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Old 03-15-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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I thought I'd start a new thread focused entirely on cheering on Australia back into the world group. They have just chosen Brisbane as the venue for our upcoming tie against Japan and its going to be played on clay! Should be interesting to see how our boys go on the dirt, obviously Luczak will feel right at home but Tomic, Ball, Gooch and co may struggle. I think Lleyton may be fit in time for the tie so the most logical team at this stage would be Hewitt and Luczak in the singles and Ball and Hanley/Gooch for the doubles.

I can't see Japan hurting us to badly especially if Rusty is fit and ready. Nishikori's elbow is still bothering him and if he somehow manages to play he will have no matchplay. Soeda is solid but I don't how he would fare on clay? May give Pete a tough match. Ito is their top ranked player at 201 but he has had a pretty poor start to the year and only just got the job done against the Phillipines, winning his last match in 5 sets. Suzuki is there darkhorse, he can still turn it on when he gets going.

Summing this up, we should progress here rather comfortably either 4-1 or 5-0 i'll predict.
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Yeah the team will be Hewitt, Luczak, Ball and Guccione/Hanley.

Nishikori does have a win over Looch on clay but it wasn't on the red clay (im assuming that is what they are using) and Looch was struggling at the time with that injury he had. Soeda's last match and only match in the last four years on clay was a 60 61 loss to Lorenzi. Ito just got bundled out in the first round of a futures tournament. Suzuki's from is hard to read. Sugita might be another one who gets a go. Won a challenger last week and won 2 clay futures last year. He lost in straights in a clay challenger to Ignatik this week.

I can't see Japan beating the Aussies. I think it will be extremely difficult for Nishikori to be able to beat Hewitt and Luczak on the clay in best of five set matches after just coming back from injury. And Australia won't be getting beat in the doubles and I don't think Japan's number 2 will pose a threat to Hewitt and Luczak on the clay.
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Woodforde's thoughts about the Davis Cup:

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Davis Cup champion Mark Woodforde believes Peter Luczak could fill Lleyton Hewitt's big boots and guide Australia past Japan in next month's qualifying tie in Brisbane.

Hewitt's place as Australia's No.1 singles player for the May 7-9 tie is under a cloud after he pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters this week following his return from hip surgery in Houston.

But former doubles specialist Woodforde doesn't think Australia's hopes would sink with the loss of Hewitt.

He said the left-field decision to convert Pat Rafter Arena into a clay court would ensure world No.76 Luczak was a spearhead.

"The guys would love to have Lleyton there to set them along ... but clay is not his best surface and Peter Luczak does his best work throughout the year on the clay courts," Woodforde said in Brisbane.

"And historically the Japanese are more at home on faster indoor courts and we've gone on a surface that has some favouritism to us.

"Lucz is probably quite an under-rated player full stop.

"Obviously in the past years we've had Rafter, Philippoussis, Hewitt and the Woodies and you associate No.1 in the world with those names.

"Where Lucz is about 70 in the rankings and he's no slouch, Lucz is a quality player and a serious player on the clay courts."

Luczak combined with Carsten Ball, Bernard Tomic and doubles specialist Paul Hanley to sweep aside Chinese-Taipei in the first round of their Asia-Oceania group qualifiers in March.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald has until April 25 to decide on his line-up for the second round, and will also run his eye over Chris Guccione, who comes back from an ankle injury in the United States next week.

Woodforde has followed in the footsteps of his former doubles partner Todd Woodbridge, the senior Davis Cup coach, by becoming Australia's Junior Davis Cup coach this year.

He will take Luke Saville, Jake Schipanski and Jay Andrijic to the qualifying tournament in Malaysia next week with a view for them to defend the nation's title in the finals in Mexico in September.
It's looking increasingly likely that Rusty won't be playing next month so what does everyone think about what are team should be and our chances. Obviously Looch is a gimme so who partners him in the singles, expecting Hewitt's withdrawal.

Tomic - Hasn't impressed on his clay matches this year falling to Lorenzi, Aldi and Becker winning only one set along the way. Still has the Rome challenger next week to impress and can lift when playing in a high atmosphere match.

Ball - Like Tomic, not the favourite surface and hasn't being active for a couple of weeks, don't know if he's injured or not. Has had his typical inconsistent season, don't know if he should get a singles spot but he will definatly play the doubles

Gooch - Unless he wins a lot of matches over the next few weeks he won't play. Lost to possible opponent Soeda 2-6 2-6 this week.

Lindahl - Has been in great form this year and qualified for numerous ATP events, and is in the QF this week in Louisiana. Qualified for Houston which is played on clay before going down to Malisse who ended up beating Isner. Could be a bolter, although hasn't proved himself in a best of 5 format except for defeating Tomic in the wildcard playoff in December.

Jones - Played really well on the challenger circuit the last 12 months and has done well to get his ranking inside the top 200. Still it's the same as Lindahl in not having experienced the 5 set format. Might have to bide his time a little longer.

If I had to choose now I'd say it would be between Tomic and Lindahl. I know Tomic has not played well on clay but I have no doubt he'll lift playing Davis Cup in his own country and I think the selectors will select him if Rusty pulls out. Lindahl should be the next in line though ahead of Ball, Gooch and Jones. Apparently Matosevic has sprained his ankle pretty badly so thats why I didn't include him in discussions.
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I would have Luczak and Ball playing the doubles if Ball is in form as although he never plays on clay he has won a straight sets Davis Cup rubber against Capdeville in Chile and he did reach the semis of a G1 Junior Tournament on it. Not a lot but it shows you he can survive on it. If Ball is injured or in poor form the second spot could be anyone but if they give it to Tomic with the results he has had on clay it would be idiotic but expected.
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Australia’s male tennis elite are locked into an international selection battle for next month’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie against Japan in Brisbane.

Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Carsten Ball and Nick Lindahl all enjoyed victories overnight, while Peter Luczak lost to a quality opponent and Chris Guccione, Dayne Kelly and Greg Jones will play tonight.

Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge indicated that he and captain John Fitzgerald would be giving their players as much time as they can to prove their form and fitness.

“We will leave it to as late as we can to ensure we select the best team possible for the conditions and the opponent,” Woodbridge explained.

“But I have to say there are some encouraging signs from several guys and the good news for Australian tennis is that we have some very healthy competition for places.”

The team is expected to be announced early next week.

Hewitt is leading the charge in his comeback from hip surgery with the Australian number one enjoying a three set first round win on clay at the Barcelona Open, accounting for Marsel Ilhan from Turkey 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Davis Cup teammate Peter Luczak was a victim of the international air travel shutdown. He endured a 30-hour car trip to get to Barcelona before losing his first round match to talented Latvian Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4) 6-3.

Still on clay and in Europe, Gold Coast teenager Bernard Tomic made the most of his wildcard into an ITF Futures event in Italy, winning his first round against German Holger Fischer 1-6 6-2 6-4.

Carsten Ball played his first match back from illness in a Challenger event on hard court in Florida, defeating highly-fancied American Donald Young 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Nick Lindahl also won his first round at the same event against American Kevin Kim 6-3 3-6 7-6(4).

Jones, Guccione and Kelly will play their first round matches in Florida tonight.

Australia hosts Japan in their Asia/Oceania group one second round Davis Cup by BNP Paribas tie 7-9 May on a specially built clay court at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane.

The winner advances to the World Group Playoffs in September.

Play starts at 3pm on Friday 7 May with the gates open from 1.45pm. Play starts 1pm Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening at noon.
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Australian No.1 Lleyton Hewitt has been confirmed in the Davis Cup team to play Japan in its Asia–Oceania second-round tie in Brisbane next month.

Fitzgerald and Australian Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge are still deliberating on the remainder of the team, which has to be named by Tuesday.
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Gooch/Ball lost their first round match in Tallahassee. Seems as though Hewitt, Luczak and Ball are certainties with that last doubles spot the only one raising questions. Should they go with Gooch, Hanley or someone else?
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Japanese Team is Soeda, T.Ito, Sugita and Suzuki
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Japan's hottest tennis prospect, Kei Nishikori, will skip the Davis Cup tie against Australia in Brisbane next month as he has not fully recovered from injury, the national tennis association said Monday.

The 20 year old, who returned to competition in February after an 11-month lay-off, is instead preparing to take part in the French Open around two weeks later.

The Japan Tennis Association, in announcing the squad against Australia, said it had passed over Nishikori as "his recovery is not complete".

Nishikori said on his website last week he would compete in the French Open after two claycourt events in the United States in the coming weeks.

The player, after reaching his personal best 56th spot in the world rankings in February last year, suffered a stress fracture a month later. He underwent surgery in August and resumed training in late October.

The Japan squad against Australia includes Go Soeda, Yuichi Sugita, Tatsuma Ito and Takao Suzuki, whose world rankings are 184th, 200th, 256th and 315th respectively.

Japan beat the Philippines 5-0 in the first round.

Australia's team will be announced on Tuesday with former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt expected to be included.

Australia last met Japan in 1996, winning 4-1 and lead Japan 14-2 in the Davis Cup, having won their past six encounters.

The winners of the May 7–9 Davis Cup Asia–Oceania second-round tie in Brisbane, to be played on a purpose-built clay court, will advance to the World Group promotion/relegation play-offs in September.
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Lleyton Hewitt, Peter Luczak, Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley have been named in Australia's #DavisCup team to take on Japan

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I think that's a good team they have selected there.
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I think that's a good team they have selected there.
I agree. Can't really fault it. Good selection.
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Good team but I would still love to know why the hell we are playing this tie enxt week instead of July?
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Most of the zonal ties are scheduled at the same time so China are also playing Kazakhstan next week. The thing I find strange (and this is what you might be eluding to) is why are Australia and Kazakhstan scheduled to play in a week with ATP tournaments but yet when the the week in July swings around where the ATP has a week off for Davis Cup, AUS and Kazakhstan don't play a tie but the lesser Asian nations (Philippines, Korea, Taiwan and Uzbekistan) have their ties scheduled in this week. Wouldn't it make more sense to play the better teams who have more ATP players in the week with no ATP tournaments and the lesser teams who lost to AUS, KAZ, CHN and JAP on this week where the only players that will be affected by missing a week on the ATP are Lu and Istomin but not even they are regulars on the tour.

Maybe there is a reason but I can't see it.
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Good team, can't see us losing here especially with Nishikori out.
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