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Old 09-28-2005, 12:34 PM   #1
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Croatia captain Niki Pilic wants former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic in his squad for the Davis Cup final.
Pilic originally suggested the 34-year-old play off against Sasa Tuksar for the fourth place in the team to face Slovakia in December.

But he explained: "Perhaps it was a bit careless and taken out of context. Obviously the position is Ivanisevic's if he wants it."

Ivanisevic retired in 2003 but has been playing on the senior tour.

"He is the golden boy of Croatian sport and Croatian tennis and there is no ambiguity about his nomination," said Pilic.

Ivanisevic was on the sidelines as assistant coach as Croatia reached the final for the first time in their history with victory over Russia.

Even if he is included in Croatia's playing squad, Ivanisevic has a slim chance of actually playing.

Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic have played both singles and doubles for Croatia throughout this year, with Ivo Karlovic first reserve.

Meanwhile, hosts Slovakia remain hopeful that they can stage the final at their National Tennis Centre in Bratislava.

The venue seats just 4,000, the minimum allowed under Davis Cup regulations.

By contrast, Spain won last year's title in front of 27,000 spectators, the largest-ever crowd to attend an official tennis competition.

The International Tennis Federation will inspect the stadium but it remains possible the final could be moved to an ice hockey venue, with an 8,000 capacity.

"It's possible that we will have to play someplace else," said Slovak number one Dominik Hrbaty.

"But we'd like to play in the NTC, we know it well there and we feel good there."
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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I'd LOVE to see him play again, great idea
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To be fair, they should play off. A retired player cant just come in and take someones spot without having to prove that he is still useful
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To be fair, they should play off. A retired player cant just come in and take someones spot without having to prove that he is still useful
I agree, I don't think it's fair at all.
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To be fair, they should play off. A retired player cant just come in and take someones spot without having to prove that he is still useful
You are absolutely right. This is not only unfair to Tuksar but to the other 3 members of the team who will now have their accomplishments overshadowed by the "return of the king". If he comes in for a playoff match and actually earns the spot, that would be different. But just gifting him with it is totally, totally wrong!
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open doors into the croatian davis cup team all of a sudden. i assume the croatian president is going to be one of the reserves.
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You are absolutely right. This is not only unfair to Tuksar but to the other 3 members of the team who will now have their accomplishments overshadowed by the "return of the king". If he comes in for a playoff match and actually earns the spot, that would be different. But just gifting him with it is totally, totally wrong!
Guys, Goran is almost considered a god out there, I tell you !
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last i heard you can bid for the last place on the team on ebay
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last i heard you can bid for the last place on the team on ebay
how do you think Ferrero got his place in Spain DC team ?
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you are all talking about things that you know nothing about
way off base
talking about unfair, justice, and so on
none of the people involved feels those things, but you all do
ridiculous
croatia davis cup team is united, and will show that in bratislava when they lift that trophy together
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croatia davis cup team is united, and will show that in bratislava when they lift that trophy together
how can they lift the trophy together when karlovic is part of the team?
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how can they lift the trophy together when karlovic is part of the team?
BTW doesn't Karlovic count as 2 players ?
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how can they lift the trophy together when karlovic is part of the team?
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BTW doesn't Karlovic count as 2 players ?
personally i count him as 1/7th of a player. a serve, no forehand, backhand, volley, drop shot, lob or smash.
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