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AntennA 02-13-2004 08:21 PM

Belgian Davis Cup Team
from the Herald Online of Zimbabwe ;)

Venue for Zimbabwe, Belgium tennis tie still to be decided
By Tendai Ndemera

THE second round of the Davis Cup Euro-African Zone Group One tennis tie between Zimbabwe and Belgium will be played in the European country during the weekend of April 9-11.

A spokesperson for the Belgian Tennis Federation, Sophie Lenbogge, said yesterday the organisers of the second round tie had still to decide on the venue of the match. Speaking on the line from Brussels, Lenbogge said it is hoped that the venue for the tie will be announced either next week or the week after as the organisers are still working on certain modalities that need to be taken care of before the hosting of the event.

"But the tie will certainly be held during the weekend of April 9 to 11 although noone at the moment has any idea of which city will host the tie since the responsible people are still holding meetings to decide on the venue. "We should be in a position to know where exactly the tie will be staged either next week or during the week after because at the moment the responsible people are still working on the groundwork for staging the tie here," said Lenbogge.

Lenbogge said she was also not in a position to release the names of the players who might make the team at this stage because the tennis authorities there were still working on the issue. This will be the second time in two years that the two Davis Cup tennis-playing nations engage each other in a tennis tie. Their first meeting was in Harare in 2002 when the Belgians won 4-1 at the City Sports Centre after dismembering the Black brothers, Byron and Wayne, in the opening day’s singles matches on September 20 before winning the first match of the reverse singles on the third day of play. The Zimbabweans managed to win the doubles match when Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett teamed-up to dismiss the Belgian pair of Tom Vanhoudt and Giles Elseneer 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

However, things fell apart on the final day when the then dependable number one player in the country Byron Black was dismissed in the first of the reverse singles. Byron went down in straight sets to Belgium’s then number one player Xavier Malisse 3-6, 6-7 (7-3), 4-6 before Genius Chidzikwe went down 1-6, 4-6 to Belgium’s then number four player Gilles Elseneer in the dead rubber. Should Zimbabwe beat Belgium in April they will progress to the World Group Qualifying Round scheduled for September.

BelgianGirl 02-13-2004 09:26 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Thanks! :D

It's so nice they'll play in Belgium. It's been a while since I last went to a Daviscup match... :bounce:

BelgianGirl 02-19-2004 02:54 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Bob Verbeeck will organise the event and it will probably be held in Doornik.

AntennA 03-04-2004 10:01 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Davis Cup team faces uphill battle
4 march 2004
By Collin Matiza

THE Zimbabwe Davis Cup tennis team faces an uphill battle in their Euro-African Zone Group One second round tie against Belgium when it was announced yesterday that they will take on the Europeans on their slow red clay court next month.

Tennis Zimbabwe president, Paul Chingoka, told The Herald yesterday that the Belgians have chosen an indoor red clay surface for the tie, which will be played during the weekend of April 9-11 at the Hall Des Sports Avenue De Gaulle 2 in the Belgian city of 7 500 Tournai which is 107km from Brussels.

"They (the Belgians) have obviously gone to a lot of thought about it and they obviously think it is their best surface to beat us on. The red clay surface is, unfortunately, not the favourite surface for our players who will find it to their disadvantage because it is slow. Our players are used to the fast all-weather courts. But I am convinced that we will give them a big surprise," said Chingoka.
Zimbabwean players have always found it difficult to play on red clay surfaces during their Davis Cup ties away from home, especially in Europe, and Chingoka said next month*s tie against Belgium will be no different.

So what will be the key?
"Steadiness is an important factor as will be fitness because of having to play longer points.
"You can*t just charge in. You must be patient and wait for the right opportunity to attack. This means playing out longer points," said Chingoka.

Zimbabwe booked a second-round date with Belgium after beating Greece 3-2 in the opening round at the City Sports Centre here in Harare last month.
But the locals, who will once again be led by seasoned campaigners, Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, are likely to find the Belgians a different kettle of fish altogether.
The Belgians already have a psychological advantage over Zimbabwe after having beaten them 4-1 in their last meeting in a World Group Qualifying Round tie in September 2002 at the City Sports Centre.

Their trump cards will obviously be the tried and tested trio of Xavier Malisse and the Rochus brothers Olivier and Christophe.
But the man who poses the single greatest threat to the African team*s chances of advancing any further in this year*s competition is Belgian number one Malisse who together with Olivier Rochus engineered Zimbabwe*s defeat the last time out.
According to the latest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles Entry Rankings for 2004, Malisse is currently ranked 58th in the world with 615 points and lies three places ahead of Olivier Rochus (588 points) while Christophe Rochus is at number 113 (357 points).

In contrast, Zimbabwe*s number one player Wayne Black is currently ranked 353 in the world with 85 points while his Davis Cup teammates Genius Chidzikwe and Gwinyai Tongoona are placed 394 and 805 with 71 and 13 points respectively.
Ullyett is not ranked in the ATP Entry Rankings as he only plays doubles on the road.
Although members of the Zimbabwe Davis Cup team are not ranked as highly as their Belgian opponents in the world singles rankings, Chingoka was still optimistic of his team*s chances in next month*s battle.

"Basically I think if any of our players can overcome Malisse our chances are good," said Chingoka.
If Zimbabwe manage to beat Belgium they will qualify for the World Group Qualifying Round which will be played in September while a defeat will see them remaining in the Euro-African Zone Group One for 2005.

Harare Herald, Zimbabwe

jumi 03-05-2004 06:22 AM

Re: Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team

Originally Posted by AntennA
"Basically I think if any of our players can overcome Malisse our chances are good," said Chingoka.

:rolleyes: dreamer :p

misyou25 03-05-2004 07:08 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
when will the davis cup team play again?

BelgianGirl 03-05-2004 08:56 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
9-11 April in Doornik against Zimbabwe

misyou25 03-06-2004 10:04 AM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
thanks. They will hopefully win, otherwise... :-)

BelgianGirl 03-08-2004 12:06 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Is anyone going to the Daviscup in Doornik?

I just ordered my tickets for friday. :D
I can't wait to see our boys play again. Last time I saw them was against Morocco and that was in 2001 I think... Way too long ago! :p

zoeziepoezie 03-08-2004 03:37 PM

Yeah! I think that I also go on friday!!!
I haven't ordered my tickets yet because I want to ask it to my friends first!!
But I can't also wait! I never seen our belgian boys but I think it must be great!

fleemke² 03-08-2004 07:57 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Doornik :rolleyes: Why can't Bob V. just organize tennismatches in the Brussels or so :mad: No! In Bree, a stupid place without a railwaystation! And now the Davis Cup is Doornik :eek:

pffffff :sad:

zoeziepoezie 03-08-2004 08:41 PM

...but it's better than Zimbabwe ;)

BelgianGirl 03-08-2004 09:27 PM

Re: Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team

Originally Posted by fleemke2
Doornik :rolleyes: Why can't Bob V. just organize tennismatches in the Brussels or so :mad: No! In Bree, a stupid place without a railwaystation! And now the Davis Cup is Doornik :eek:

pffffff :sad:

I said that too. They should organize something more central sometimes.

I wish Leuven would build a big indoor court, so we could have our own ATP-tournament in Leuven!! :angel: You would find me there every day I think! :p

fleemke² 03-09-2004 03:29 PM

Re: Belgian Davis Cup Team
Well I live in Hasselt during the week and even more closer to Bree in the weekends and I DON'T LIKE those things happening in Bree :mad:

But yeah Leuven would be ok :) or Brussels :)

@zoeziepoezie: ok you got a point here :p

koolnorman 03-09-2004 07:16 PM

Will Dick Norman be in the Davis cup team. He is now number 3 in Belgium?

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