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DC World Group Play-offs Draw

05-03-2005, 11:18 AM
World Group Play-offs Draw

Austria (s) (c) (*)

Belarus (s)
Canada (c) (*)

Chile (s) (c) (*)

Czech Republic (s) (c)

Spain (s)
Italy (c)

Sweden (s)
India (c)

Switzerland (s) (c)
Great Britain

USA (s)
Belgium (c)

(s)=Seeded nation
(c)=Choice of Ground
(*)=Choice of Ground decided by lot

The ties will be played on 23 - 25 September 2005, the same weekend as the World Group Semifinals. The winning nations in the World Group Play-offs will secure places in the 2006 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in Zonal Group I in 2006.

05-03-2005, 07:30 PM
Very bad draw, I think :(
Not from the tennis aspect, but that they have to travel to India.
Would have loved a match in Sweden ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
05-03-2005, 08:18 PM
we have to go to switerzland...FEDERER argggg and a sucky swedish draw too :mad:

05-03-2005, 11:04 PM
WOO!!!! Austria!

And kom igen Sverige :yeah: Dunno how the doubles match will go (providing it's Paes/Bhupathi) but they ought to win. I will be frustrated if they don't!

05-04-2005, 05:13 AM
They may play on grass. I'd have also loved to go to Sweden for the tie, but India is tooooooooo far !!!

Anyway, it's possible. We'll see.


05-04-2005, 05:37 AM
i found an article about this from an indian newspaper which interviewed Leander Paes.

NEW DELHI, MAY 3: India continue to ride their luck as the draw for the Davis Cup World Group play-offs today handed them a home tie, making it three in a row for the indians. India have been drawn to play Sweden at home later this year, with the choice of surface up to the hosts. The draw was made at the ITF headquarters in London earlier on Tuesday. The visitors would be the seeded team for the tie to be played from September 23 to 25.

And Indian team captain Leander Paes, who was counting on a home tie for the playoffs, admitted that a home tie plays a big role in deciding the result. ‘‘Sweden is a tough team, and as I see it, it is a tough draw, no doubt,’’ he told the Indian Express from Rome. ‘‘They have some great players, Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Enqvist, and it will be very tough. They are amongst the best teams in the world, with Bjorkman the current doubles champion at Wimbledon.

‘‘But the advantage for us would be playing at home, so I hope we do our best,’’ he added.

However, he is glad that he has avoided Chile in Chile, something he has repeatedly admitted to dread. ‘‘Well, we have to play a tough team in the playoff, but yeah, avoiding Chile is definitely good,’’ he laughs.

Seven-times champions Sweden is one of the eight first round losers from the World Group, while India beat China and Uzbekistan to qualify from the Asia Oceania zone group 1. With a 10-match winning streak behind them, India have a chance to make it to the elite group after a seven year gap.

However, India have lost all their four ties against Sweden, including twice at home on grass — 5-0 at Kolkata in the World Group quarterfinal in 1996 (when Sweden lost eventually in the final) and 4-1 in Bangalore in another WG quarters in 1985 (when they finished champions).

05-04-2005, 09:16 AM
Yeah... India isn't totally out of the question... but I don't think I could:
a) avoid food for 3 days
b) live on mcdonalds for three days
c) bring that much bottled water with me :haha:

09-05-2005, 03:16 AM
http://www.outlookindia.com/pti_news.asp?id=320548Rohan Bopanna was today rewarded for his successful return from a long injury lay-off with a place in the Indian Davis Cup team for the crucial World Group play-off against Sweden to be held here from September 23 to 25.

Making way for Bopanna was Harsh Mankad, named as reserve player in the team of Paes (captain), Bhupathi and Prakash Amritraj.

All India Tennis Association secretary Anil Khanna said the selection committee finalised the team late last night after a discussion with captain Paes, currently playing in the US Open Grand Slam.

"The Committee, however, has conveyed to the captain that it was his prerogative to name the team," Khanna added. As per the Davis Cup rules, a captain reserves the right to alter the team until he presents a four-member final list for the draw, usually made a day before the tie. "Leander can make a change if he feels necessary based on the players' form during the practice," Khanna, also the President of the Asian Tennis Federation, said.

The tie is to be played on the newly laid grass courts at the R K Khanna Stadium.

The Swedes have named a probable team with Mats Wilander as non-playing captain ( :lol: ) and includes Thomas Johansson, Joachim Johansson, Robin Soderling, Jonas Bjorkman and Michael Ryderstedt.

The last date for the nations to announce the team is September 12.

The winner of the tie would be promoted to the 16-nation World Group next year while the loser would return to Group 1 of their respective zone. Sweden were forced to play the qualifying tie after losing the World Group first round 3-2 to France in March this year.

India has a poor head to head record against the seven-time champions. The hosts have lost all the four ties to Sweden, including two on grass at home. In fact, Vijay Amritraj's 8-6 9-7 win over Wilander in 1985 is the only positive result India has against Sweden.

It has been a fairytale comeback for Bopanna whose career, after the sensational performance in the 2003 World Group play-off against the Netherlands, was derailed by a major shoulder injury. Bopanna returned to the circuit in March this year after a four-month break during when he underwent an operation. Since then, the 25-year old from Coorg has clinched two USD 10,000 titles (in Kuwait and Sri Lanka) besides winning the first leg and reaching the finals of second and third leg in Satellite circuit in Delhi.

His ranking has risen from the above-600s to a career high 309 on the ATP Tour. On prefering Bopanna to Mankad, who has 16 Davis Cup matches under his belt, Khanna said the selectors and the captain felt the former's game was better suited to the surface.

Khanna said the Paes-Bhupathi combo still remained the best doubles pair for India. "We can't think of replacing Leander and Mahesh for the next three years," he said. "They are also very keen to play the 2008 Olympic Games," he added.

With two more key tennis events -- ITF Satellite men's circuit in Delhi and USD 170,000 WTA Tour event in Kolkata -- falling in the same week beginning Sep 19, it could be exciting times for the Indian fans.

Khanna said Bhupathi, whose Globosport own the women's tourney, would not be distracted by additional commitments.

"Leander would head straight back to India after the US Open while Mahesh would be at the venue from Tuesday. Four days of practice should be sufficient for Mahesh," he said. More people unaware of the shoulder issues. Unless there's another Joachim Johansson we don't know about!?

09-11-2005, 07:41 PM
Any news for this tie ? Who will play ?

Kom Igen Sverige !!!

09-13-2005, 07:45 PM
The Swedish team for the match against India has been announced today ;)

The team will be Thomas, Jonas, Simon :) and Vinci (Vinci will play instead of Robin who is injured)

Kom igen Sverige :bounce:

09-13-2005, 09:42 PM
what happened to Robin? :sad: i think the doubles match is going to be interesting !!! India is famous of the doubles players ;) Sweden as well.

09-14-2005, 05:20 AM
:D Handsome team. I look forward to the photos :lol:

09-14-2005, 05:49 AM
Good luck to Sweden :bounce:
Jonas & Simon in doubles again :)

09-14-2005, 08:35 AM
Johansson to lead Swedish campaign in World Group play-off
2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson will spearhead the Swedish campaign against India in the Davis Cup World Group play-off to be held here from September 23 to 25.

The injury-hit seven-time champions will, however, be dependent on versatile Jonas Bjorkman to carry their flag (nice! -K) in a tie the winner of which will progress to the World Group of the men's tennis elite team competition next year.

In the absence of Joachim Johansson, world ranked 35 and no relation to Thomas, Sweden have called up seasoned Andreas Vinciguerra who last played a Cup tie in 2003 and is currently ranked 433 on the ATP Tour.

Simon Aspelin is expected to pair with Bjorkman with legendary Mats Wilander donning the role of non-playing captain.

Thirty-three-year-old Bjorkman has eight Grand Slam doubles titles under his belt and is a rare player accomplished in singles as well, with a semifinal appearance at the US Open being his best performance.

Bjorkman is no stranger to the Indian fans, having won the doubles title in the inaugural Gold Flake Open in New Delhi in 1996. Sweden, who have a 4-0 head-to-head record over India, have made a special request for a last minute inclusion of Robert Lindstedt as a reserve player.

Lindstedt, 28, has an ATP Tour ranking of 73 in doubles.
Sweden lost to France 2-3 in the first round of the World Group this year.

The teams: Sweden: Thomas Johansson, Jonas Bjorkman, Andreas Vinciguerra and Simon Aspelin.

Non-playing captain: Mats Wilander; Reserve: Robert Lindstedt.

India: Leander Paes (playing captain), Mahesh Bhupathi, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna. Reserve: Harsh Mankad.
From outlookindia again :)

09-14-2005, 02:54 PM
Thanks for the news :) Good to see Vinci again in the team ! Yes, the double match will be interesting. Good luck to the vikings !!!

09-18-2005, 02:45 AM
http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/DC_3715_playerprofile.JPG http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/DC_3716_playerprofile.JPG http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerprofile/DC_3726_playerprofile.JPG http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/playerthumbnail/DC_961_playerthumbnail.JPG
Tsk. There's no larger pic for Vinci on the site :(

Is it just me, or do they look half asleep? :lol:

09-18-2005, 04:49 AM
haha, same pics as last year, i believe. Simon looks gorgeous though, as usual.

09-18-2005, 06:34 AM
Here we go... one of my favourite Vinci DC pics :D :yeah:

09-18-2005, 08:48 AM
From indianexpress.com. Enjoy the errors.

His team, Wilander feels, "is fairly experienced." Preparation-wise there hasn't been much really, considering the kind of weather in Sweden this time of the year. But, "it sure is not like the clay court team of last time," Wilander adds.

With 2005 Wimbledon semi-finalist Thomas Johansson and Johnas Bjorkman, the World No. 1 doubles player, in their ranks, Wilander reveals that "it's a pity not to have Joachim Johannson, who recently underwent a shoulder surgery and is out for six months."

Bjorkman and Johansson reach New Delhi from China. This, says Wilander, was "a good familiarisation outing for the guys," considering the adjustments needed to be made when playing in Asia. The soft-spoken Swede says the match of the tournament will be the doubles. "Paes and Bhupathi are a wonder pair, and with Bjorkman quite easily gelling with Simon Aspilen or Johannson a great match is on cards."

Having won the Wimbledon men's doubles, Wilander still has heart in that aspect of tennis. "It's crucial, and not many can master it in Davis Cup it sure keeps the match live going into the third day."

Paes, Bhupathi favourites in doubles: Bjorkman
NEW DELHI: Swedish Grand Slam champion Jonas Bjorkman today said India's electric colbination of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi would be the favourite to win the crucial doubles tie when the two teams clash in the Davis Cup World Group playoff next week. Bjorkman, who has been the backbone of the Swedish Davis Cup team for nearly a decade, said it would be an interesting match up since both the set
of players were aware of each other's game.

``We know our games well after playing against and togather, so it is not going to be any surprises for any of us going into that (doubles) match. They (Paes and Bhupathi) would be the big favourite to win,'' the 33-year-old said.

09-20-2005, 04:14 AM
I posted this in the Vinci thread also...

The heat and humidity Monday forced members of the Swedish Davis Cup tennis team to skip the evening practice, ahead of the world group playoff tie here Friday.
"Andreas (Vinciguerra) is suffering from dehydration and has consequently come down with cramps. The humidity here is much more than what we are used to," said Sweden's Davis Cup non-playing captain Mats Wilander.

"We will have to drink lots of fluids and my aim will be to keep the players in shape," said the former world No. 1.

Wilander was, however, happy that the team was finally able to get some practice under its belt on grass courts - the surface on which the tie will be played - Monday morning.

Owing to rains that lashed Delhi, the team was only able to practise on hard courts so far, until they practised at the National Sports Club of India Monday morning.

The Indian team, on the other hand, had two sessions of practice.

09-20-2005, 08:47 AM
Heja Sverige :bounce: :bounce: Not so much action here yet, I hope
it will change when the next weekend has arrived ;)

I figured out yesterday that Swedish TV will show the tie :banana: , but it means getting
up early, the matches start 6.30 / 8.30 European time!

09-21-2005, 04:11 AM
"Pressure is on us" : JohanssonSweden's number one singles player Thomas Johansson today said India had the players to cause an upset and the pressure was on the visitors in the Davis Cup World Group play-off this week.

"We don't know much about their (India's) singles guys. If they have a good day they could beat us. Of course we are the favourites, so the pressure is on us," world 15th ranked Johansson said.

The 30-year old from Linkoping was coming into the tie with his confidence boosted by a semifinal appearance at the ATP Tour event in Beijing where he beat former world number one Carlos Moya.

India has proved lucky for Johansson as he played in the USD 400,000 Tata Open in Chennai in 2002 and went on to win the Australian Open Grand Slam the following week.

"I like to play in India, love your food and people are very friendly," said Johansson.

The 5' 11" tall player missed most of the 2004 season due to injury but his comeback has been brilliant.

Johansson did not forget to remind the media of his success on grass this season when he reached the Wimbledon semifinals, which should be more relevant since the upcoming tie from Sep 23 to 25 would be played on the lawns of R K Khanna stadium.

But he acknowledged the Indian surface was a different proposition.

"The grass here is very different from the one at Queen's or Wimbledon. But I have had good success on grass, I hope to keep my level here," he said.

The weather conditions would also prove difficult, Johansson said. "It is definitely tough because we are not used to these conditions. It is not just the heat but the humidity that makes the conditions here more difficult. See what happened to (Andreas) Vinciguerra," he said.

Vinciguerra succumbed to the intense humidity during the morning practice sessions and was taken to hospital yesterday. He was expected to return from hospital this evening but was ruled out of training tomorrow.

"It is scary," captain Mats Wilander said of the weather. "When someone of your team is taken in an ambulance, it is scary. One more person down, and we would be down to three." "We have never played in this kind of heat and humidity. We see this only probably in the US, but there it is hard courts and on grass here it is less compared to there. But certainly the conditions here are tough," he added.

Wilander said Vinciguerra was in good health but doubt over his availability would mean that Johansson will have the additional responsibility of doubles.

That should be good news for India since Johansson has a 0-3 win-loss record in doubles in Cup competition.

"My role here is different. Lot of players are injured, I will have to play the singles on Friday and Sunday. But we compete as a team, we don't focus on individuals," Johansson said.

"We take every Davis Cup match seriously, it doesn't matter whom you play.

09-21-2005, 12:59 PM

09-21-2005, 07:47 PM
oooh!! :hearts: i like!!! :drool: thanks for posting!

09-21-2005, 08:21 PM
Thanks Francine :)

I really hope they will win this tie :yeah: The Swedes have so big problems with the heat and humidity, it will be very tough for them...

09-22-2005, 10:13 AM
I´ll keep my fingers crossed that Sweden will win this tie and that they´ll be able to deal with the heat and humidity. Heja Sverige!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:yeah:
I wish I would have a Swedish Channel to watch it...

Aleksa's Laydee
09-22-2005, 04:24 PM
:drool: at that photo :hearts:

and :inlove: with simons lil photo ^^^^^^ :yeah:

Prakash Amritraj (IND) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes (IND) v Simon Aspelin/Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)
Prakash Amritraj (IND) v Thomas Johansson (SWE)
Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)

09-22-2005, 06:42 PM
Good luck to the guys :yeah:

09-22-2005, 07:47 PM
Kom igen Sverige :yeah:

I am a bit sceptical about the weather conditions in India, our guys have so many problems with it... :(

A very cute pic I found is attached :) Jonas :inlove:

09-23-2005, 02:36 AM
good luck Swedes. Hopefully the weather won't affect them to much. :hug:

BTW, where's Robin?

09-23-2005, 05:54 AM
good luck Swedes. Hopefully the weather won't affect them to much. :hug:

BTW, where's Robin?

Robin can´t play cos he is injured, but I don´t exactly what he has...

09-23-2005, 07:14 AM
Jonas leads 6:4, 6:4 against Amitraj :bounce: :bounce:

Kom igen :yeah:

09-23-2005, 07:47 AM
1:0 Sverige :bigclap:

Jonas won 6:4, 6:4, 6:4 :bounce:

09-23-2005, 10:23 AM
Where is everyone??? It is Davis Cup and anyone is here :sad:

In any case, Thomas won the 1st set 7:6 and the score it is 6:6 in the 2nd :)
Right now there is a rain delay...

Kom igen Thomas :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
09-23-2005, 10:48 AM
I didnt know what time play started in india :o but JONAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :banana: :lol:


MY FAVOURITE :hearts: http://tinypic.com/dxl2dz.jpg

Another fab one :D http://tinypic.com/dxl2er.jpg

09-23-2005, 11:15 AM
Kom igen! Still raining?

09-23-2005, 11:39 AM
I guess so. The score board stops at the second set tiebreak. Tojo leads 5-0 :yeah:

Robin can´t play cos he is injured, but I don´t exactly what he has...

Poor guy, he's always injured, isn't he?

Aleksa's Laydee
09-23-2005, 12:34 PM
Play resumes tomorrow

09-23-2005, 07:08 PM
Thomas´s match will continue tomorrow morning at 7:30 German time, after his match the doubles...

Kom igen Sverige :yeah:

09-24-2005, 02:01 AM
Simon streching :drool:

09-24-2005, 02:27 AM
kom igen! I've been at work the last couple of days (weird hours) and haven't gotten on til now (12.30pm sydney time, saturday). When I went to dc.org, I let out a loud "wooooo!" :D kom igen boys!

09-24-2005, 03:21 AM
Someone looks evil

09-24-2005, 03:54 AM

Aleksa's Laydee
09-24-2005, 09:29 AM


09-24-2005, 11:46 AM
Someone looks evil

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Aleksa's Laydee
09-24-2005, 12:21 PM
Rain stopped play...Play resumes on Sunday :eek: 3 and half matches on Sunday...YIKES

09-24-2005, 01:51 PM
:hug: for the poor Swedish guys...

They said it is supposed to rain until tuesday, this would be so terrible :sad:
I though hope they can somehow play tomorrow and that it will be 3:0 after the doubles, so they can skip the last singles...

09-24-2005, 03:32 PM
3 and half matches one day?? I dont think that's a good news for Swedes.

09-24-2005, 04:41 PM
That´s really bad :awww: I hope so much that the rain will stop tomorrow and that they can get through with that heavy schedule. Gooooo Sverige!!!!

Aleksa's Laydee
09-25-2005, 09:13 AM
Its still raining today...what on earth will they do now?

Aleksa's Laydee
09-25-2005, 11:04 AM
GSM THOMAS!!! 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4)

:woohoo: Finally :haha:

Aleksa's Laydee
09-25-2005, 11:05 AM

Look what i found

09-25-2005, 11:10 AM
Good, now if they can just win the doubles today all will be good :)

Nice pics :inlove:

09-25-2005, 11:22 AM
Thomas :bounce: :bigclap:

They will start the doubles in about 5 minutes, but they can only play until 2.30 German time, because at that time it gets dark in India..

Don´t know really what they will do???

Kom igen Sverige :yeah:

09-25-2005, 11:29 AM
Don´t know really what they will do???

I have exactly same question. :rolleyes:
It's great that Thomas won the match. :banana:

good luck in the doubles!:hug:

09-25-2005, 01:03 PM
The score in the doubles is 6:3, 1:3 for Simon and Jonas..
Also Simon played very well and I hope they can keep it up tomorrow, the match will
be continued tomorrow morning 06.30 German time, unless it won´t rain ;)

09-25-2005, 03:33 PM
:tape: Make it a 2 week DC...and ToJo, don't pull out of your tourney, but give Alex Popp a walkover... pleeeeease! :worship:

Aleksa's Laydee
09-25-2005, 04:55 PM
The doubles will continue on monday :haha:

09-26-2005, 06:42 AM
From Tennis-x.com
Play was rained out Saturday, and Sunday could be a problem with the accumulated water on the grasscourts or -- more rain. Davis Cup rules allow play to be stretched to Tuesday if need be.

09-26-2005, 07:35 AM
Sweden lost the doubles.

Aleksa's Laydee
09-26-2005, 07:46 AM
thats kinda shocking...tojos still in india arggg get to erm...viet something :angel:

09-26-2005, 08:00 AM
Tojo leads 6-4
kom Igen

09-26-2005, 08:03 AM
Na, wie war´s? Sag mal, kannst Du auf der DC Seite das Live Scoring gucken?? Ich hier im Büro leider nicht :( Möchte so unbedingt wissen, wie es zur Zeit steht, da das Match bereits um 9.15 angefangen hat... Wenn Du Zwischenstand weisst, dann poste ihn mal bitte :)
Lieben Dank :hug:

Sorry for writing in German, but it´s only about the current score of the DC match :)

09-26-2005, 08:04 AM
Da war ich wohl etwas langsam :)
Das macht mich doch sehr zuversichtlich :yeah:

09-26-2005, 08:10 AM
Vinci and Mats greet India's Prime Minister.

09-26-2005, 09:36 AM
Cute pic, thanks Kristen :)

:bounce: :bounce: Sweden will stay in the World group :yeah:
Thomas won 6:4, 6:3, 6:2 :bigclap: Hoping for a good draw for next year ;)

09-26-2005, 09:50 AM
well done Sweden :woohoo:

Aleksa's Laydee
09-26-2005, 11:24 AM
:woohoo: :D :D :D

Aleksa's Laydee
09-26-2005, 11:25 AM
:awww: :banana: KOM IGEN!!!

09-26-2005, 01:02 PM
take a look at this:lol:


Well done Thomas :yeah:

09-26-2005, 02:43 PM
:hug: They are such dorks, aren't they!! :D

Aleksa's Laydee
09-27-2005, 07:16 AM
Bless them ^^ :hearts:

foolish pleasure
09-29-2005, 04:08 PM

where can i get me one of those hats!?!

(seriously! :inlove: )

09-29-2005, 04:48 PM
the hats are available at the Australian Open. I bought one two years ago.

10-02-2005, 02:20 AM
The website for all of those hats::::

foolish pleasure
10-03-2005, 01:38 PM
The website for all of those hats::::

:yeah: I LOVE YOU!!!!!:yeah:

:worship: i grant you eternal reputation points! :worship:

(ps: bjorki--thanks too for your suggestion, sorry i didn't get as excited, and not to sound like an illbred ingrate or anything, it was just that...well...you see...australia is just a...wee...bit far...:wavey: ;) )