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Kristen 04-05-2004 12:26 PM

Denmark run the risk of being banned from next year's Davis Cup after pulling their team out of next weekend's match against Algeria.

The Europe-Africa Zone tie was due to be staged in Algiers from April 9-11, however security concerns have prompted the Danes to take extreme action.

Fearing that the match could be targeted by terrorists, the Dansk Tennis Forbund (Danish Tennis Federation) may now have to face the consequences of their decision.

The ITF could impose severe sanctions if they decide that the Danes have acted improperly.

According to ITF rules, the Danes will be unable to play in next year's tournament unless the governing body of world tennis decides that their withdrawal has come in exceptional circumstances.

Rule 16 of the Davis Cup states that: "If, after the draw has been made, any nation withdraws from the competition, that nation shall not be eligible to take part in the competition in the following year.

"In the case of a natural disaster or force majeure, the board of directors may resolve by a two-thirds majority that no penalty be imposed."

It is feasible that terrorists could see Denmark as a target, after their involvement in the past year's Gulf conflict.

They still have troops in Iraq, and those nations who have supported the incursion into the country have since found themselves targeted.

Spain, whose outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar backed the US mission, suffered atrocious losses in last month's morning rush-hour attacks on the Madrid train network.

As a result of Denmark's withdrawal, Algeria automatically advance to the second round of the Europe-Africa Zone competition, and they will play the winner of the Slovenia versus Poland tie which is also scheduled for April 9-11.

A mainly Muslim country, Algeria has emerged in the past 12 years as a breeding ground for terrorist organisations.

The ITF have reluctantly accepted Denmark's decision, saying that they have done so "with regret".

The organisation's Davis Cup Committee are due to meet in London on April 13, when the matter will be on the agenda.

Denmark may have to pay compensation to the Algerian Tennis Association, for loss of revenue, and the ITF also have the right to impose a fine.
Any other fans here? e.g. of Kristian Pless? Speaking of which... I wish he'd hurry up and get some points!

Kristen 04-20-2004 10:09 AM

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This week we have....

(4)Kenneth Carlsen (DEN) vs Alex Kim (USA) :wavey:

CooCooCachoo 04-22-2004 09:00 AM

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I think Denmark's choice to not play in Algeria was a wise one to make and it is sad that the country was punished for it.

Good luck in Bermuda, Kenneth! :)

- BUMP -

Kristen 06-28-2004 02:25 PM

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Ahh poor Kenneth! 3rd round (Wimbledon) against Popp (whom I adore) and he lost :confused: . Not a bad result though, really...

Kristen 07-22-2004 11:51 AM

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Two recent photos of Kristian. His current entry ranking is 581 :eek: so I guess things can only improve if he can maintain some form! :wavey:

Neely 07-22-2004 09:17 PM

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yeah, his ranking really dropped like a stone :rolleyes:
I still remember when he was in the Top 100!

BTW, good pictures :D

Kristen 08-20-2004 12:25 PM

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Kristian got to the second round of Washington, where he fell to Agassi 4-6, 2-6. Not a bad score I guess :)

Kristen 09-02-2004 01:24 PM

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Kristian df Guga 64 36 61 76
He plays Karol Beck next.

Some pics...

Kristen 09-14-2004 12:23 PM

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Some other photos of Kristian Pless from the Olympics :)

Danish Dynamite 05-23-2005 06:35 PM

Come on Kenneth!
Come on Kenneth. That Coria Boy is a joke - keep up the spirit and do the miracle....

We all remember 1993.....

SuperFurryAnimal 07-22-2005 12:25 PM

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How's Kristian doing nowadays?

Kristen 08-14-2005 07:12 AM

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Kristian made it to the semi final of Gramado (Challenger) this week.
(1)Flavio Saretta (BRA) d. (5)Kristian Pless (DEN) 7-6(6) 6-3

JMG 09-25-2005 05:53 PM

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I just want to say that Frederik Nielsen rocks! He's the real Danish star. Should be a good player on fast surfaces I think. I saw a few minutes of one of his match this year and he's definitely a smart player and very relaxed on court + he helped Kiiski to reach a challenger doubles semifinal. :worship:

binkygirl 10-30-2005 01:27 AM

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Wasn't Kristian injured for a while?

Anyway, I think it is harder for someone who accomplished alot as a junior to make it on the tour because of the weight of expectations on their shoulders.

Kristen 01-09-2006 08:50 AM

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First round quallies, vs Spadea,,,, before he retired with his leg injury :sad:

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