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Old 01-29-2006, 08:13 AM   #31
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I liked Wayne a lot and I think the SA accent is dead sexy.
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An interesting article on the upcoming DC tie against Georgia

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Wesley Moodie returns to the South African Davis Cup team for their Euro/Africa Zone Group Two tie against Georgia from April 7 to 9.


Moodie opted not to play the tie against Morocco last year, which South Africa lost, but he will join Rik de Voest, Jeff Coetzee and new cap Izak van der Merwe in Tblisi, Georgia.

Van der Merwe has been at college in the US where he has produced some useful results. De Voest got into the main draw in Memphis last week when German Nicolas Kiefer was forced to withdraw and firstly scored a straight sets win over Swede Jonas Bjorkman, before losing a tight three-set match to new British star Andy Murray.

John-Laffnie de Jager, who will captain the team, said on Monday he was surprised by the decision of the Georgians to play the tie indoors on carpet. "Both Wesley and Rik are well suited to that surface. I thought they would have gone for clay but obviously we'll take it.

"It's great to have Wesley back in the team and in addition, Rik has been playing great tennis lately."

De Jager added that he had decided to give Van der Merwe a chance as he needed to assess the younger players. "We took Kevin Anderson to Morocco and I now know what he can do. Izak is a talented player and now it is time to see if he can step up to the next level."

Coetzee has been a regular in the team over the past few years and his doubles prowess has often helped the South Africans win the pivotal doubles rubber. He is likely to team up with Wimbledon champion Moodie in Tblisi.

In keeping with the South African Tennis Association's (Sata) policy of taking a junior along with the team, Eric Fisher from the Eastern Cape will be accompanying the team to Georgia.

Although currently ranked 151, Georgia's left-handed Irakli Labadze is a highly talented player who has been ranked as high as 42 in the world. He has scored wins over Andre Agassi, Gaston Gaudio, Carlos Moya, James Blake and Jarkko Nieminen. In 1998 he made the Junior Wimbledon final where he lost to current world number one Roger Federer.

Labadze also has a 12-1 win-loss Davis Cup record.

Irakli Ushangishvili is the most capped Davis Cup player while Lado Chikhladze and David Kvernadze have made up the balance of the team in the past.

Sata, who have battled to find a sponsor over the years, have managed to get support from South African Airways. "We are committed to sustain South African sport globally and to carry our sporting diplomats to the world," said SAA CEO Khaya Ngcqula.

SA team: Wesley Moodie (ranked 70 singles, 21 doubles) Rik de Voest (ranked 163 singles, 151 doubles), Jeff Coetzee (ranked 62 doubles), Izak van der Merwe (ranked 707 singles, 652 doubles).
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Hags & Wes are through to the Quarters of Miami, having just taken out Clement/Llodra in the 2nd round 46 63 10-5



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Official Team Nominations
South Africa:
Wesley Moodie
Kevin Anderson
Jeff Coetzee
Izak Van Der Merwe
Team Captain: John-Laffnie De Jager

Georgia:
Irakli Labadze
Giorgi Chantouria
Lado Chikhladze
George Krikhadze
Team Captain: Gela Elerdashvili

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Tennis4everyoneís Simon Rose caught up with Chris at the Stella Artois Championships in June 2004, at Londonís Queenís Club, to gain an insight into what makes him tick as a top doubles playerÖ

Simon:
Chris today weíre at the Queenís Club, the Stella Artois Championships. Youíve played with your partner Jeff Coetzee and had a tough match against Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley. It was 7-6 6-4, how did you feel the match went overall for you guys?


Chris:
Well theyíre a very good serving team, we had break points in the first game and that was the last time we actually had break points on their serves. They played very well, theyíre a good team. Theyíre probably top four in the world right now. Iíve played them once before on grass, at Wimbledon and actually beat them first round. So I thought that maybe we had a good chance. They served really well and one or two points, thatís what cost us the match.


Simon:
The marginís very tight isnít it?


Chris:
In doubles, one or two points can go either way and then you lose the match, especially against the good teams. Youíve got to take those opportunities when you have them.


Simon:
The matches come thick and fast, youíve got Wimbledon coming very very soon. Whatís your plan now before those championships begin?


Chris:
I think the key on grass is to get as many matches as you can, because itís such a short season. We played Surbiton last week, we won two matches there and we won two more here, which was very good and then weíre playing one more warm-up tournament in Nottingham. Hopefully, if we win a few matches there, weíre really in good form going into Wimbledon.


Simon:
Whatís your main target, whatís your real aim with these championships coming up?


Chris:
Wimbledon, you mean? Iíve made the quarter finals there before and Iíd like to go at least one better and make the semi finals. That would be a really good achievement for me. Iíve always loved playing there and itís probably my favourite Grand Slam of the four.


Simon:
How do you feel your gameís shaping up, this particular season?


Chris:
It started off really well. We had a couple of finals me and Jeff and then unfortunately in Davis Cup, Jeff sprained his ankle and he was out for most of the clay-court season, which was really tough for me, I didnít have a partner. We were a little low in confidence going into the French and unfortunately we lost first round there. But back on the grass, we like the faster courts and I think weíre gonna do well.


Simon:
And you were up against your old doubles playing partner (Koenig), werenít you, at the French?!


Chris:
Itís very tough to play against a friend. Weíre actually sharing the same coach and we all stayed in the same place. Itís not easy when you play friends, but youíve gotta put the friendship aside when you get on the court. It was a very intense match, no-one was really comfortable. We wanted to win but it was a weird feeling and I think me and Jeff learnt a lot from that. We didnít really take our chances from that match. Thatís what cost us.


Simon:
Of course youíre only back recently playing with Jeff arenít you, as he had a bit of a long spell out injured didnít he?


Chris:
He was very unlucky yeah. We made the semi finals of the Australian Open. We won the first tournament of the year and we were probably ranked one in the world at that stage and he was in a terrible car accident and he was out for most of last year. Which was very tough on him, but heís happy, heís back again, which is a miracle. The doctors just gave him a 50/50 chance that heíll play again, so thatís great. Thereís still a lot of the year left and I think we can still have a good year.


Simon:
So I guess youíre trying to get back to where you guys were before and see if you can even go past those standards?


Chris:
That would be nice. I think he might have lost a little bit of his speed that he had, but we can make up for that in other areas. Weíve beaten a lot of the top teams and we just need to do it all at once and try and win one of these big tournaments.


Simon:
Itís a tough tour isnít it. It lasts for practically all the year, 11 months or so of the year. It must be pretty gruelling on you guysÖ


Chris:
Itís very tough. Youíre playing 30 weeks a year. Youíve just got to stay healthy as much as possible. You know in 30 weeks youíre going to have those bad times, when youíre not winning matches, but youíve got to hang in there and you gotta persevere and thatís when things turn around. And then you just hope for the big tournaments thatíll come along, that youíre gonna win them.


Simon:
It must be kinda tough on your home life and your private life because youíre away from friends and family. How do you find that?


Chris:
Itís very hard, but Iíve been doing it for so long, itís just part of - you know - itís what Iím used to. But Iíll be enjoying it when itís over and I can get to spend time with my family and that. Tennis has been great to me, Iíve had a lot of great experiences, I get to see the world. The downside is you donít see your family as much and it gets lonely, but I think that thereís a lot of other jobs out there that are much tougher. So Iím happy with the choices Iíve made.


Simon:
Do you get to go back to South Africa much?


Chris:
The last few years Iíve been going back more than I used to. I probably go back three times a year. I probably spend about three months in South Africa.


Simon:
And of course going back to your roots there, what initially first inspired you to get into tennis? What first attracted you to the sport?


Chris:
Well definitely Wimbledon, that was the first tournament we got to watch on TV and I remember watching the famous match with McEnroe and Borg and just mesmerised and glued to the TV. And I just thought ďGee, Iíd love to be playing tennisĒ. And then when Kevin Curran lost to Boris Becker in the finals of Wimbledon, that was a big thing for me, because this was a South African guy and he was on the centre stage and I just thought ďJeez, Iíd love to play tennis, at a high levelĒ.


Simon:
Were those guys like McEnroe and Becker your initial idols? The guys who really ignited your interest in the game?


Chris:
Definitely. Definitely Becker, he was my hero for a long time. The great thing is I got to play him here in í96. I qualified and I won a round in singles and I played him in the second round here and I lost 7-5 6-3 but it was a great feeling for me and definitely the highlight of my singles career.


Simon:
So you enjoyed it anyway!?


Chris:
I loved every moment of it!


Simon:
So when you were playing as a youngster, what made you think ďOkay, I like this sport, Iím gonna take it on and become a professionalĒ?


Chris:
I loved tennis from the first moment I started, from the first moment I hit a ball. I thought it would be cool yíknow, to be able to play a sport for money. Iíve always loved sports, Iíve always been around it. I just chose tennis at that stage as it was an individual thing for me. I loved having all the pressure on myself and that and I was actually hooked from a young age and I just took it from here.


Simon:
Was it singles initially you were interested in? How did you make the transition to doubles?


Chris:
I always played both but seemed to do better in doubles, just because my game is more suited to doubles. Iím better at the nets. I donít have as much power as a lot of the singles players have. But because of the feeling I have at the net and the quickness, it really helped me in doubles.


Simon:
So how do you come to choose a partner? What do you look for in a doubles partner?


Chris:
Well itís never a guarantee. You want someone that compliments your game. Say maybe if you havenít got as big a serve, then you want someone thatís got a good serve. If you donít return as well, you want someone who returns well. And also it comes down to chemistry. Itís trial and error Ė you play with someone, if you guys combine well together, you feel good on the court together, well thatís one of the main ingredients.


Simon:
What would you say is a good tip for a club doubles player? Anybody who likes to play tennis and likes to play doubles, what would be some good tips for those guys?


Chris:
As far as attitude-wiseÖ?


Simon:
YeahÖattitudeÖplaying the game, things youíve found work for you?


Chris:
I think the most important thing in doubles is that you need to communicate with your partner. You need to pump each other up. Cos you know in doubles, one personís always going to play a little better than the other and youíve got to realise that. Youíve gotta keep getting your partner up there and motivated. As far as the basic skills that you do in doubles, you need to make a lot of first serves, you need to make a lot of returns and then after that youíve just got to be alert. Be ready for the volleys, for the reflex, or something thatís gonna change a match.


Simon:
People often talk about tennis and about the characters, the personalities in the game. Do you feel itís fair that people suggest that maybe tennis has not got quite the personalities in the game these days? Or do you find that it does?


Chris:
No thatís definitely true. We do have the personalities, I think the difference these days is you donít have the players mixing as much with the public as they used to. You know, I was just speaking here with someone at Queenís, the doctor, and he was saying after the match, like 15 years ago, youíd see players in the bar, having a drink and theyíd be surrounded by normal people and that. But times have changed and with security and that, I donít think thatís possible as much. I donít think we have the interaction with the public and the players and then they donít really get to know who you are.


Simon:
I guess the professionalism levels are pretty high these days. The pressures involved - thereís lots of sponsors, thereís management, thereís all these sorts of companies involved Ė how do you find that side of things?


Chris:
Thereís a lot more money in tennis and unfortunately it comes with the good and the bad. The bad side is that youíd have someone with a lot of people around them that feed off them, you know, because theyíre also making money from him. So each player would have his own agent, heíd have his entourage and, as a public person itís tough for you to get to meet that person, because heís always surrounded by all these people.


Simon:
Do you find in the game thereís quite a few guys with different personalities, some jokers, people who play tricks on each other, going around the different tournaments around the tour?


Chris:
I think to be honest the doubles players are more laid back than the singles players. Weíre not playing for as much money. A lot of the doubles players are older than the singles players, so they have a bit more charisma. Theyíre a little more playful. You do have the few guys around though that often make jokes. I mean a guy like Stepanek, that was playing today Ė he lost to Grosjean Ė heís very good at imitating people. So you could see him in the locker room and heíll say ďHiĒ to you and then heíll imitate your serve and heíll do it very well.


Simon:
Now of course another reason why weíre here today is David Sammel Ė tennis4everyone, the main man Ė youíve been previously coached by Dave. Whatís Dave like as a coach?


Chris:
Iíve got a lot to thank Dave for. He got me thinking the way a tennis player needs to think. Heís very good in the head. He knows what it takes to be a champion and he knows how you need to be to get there. Heís done a lot for me and Iíll always be appreciative of that. Heís very enthusiastic, heís very positive and I think he teaches the modern way of tennis. He knows what it takes these days to make it. I think hopefully we can team up one day and we could do something for younger kids together.


Simon:
Itís an interesting thing, you often find that playersí coaches tend to come and go, they do change fairly frequently Ė how important would you say a coach is to a tennis playerís game?


Chris:
I think itís very important. Thereís very few players that can make it without a good coach, or someone that gets them playing the right way, believing in themselves. Thatís half the battle, believing that your gameís good enough to beat anyone. I think itís a team effort with a coach. I mean, you look at a Roddick with a Gilbert Ė heís won a Grand Slam. Without him, he probably wouldnít have. So youíve got to give him credit for that. I think itís like in any sport. A coach has definitely got a role, in tennis itís big and if you can find the right coach it can make a huge difference to your game.


Simon:
You mentioned before about Davis Cup and of course Davidís been involved with Davis Cup players, the GB players. Youíve recently been playing in the Davis Cup, you must have been thrilled to get involved in that!


Chris:
Incredible experience! Something Iíll cherish for the rest of my life. Iíve played three matches Ė I won two and I lost one. Unfortunately the last one I lost was in South Africa and we had a great crowd and a great atmosphere and our whole family there and Jeff sprained his ankle in the third game of the match. The thing ballooned up and he shouldnít have carried on but he did and that was probably a mistake. But he was gutsy and he didnít want to walk off the court and we actually played alright. We lost but he was on one leg, he was quite admirable.


Simon:
As you mentioned before, the Australian Open was a great success and I hear that you guys had a big parade when you got back.


Chris:
Yeah we played brilliantly. We made the semi finals, we actually had break points to go 4-3 in the third set against Llodra and Santoro and we lost 7-5 - and they won it. That was our peak right there. Unfortunately straight after that was the accident. Weíve got a lot of good press back home, a lot of positive attitude with the people standing behind us. Hopefully weíre going to be picked for the Olympics. Thatís a goal of mine. Iíve never been in the Olympics. So that would be another highlight of my career, coming up soon.


Simon:
That would be a big big part of the season too wouldnít it!?


Chris:
Iím very excited about it. Iíve watched it on TV. The opening ceremony, Iíve wanted to be there with my country. Itís something you remember for the rest of your life.


Simon:
Itís interesting you mentioned that particular match when it suddenly went away from you. Itís an interesting thing with tennis. Certain sports are based on a time factor Ė if youíre winning 5-0 in a football match with a minute to go, youíre going to win the match Ė but with tennis, itís a case of having to achieve a quantity, a certain amount of sets. Itís quite an unusual sort of sport, where you can be that close to victory but it can still totally turn against you. It must be quite a strange circumstance to be involved in.


Chris:
Tennis is the only sport where youíve got to win the last point to win the match and thatís what itís about. No matter how far youíre up or youíre down, you always have that chance of coming back. Thatís what makes it an amazing sport because you can be down and out and you can still come back and win. I think the biggest thing is just taking your opportunities, when you have them. If you donít them they can really hurt you and you can lose a really close match.


Simon:
I guess thatís part of the Ďsoul of tennisí. Thatís something we like to look at on tennis4everyone. What would you say is the soul, the heartbeat of tennis, that keeps you motivated and keeps you really attached to the sport?


Chris:
I just think itís an amazing game skilfully. Just hitting a ball over the net and having the control of it. I think tennis is a bit of everything Ė itís got grace, itís got power, itís got speed. Itís a whole lot of physical attributes that you need to play tennis. Even if I stop playing tennis, even for me to go out on a Sunday and hit a ball for an hour would be nice, because itís a nice feeling of hitting a ball. And I think itís a very pure sport, a very fair sport and hopefully itís going to be around and popular for a long time.


Simon:
And the people in the sport have got a real strong love for it havenít they?


Chris:
They have. They just need to market it the right way. Thereís a lot of competition out there, thereís a lot of other sports and they need to bring the fans closer to the players and interact more with the players. I think youíve got a great sport and you can sell it in the right way and I think thereís a market for it and hopefully tennis is going to get stronger and stronger.


Simon:
Well okay Chris, thank you very much for your time. Good luck of course for the tournaments coming up and the rest of the season and maybe weíll see you in the Olympics as wellÖ


Chris:
Thank you. Nice talking to you, thanks.

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De Voest is playing the Tallahassee challenger this week. If he keeps up this pace I think there is a possibility of cracking the top 100 by the second semester.

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Draw against Georgia is now available:

R1 - I.LABADZE (GEO) v I.VAN DER MERWE (RSA)
R2 - L.CHIKHLADZE (GEO) v W.MOODIE (RSA)
R3 - L.CHIKHLADZE / I.LABADZE (GEO) v J.COETZEE / W.MOODIE (RSA)
R4 - I.LABADZE (GEO) v W.MOODIE (RSA)
R5 - L.CHIKHLADZE (GEO) v I.VAN DER MERWE (RSA)

Play begins at 8am GMT tomorrow Here is the link to results, I doubt there will be any live scoring:
http://www.daviscup.com/results/tier...?tie=100007779

Good fortune Team SA!!
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Frankly, I am a little surprised to see Van der Merwe playing instead of Stephen Mitchell, I guess they just really want him to get some experience. It's just than Steve is over 200 places above Izak. Good luck in your DC debut tomorrow, Izak!
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Currently 2-2 Everything to play for...

Labadze d Van Der Merwe 64 57 36 61 63
Moodie d Chikhladze 76(7) 67(2) 46 76(5) 63
Chikhladze/Labadze d Coetzee/Moodie 64 64 76(4)
Moodie d Labadze 75 46 46 63 1311
Chikhladze vs Van Der Merwe (for the match)

Firstly a great effort from Izak to take Labadze to 5 sets, then Chikhladze clearly showed his potential stretching Wes to five. Surprised big time that Jeff & Wes got beaten, especially in straights.. Great to see Wes keep SA in it, despite it going all the way(!).. Hope Izak can close it out
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South Africa lost overall, so they face Latvia in relegation play-offs in July.

A couple of related articles:
http://www.supertennis.co.za/defaul...tennis/daviscup

http://www.supertennis.co.za/defaul...tennis/daviscup

What a disappointing performance, they really ought to have done better.
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South Africa is up two places in the DC ranking to #40
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Latvia confirmed to have choice of ground, while SA is a seed for the G2 play-offs in July.
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