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Old 08-27-2010, 09:15 PM   #16
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Played Qualies at USO and lost
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:43 AM   #17
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Looks like it's true about Amer playing for the motherland for DC. He's listed on the DC website on the team roster for this weekend:

http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100014741
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How odd, he just played USO Qualifying for the USA? How is that possible?
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:23 AM   #19
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He didn't technically "play for USA", even though it was listed in his bio. Rules say if he has a valid passport and has not represented any other country for the past 3 years in Davis Cup, Olympics, or other ITF recognized team event, then he is good to go.
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How did he not technically play for the USA? He played a round of qualifying and USA was next to his name, so he played under the American flag. Seems there are different restrictions for team events, but it is odd to me to be able to represent one country as an individual in an ITF event and one country in a team ITF event
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:24 AM   #21
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How did he not technically play for the USA? He played a round of qualifying and USA was next to his name, so he played under the American flag. Seems there are different restrictions for team events, but it is odd to me to be able to represent one country as an individual in an ITF event and one country in a team ITF event
Not a team event, so technically not representing anyone but oneself. The country beside the name is merely the country listed in the bio. Doesn't have to be one's only country of citizenship - just the one the player chooses to list. (Olympics are a different animal, since you have to be nominated by your national federation - similar to Davis Cup - and technically even individual athletes are playing for country there. Anywhere else, player plays for himself.)

Pretty sure he has never represented a national team in recognized international competition.
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It's still strange to me. maybe it's because i'm patriotic and couldn't imagine playing under two different flags depending on the event but it's still odd to me
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It's still strange to me. maybe it's because i'm patriotic and couldn't imagine playing under two different flags depending on the event but it's still odd to me
It's perfectly normal for an immigrant to be patriotic about both his old and new countries. Especially in this case, since his old country is a far different place than the war-torn country he left as a 14-year-old boy. (Fleeing a war zone does not mean that you don't still love your country - it's just natural self-protection - or that you don't love the country that took you in during your time of need.)

In any event, looks like our buddy is scheduled to play both singles and doubles, with singles matches against Frederico Gil (#83) and Rui Machado (#124). Not easy matches, but let's hope for some good results to boost his confidence for a strong tour comeback!

A win for Bos-Herz (an uphill battle, for sure) would promote the team to Europe/Africa Group I, which would be awesome for national pride in a country still reconciling from an ugly civil war.
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Our guy lost 9-7 in the fifth. Wow, what a way to lose!

Must have been a great effort though.
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Hanging in there 5 sets on clay.
Better than the way the US open went.

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That was an awesome feat for Amer, to even be on a court that long and survive whether he won or lost.

There was something on his Facebook recently about making a big decision, this must have been what it was. I don't think he can switch back and forth, now that he has played Davis Cup for Bosnia, I believe that will be listed by the ATP as his represented country. It is entirely possible that he played Qualies for the USO and then made the decision to play DC. Since he had never played DC or anything else for the US, it seems the rules allowed him to switch that quickly.

So where does his player forum go now?
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It's still strange to me. maybe it's because i'm patriotic and couldn't imagine playing under two different flags depending on the event but it's still odd to me
Well of course it is, your life experience is completely different than Amer's, you've grown up in the same region of the same country and lived there for most of your life, right?

I am of dual heritage, and could have two passports if I wanted to deal with the hassle (other members of my family do). Not that I ever posessed any talent that required me to make such a decision, but I could see myself being an athlete for England or the US (or maybe even Ireland) if that choice was presented to me. I have very emotional attachments to both countries, have lived in both, have family in both. I think I'm still more suprised that Haas switched than I am that Amer switched.
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I wasn't saying he shouldn't switch, he can do whatever he wants. I wasn't juding him at all, just that it is odd to me for someone to represent two different countries depending on whether it's an individual event or a team event. If it's not strange to you, that's fine
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I wasn't saying he shouldn't switch, he can do whatever he wants. I wasn't juding him at all, just that it is odd to me for someone to represent two different countries depending on whether it's an individual event or a team event. If it's not strange to you, that's fine
I don't think that is what he is doing, I don't think the ATP or the ITF allows that. When you declare for a country, you have to stick with it, not switch back and forth from week to week (I'm far too lazy and apathetic to go looking in the rulebook). I think he switched after the USO.
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I don't think that is what he is doing, I don't think the ATP or the ITF allows that. When you declare for a country, you have to stick with it, not switch back and forth from week to week (I'm far too lazy and apathetic to go looking in the rulebook). I think he switched after the USO.
ah ok. that wasn't what a previous poster suggested, which is why I made my original posts.


Anyway, it sounds like it was quite a rough weekend for him but hopefully his knee held up ok.
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