allegro
Captain: Severin Luthi
Poland: Lukasz Kubot, Dawid Olejniczak, Mariusz Fyrstenberg, Marcin Matkowski
Captain: Jaroslaw Szymaniuk

The winner of this tie will face Belarus on April 11-13 :p :devil:

04-01-2008, 06:32 PM
Belarus - Switzerland
Europe/Africa Zone Group I 2008, 2nd Round
Football Manege, Minsk
Stadium Capacity: 4769 seats
11 April - 13 April 2008
Day 1: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)
Surface: Carpet (Play-turf) - Indoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Regular Duty

Max Mirnyi
Vladimir Voltchkov
Andrei Karatchenia
Uladzimnir Ignatik
Captain: Dmitri Tatur

Stanislas Wawrinka
Stephane Bohli
Michael Lammer
Yves Allegro
Captain: Severin Luthi

:rocker2: Good luck :unsure:

04-04-2008, 03:34 PM
...and there are rumours in Russian media that Federer might play DC after his loss in Miami :eek: :bolt:

04-10-2008, 05:40 PM


good luck :bounce: :bounce:

04-11-2008, 05:53 PM
Stephane Bohli def. Max Mirnyi 6-4 6-4 7-6(5) :sad: :sad:

04-12-2008, 06:05 AM
WAWRINKA def IGNATIK 4-6 6-1 7-6 6-2 :awww:

04-13-2008, 06:33 PM
R3 - M.MIRNYI / V.VOLTCHKOV (BLR) def. Y.ALLEGRO / S.WAWRINKA (SUI) 3-6 6-3 6-1 6-2
R4 - S.WAWRINKA (SUI) def. V.VOLTCHKOV (BLR) 7-6(6) 4-6 0-6 7-5 6-4 :eek: :bigcry:
R5 - Y.ALLEGRO (SUI) def. U.IGNATIK (BLR) 7-6(5) 6-0

:sad: :sad:

04-14-2008, 03:36 PM
Wow, it has already come so far that Max is getting replaced in Davis Cup and the sad thing is that Voltchkov kept it much closer than Max would have ever been able to. I really want him to retire because it hurts me to see him like that. :sad:

04-17-2008, 03:01 PM
Wow, it has already come so far that Max is getting replaced in Davis Cup and the sad thing is that Voltchkov kept it much closer than Max would have ever been able to. I really want him to retire because it hurts me to see him like that. :sad:


next they will play 1st Round Play-Offs 18 Jul - 20 Jul 2008 against Poland in Belarus :awww:

I probably will be there :p :secret: if I don't go to challengers held in the end of July in Russia :angel:

07-10-2008, 07:51 PM
Europe/Africa Zone Group I Play-Off: Poland at Belarus (July 18-20, 2008)
Venue: Republic Olympic Training Center for Tennis, Minsk
Stadium Capacity: 1732
18 July - 20 July 2008
Day 1: 1100 hrs (0800 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1100 hrs (0800 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1100 hrs (0800 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Supersoft Doppio) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Wilson US Open Regular Duty

Team Captain: Dmitri TATUR

Team Captain: Radoslaw SZYMANIK

The winner stays at Europe/Africa Zone Group I in 2009. The loser plays against Georgia (September 19-21, 2008), and losing nation is relegated to Group II in 2009. If Georgia faces Poland, venue in Georgia, if Georgia plays Belarus, venue in Belarus.

07-17-2008, 05:29 PM



Good luck :rocker2: :banana:

07-24-2008, 07:18 PM
Poland defeated Belarus 4-1 in Belarus

6-2 4-6 6-1 6-2
6-4 7-5 6-4
6-4 6-0 6-2
6-1 6-2
3-6 6-2 6-4

:help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

08-08-2009, 10:28 AM
I was very surprised at how insightful Andy Roddick was about Belarus and Davis Cup...