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Old 03-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #136
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I am surprised that the French haven't been trying out some doubs combinations in tournaments this year for practice. The Spanish players play doubs together all the time.
Yeah I remember making that point before on the Gilles forum. They used to do that with Llodra/Clément but he wasn't picked this time so what can they do. I think Forget should encourage Richard and one of the other three boys to play a bit more together to try and get a solid doubles team. I think Rich should be the basis for the team 'cause he's the more accomplished of the four at doubles
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:58 PM   #137
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If Gillou can stomp the Beast, I would highly favor Jo over Berdman in a deciding rubber.
Moi aussi. I have confidence that Jo would beat most in a DC tie, anf if it werre in France , no question, Jo feeds off the crowd.

I'm a bit worried about Simon/Steps but I think simon can do it if he doesn't let Steps get under his skin.

Please explain the DC rules. Do they have to go by ranking? which means Richie would NOT be able to replace Simon cuz Richie is ranked below Simon and the #1 French of the line up for that day has to play Steps and Richie is #2 to simon (and well everyone esl on the team but llodra)?
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Thanks for that. It'll be interesting to see what Forget does with the reverse singles. I'm betting he'll just keep Simon though. I'd like to see Richard play singles but I'd hate to see the reaction if he lost. It would be too much pressure for him, especially against that worm Stepanek.

No way Richard will be playing on Sunday (unless it is dead rubber).
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:00 PM   #139
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How soon before do they have for substitutions. I think if Gilles is totally not feeling it, Richie will be playing. Thats why he is there, singles reserve if it was doubs alone then I think Forget wouldn't have picked him. In theory carpet is a good surface for Rich. Hopefully Gilles is feeling the court better though.
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What's happened, I've only just got in, did they win?
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That's an interesting question actually Schu because Jo can't go in as French No 1 tomorrow 'cause he's already played Stepanek. It does go by ranking though yeah. On day 1 the No 1 plays the no 2 (so Berdych as Czech no 2 played Simon as French No 1 for e.g.) and then on day 2 the top ranked players of both countries play each other so because Jo has already played Stepanek Simon can't be replaced by Richard because the only one who could play as no 1 would be Jo but as he's already played they can't replace Simon ... I think anyway
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They have up to an hour before the tie starts tomorrow to change the team Tori but Schu raised a good point. Gillou can't be substituted because Jo can't go as No 1 against Stepanek
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No Vicky they lost in 4 sets
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How soon before do they have for substitutions. I think if Gilles is totally not feeling it, Richie will be playing. Thats why he is there, singles reserve if it was doubs alone then I think Forget wouldn't have picked him. In theory carpet is a good surface for Rich. Hopefully Gilles is feeling the court better though.
Don't they have up to one hour before?

If if I understand the rules correctly richie could only replace Tsonga??? Adn well THAT's not ever gonna happen.

I'm bummed they lost the doubles first cuz it makes things much harder for France and second cuz I don't think this match was the confidence builder I hoped it would be for Richie - he;s the scapegoat yet again in Dc if they end up loosing...
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Oh, I've just been having a quick read through the pages Eimear, blimey DC is a minefield, all the possible combinations and rules! This is the first time I've really followed it. So if France win another match tomorrow, then there will have to be a deciding "rubber" is it? Why is it called a rubber? I'm full of questions today. I really thought they'd win. I did wonder though if Richie and Mika would gel after what Marion said about them clashing over DC last year when Richie's Dad got involved. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors?
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Until 10 or 15 years ago the two single players HAD to play on sunday unless there was an injury. Now the captain can change. If Forget wants to do Richie-Steps he can (he won't).
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A Captain may change the nomination of the singles players for the third and fourth singles matches on the following conditions:
Notice of such change to the third singles match is given to the
Referee at least one hour before the scheduled start of play of the third
singles match.
Notice of change with respect to the fourth singles match is given no
later than 10 minutes after completion of the third singles match. If,
between the change of nomination deadline and start of play in the
third or fourth singles match, one of the players, in the opinion of the
Referee, is ill or injured, the Referee may sanction the substitution of
that player by another player nominated for the Tie.

Any substitute nominated under section (ii) above for the third or
fourth singles match must be selected from among the players
nominated for the Tie and who has not competed in the first or second
singles matches.


from the DC rules. So yeah they can. I don't think they will though
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I don't know why they're called rubbers Vicky to be honest but all I know is a DC match consists of 5 matches (4 singles and one doubles) and a team has to win 3 out of 5 rubbers to win the tie. At the moment the Czech Republic are 2-1 up so if Gilles were to win tomorrow in the first match the tie would be 2-2 so it would come down to whoever won the fifth rubber ... I hope that helps clear that up for you anyway
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Don't they have up to one hour before?

If if I understand the rules correctly richie could only replace Tsonga??? Adn well THAT's not ever gonna happen.

I'm bummed they lost the doubles first cuz it makes things much harder for France and second cuz I don't think this match was the confidence builder I hoped it would be for Richie - he;s the scapegoat yet again in Dc if they end up loosing...
I'm not sure. Because I remember Richard saying that if they needed him for the 5th live rubber last year against the US, he'd play. But it would him against #2 Blake, but technically, according to rankings, he was the #1 Frenchman but that would not be reverse singles (#1 vs #1, #2 vs #2). But it would be allowed because in the tie, Mathieu was made the #1 Frenchman (he played James on day one).
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Default Re: Davis Cup 2009- ALLEZ LES BLEUS!

Thanks for that Tori. I still don't think he will either even though it now appears he technically can
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