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Old 02-28-2009, 12:28 PM   #1
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Group I Asia/Oceania 2009
2nd Round


Namihaya Dome, Kadoma, Osaka
Stadium Capacity: 2000
06 March - 08 March 2009
Day 1: 1200 hrs (0300 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1300 hrs (0400 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1100 hrs (0200 hrs GMT)
Surface: Carpet (Taraflex) - Indoors
Ball Type: Dunlop Fort

Official nominations
JAPAN
Kei Nishikori (#93, age 19)
Go Soeda (#106, age 24)
Satoshi Iwabuchi (#403, age 33)
Takao Suzuki (#500, age 32)
Team captain: Eiji Takeuchi

CHINA
Shao-Xuan ZENG (#583, age 27)
Ze ZHANG (#873, age 18)
Di WU (#1277, age 17)
Team captain: Ling LU

Davis Cup official site: http://www.daviscup.com/
Japan Tennis Association's Davis Cup site: http://daviscup.jp/2009/ao2r/index.shtml
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:38 PM   #2
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I don't know why the Chinese team has nominated only three players.
Ranking-wise, they look no match for Japan, but you can never underestimate anyone at Davis Cup! Two of the players are young, upcoming players, so their ranking may not reflect their true form.

Kei said at a press conference today that his arm is not yet 100%, and MR scan found that he had tendonitis on his arm. But he said it's definitely getting better and that he can play DC.

Good luck to Kei and all his team mates!
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GL Kei, GL Japan!!
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Old 03-01-2009, 06:42 AM   #5
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thx for correcting me bunny, hope Kei can take pleasure in playing in front of the home crowd in Davis cup for the first time.
i like his attitude tho, transforming pressure to pleasure
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Hi bunny^^

Any live stream during DC??
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Found two photos taken at the DC press conference.


Here's Kei with Zeng Shao-Xuan.

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Tie details

Friday:
R1 - G.SOEDA (JPN) v. S.ZENG (CHN)
R2 - K.NISHIKORI (JPN) v. Z.ZHANG (CHN)

Saturday:
R3 - S.IWABUCHI / T.SUZUKI (JPN) v. S.ZENG / Z.ZHANG (CHN)

Sunday:
R4 - K.NISHIKORI (JPN) v. S.ZENG (CHN)
R5 - G.SOEDA (JPN) v. Z.ZHANG (CHN)
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:06 PM   #10
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hcfoo, thanx for the photos!

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Hi bunny^^

Any live stream during DC??
gare, sorry for this late reply.
I doubt there will be any live stream. The tie will be televised by Gaora in Japan, but I'm not a subscriber so I can't watch it on TV either (I'll be at work anyway.)

I think the livescore will be available at the JTA site.
http://scoreboard.jta-tennis.or.jp/daviscup09ao2r/
http://score4.tennisonline.jp/score5/action/
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All the 2,000 tickets have long been sold out for the three days. According to the Japanese media, guards will be hired for the tie for the first time in Japan's Davis Cup history, because most of the spectators are coming to see Kei and there maybe some trouble.

I suspect many of the spectators who will be there don't even know how the DC works, like that Kei doesn't play doubles or that if Japan wins three rubbers by Saturday, Kei, the No.1 player of the country, won't play on Sunday under normal circumstances. I think he will play even the dead rubber this time just for the sake of the crowd and he probably wants to play in front of the home fans. Playing two five setters against a lesser opponent shouldn't be a problem for him physically, too. But I hope in the future there will be mutual understanding between the fans and the organisers that Kei may not play a dead rubber.

I say this because I've learned from some coverage of Kei's press conference that the reason he had MR scans on his arm was that the pain actually got worse about two weeks ago and at one point he thought about withdrawing from the tie. Fortunately, it got better so he decided to play, but I'm a bit worried about this whole situation that this injury, which turned out to be tendonitis, doesn't seem to go away, and I know that for tendonitis resting is the best way to deal with it.
I'm a bit surprised that he hadn't had an MR scan earlier and a little disappointed in his physical training staff.

OK, I'm starting to sound grumpy!
I wish all the best for the team Japan and I hope Kei will enjoy the experience!
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I suspect many of the spectators who will be there don't even know how the DC works, like that Kei doesn't play doubles or that if Japan wins three rubbers by Saturday, Kei, the No.1 player of the country, won't play on Sunday under normal circumstances. I think he will play even the dead rubber this time just for the sake of the crowd and he probably wants to play in front of the home fans. Playing two five setters against a lesser opponent shouldn't be a problem for him physically, too. But I hope in the future there will be mutual understanding between the fans and the organisers that Kei may not play a dead rubber.

I say this because I've learned from some coverage of Kei's press conference that the reason he had MR scans on his arm was that the pain actually got worse about two weeks ago and at one point he thought about withdrawing from the tie. Fortunately, it got better so he decided to play, but I'm a bit worried about this whole situation that this injury, which turned out to be tendonitis, doesn't seem to go away, and I know that for tendonitis resting is the best way to deal with it.
I'm a bit surprised that he hadn't had an MR scan earlier and a little disappointed in his physical training staff.
Thanks for the report bunny!
That does sound worrying. I hope Kei came to the decision under sound advice and didn't 'force' himself to play because he didn't want to let the team and fans down. Much as I love the Davis Cup, it still comes second after players' health.
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Kei is awesome<3
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Soeda won. 6-2 7-6(4) 6-3

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Kei won too! 6-4 7-5 6-2.
Couldn't see the match. Maybe he had a bit slow start but looks like he finished emphatically!

Good luck to Takao and Iwabuchi tomorrow!
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