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Old 04-15-2006, 06:07 AM   #46
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They shouldn't have lost that doubles rubber.

Anyway, it's tough when their team is not complete. The team should have been Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard, but it seems that some of the guys are more focused on their careers instead of Davis Cup.
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The team should have been Moodie, De Voest, Coetzee and Haggard, but it seems that some of the guys are more focused on their careers instead of Davis Cup.
You're absolutely right. I am not sure why Rik didn't take the opportunity, I know Wes & Jeff always jump at the chance and do as much as they can to prepare and play well - even if that means heading to the venue a week early to practice. Chris has been having a good year, and perhaps Laffies didn't want to include two doubles specialists, in the instance of one of the singles players getting injured and suchlike; but yes, Jeff & Chris really should've played the doubles together.
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You're absolutely right. I am not sure why Rik didn't take the opportunity, I know Wes & Jeff always jump at the chance and do as much as they can to prepare and play well - even if that means heading to the venue a week early to practice. Chris has been having a good year, and perhaps Laffies didn't want to include two doubles specialists, in the instance of one of the singles players getting injured and suchlike; but yes, Jeff & Chris really should've played the doubles together.
Rik has been playing challengers in the U.S. for a few consecutive weeks, maybe he thought the team didn't need him and it would be too much of a work to travel to Georgia and then come back to the States. And the problem about using Moodie in the doubles rubber is that there's a high possibility of him getting worn out for the reverse singles, although it's true that he doesn't mind long matches. Anyway, Haggard is probably retiring soon and the only option in the future will be Moodie/Coetzee.

Having said that, it's a pity that South Africa lost the tie and they have a team to be in the Group I battling for the WG Playoffs, not in the Group II.
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Turns out Chikhladze played unbelieveable tennis, served bigger than Top 10ers.

Rik didn't play for personal reasons, and the doubles was closer than it seemed. Wes got foot-faulted twice in a point to let Georgia break. That was the only service game lost. Jeff felt very hard done by, I chatted today in Wimbledon to him.
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Wayne Ferreira made his debut at the senior competitions. Unfortunately he lost his first match against Sergi Bruguera at the Palisades Championships in Charlotte. The score was 4-6, 6-3, 10-1. Wayne plays his second match today (Friday) against Aaron Krickstein. Good luck Wayne!!!

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Yippee! Wayne won his second match at Charlotte.

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Unfortunately Wayne lost his third and last match in Charlotte. But it was so nice to see his name on score sheets again. I hope he plays more these senior tourneys in the future.

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Wayne has also been included in the Stanford Championships event. It's so great that Wayne gets to play these senior events. I so wish I could go there and see him play live.

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Wayne won his first match in Memphis!!!

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And Wayne won also his second match!!! He's on a groove in Memphis!

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Wayne continues playing also after the round robin stage! He won his group when he yesterday beat Mats in straight set!

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Unfortunately Wayne lost the Memphis final to Magnus Larsson but what a great week for him in total.

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At the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions tournament in Eindhoven last week Wayne made it again to the final but lost that to Marcelo Rios. Wayne injured his back in the final but it didn't sound like it was anything serious. Just too many matches in a row after a long break from tennis.

Wayne Ferreira def. Paul Haarhuis 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 - Saved 2 M.P.
Wayne Ferreira def. Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-4
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Wayne Ferreira - What Happened Next?

He holds the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam tournaments played (56), he reached the Australian Open semifinals in 1992 and 2003, and a career-high ranking of No.6 in 1995. In 2004, he retired. What happened next for Wayne Ferreira?

Sporting a tee-shirt with the slogan ‘’Old Guys Rule – the older I get, the better I was’ - emblazoned on it, Ferreira won his debut match on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions by beating Paul Haarhuis 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 (Champions’ Tie-Break) at the Alex Tennis Classics in Eindhoven on Thursday. But, until this year, he had barely picked up a tennis racquet since calling it a day after the 2004 US Open.

“Retirement has been tough,” admits the 35-year-old Ferreira, who lives in California.

“I focused a lot on bringing up my two boys (aged 2 and a half, and 7), but it’s two years since I retired now and I’ve been a bit bored. You are so driven when you play tennis, and then when you retire, after you’ve taken your kids to school, and if you don’t really have anything to do, it’s tough - very, very hard. Tennis is one of those things that gives you such great self-fulfillment - you can’t get it anywhere else. Even in business I don’t think people get it. But I was glad that I gave up tennis because I didn’t want to have to practice three hours a day, travel every week and have that grind.”

The Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions has provided a happy medium.

“This tour is great – it’s given me an opportunity to get away from my family a little bit. Even though I love them, it’s nice to have a break – it’s nice to play tennis again and to have that fun of chasing after that yellow ball again, and it’s given me a reason to get back in shape. I didn’t do a lot of exercise for a long time after retiring. I don’t qualify for events because I wasn’t a Champion, but it’s nice when they give me wild cards like here in Eindhoven.”

When Ferreira, a former World junior No.1, burst on the scene by reaching the 1992 Australian Open semifinals, there were those that predicted he would be a senior World No.1 within five years. He seemed to have it all – the perfect physique, fabulous balance, talent oozing from every pore, and a forehand that could knock holes in a barn door.

He readily admits that he didn’t quite live up to those lofty expectations, and now knows the reason why.

“When I started out my goals were perhaps unrealistic - I wanted to win every tournament that I played. Maybe I should have played a little less and said, ‘I only want to win the Grand Slams and I only want to win the Masters Series’. I travelled a lot, played too much, and when I got to the Grand Slams I was often tired. I could have scheduled myself better.”

He highlights his five-set quarterfinal defeat against Todd Martin at Wimnbledon in 1994, and five-set loss in the last eight of the US Open in 19992 as ones that got away, but he is still proud of his achievements.

“I trained as hard as anyone could, if not harder than anyone else did, I was as dedicated as anyone could be, and I did exceptionally well. It’s never good enough, no-one can ever say they are completely happy, but I had a good career, it’s given me a good life, made me a lot of money, and I did a job that I wanted to do for 16 years. I had a lot of fun, made a lot of friends and achieved a lot.”

Ferreira is convinced that he could still comfortably infiltrate the top 100 of the regular tour rankings if he so desired, but the motivation simply isn’t there any more.

He is happier trading blows with old rivals on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, enjoying their company in a way he could rarely do during his professional career, and making the most of the experience he has gathered over the years.

“You realise when you get older what you should have done when you were younger,” says Ferreira.

“When you go to Japan they write on your visa: ‘Entertainer’, and that’s what we need to realise – we are entertainers, people are paying a lot of money to watch us and we should try to give them as much entertainment as we can so that they leave and want to come back. I always tried to be accessible, but I could have done more. On this Tour it’s champions playing against each other, but having fun, and you can see the people watching are enjoying it more. You get to interact with the other players, hang out with them afterwards in a way we didn’t in the past. And fans get a great day out by coming to the tennis.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.


KRAJICEK & RIOS STAY ON COLLISION COURSE

Marcelo Rios let his tennis do the talking in response to Richard Krajicek’s pre-tournament taunts by trouncing Pat Cash 6-3, 6-1 on day one of the Alex Tennis Classics in Eindhoven on Thursday.

The Chilean was in ominous form, sending a trio of forehand missiles past Cash on return, with the Australian rooted to the spot on the baseline.

Krajicek responded with a 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 (Champions’ Tie-Break) win over Michael Stich, but he will need to improve considerably if he is to live up to his bold claims that he will be the first man on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions to beat Rios when they play their final group match on Saturday.

In the day’s other match, two-time champion Goran Ivanisevic defeated Henri Leconte 6-2, 6-4.

Rios will face Stich on Friday, with Krajicek up against Cash, Leconte taking on Ferreira and Ivanisevic playin Haarhuis.

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FERREIRA: “I’VE BEATEN RIOS BEFORE, I CAN DO IT AGAIN”

Wayne Ferreira defeated two-time defending champion Goran Ivanisevic to reach the final of the Alex Tennis Classics, and then sent a warning to the unbeaten Marcelo Rios.

Ferreira won 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 (Champions’ Tie-break), and now meets the Chilean in the final of his debut event on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions.

“I beat Rios a bunch when we played each other on the regular tour,” said Ferreira.

“Obviously it’s going to take a lot of work, a lot of energy and a lot of running but I have been successful quite often against him, so you never know. I’m going to give it my best shot. I’m playing well.”

His overall record against Rios on the ATP circuit was 3-5, but four of Rios’s five victories came on clay.

So, what tactics does Ferreira intend to use to become the first man to beat Rios on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions in six tournaments?

“When I had success against him I used to slow-ball him to the backhand – give him lots of high, loopy balls to the backhand, and then wait for a forehand and give it a bit more and get him moving,” said Ferreira.

“It’s difficult to do that indoors, and whether I can hit winners for two sets, I don’t know. But I’ll give it a run.”

The third/fourth place play-off will see Ivanisevic take on Krajicek in a repeat of last year’s final.

The BlackRock Masters sees the top ten players in the South African Airways Champions Tour Rankings compete for a $100,000 winners' prize. The field at the Royal Albert Hall in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild card invitations. The final stop on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions before London will take place in Frankfurt, 16-19 November.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.

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Marcelo Rios improved his unblemished record on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions still further as his opponent struggled with a back injury in the final of the Alex Tennis Classics.

Rios won 6-3, 6-1 to take his sixth title of the year and extend his unbeaten run to 24 matches.

Ferreira kept in contention until 3-all in the first set, but then felt a stabbing pain in his back as he lunged for a ball. He won only one more game in the remainder of the match.

“I was doing well until 3-all and then my back went out on me,” said Ferreira.

“It’s tough when suddenly you stop thinking about the game and more about the injury. Four matches were a little tough for me – I haven’t really played for two years, but if I’m going to continue doing this, I now know what I need to do. I hope I get some more chances. I had a great week, enjoyed myself hugely and hopefully people enjoyed watching me play.”

Rios now needs to win the two remaining events on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions – the Champions Trophy in Frankfurt (November 16-19) and The BlackRock Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London (December 5-10), to complete a full set of titles and fulfil his ambition of going the whole year unbeaten.

“It’s not going to be easy,” admitted Rios.

“You can see these guys are training now, but that’s what I like. They are pushing me and that’s what I want. I might not be able to do it.”

Having experienced the Rios game first-hand, Ferreira knows how talented the Chilean still is, but still believes he can be beaten.

“I think Richard (Krajicek) had a great shot yesterday, I think Goran (Ivanisevic) has a chance. Rios is tough – physically and mentally, but it’s the kind of thing where it spurs everyone on to try to catch up to him.”

Players are scrambling for points to secure the remaining qualifying places at The BlackRock Masters in London. Rios, Cedric Pioline, Thomas Muster and Sergi Bruguera have already qualified. Krajicek and Ivanisevic’s performances should be sufficient to earn him them berths in London.

The BlackRock Masters sees the top ten players in the South African Airways Champions Tour Rankings compete for a $100,000 winners’ prize. The field at the Royal Albert Hall in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild card invitations. The final stop on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions before London will take place in Frankfurt, 16-19 November.

To be eligible to compete on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist or champion, or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active as an singles player on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.

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In Houston at the Stanford Cup Wayne won easily his first match against Pat Cash.

Wayne Ferreira def. Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4

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