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Old 02-04-2004, 02:53 AM   #46
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You know, for the next DC tie, you guys should try to get credentials for RO.
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hahahaha in Australia? hmmmmmmmmmmmm I'll go
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One more day to go! I'm so excited! You guys, I still need to make a sign! Help!!!

February 4, 2004

U.S. Upbeat for Its Series With Austria
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NCASVILLE, Conn., Feb. 3 (AP) — The United States Davis Cup team has every reason to be encouraged this weekend against Austria. Since 1900, the Americans are 27-0 in first-round matches that start at home.

Andy Roddick, the United States Open champion, will anchor Captain Patrick McEnroe's squad, which will also have the top doubles team of the twins Mike and Bob Bryan.

Roddick, who reached the Australian quarterfinals, and Robby Ginepri were picked Tuesday to play singles, with Mardy Fish as the backup.

Ginepri earned a chance to play Davis Cup singles for the first time by reaching the fourth round at Melbourne, his best showing at a Grand Slam tournament. "It's always been one of my dreams," Ginepri said.

At 25, the Bryans are the team's oldest members. "In doubles, you usually don't play for big crowds," Mike Bryan said. "You usually never play on TV. So for us, playing doubles in the Davis Cup is as big as it gets."

The United States has won a record 31 Davis Cup titles, but none since 1995.

"We're going to be very tough to beat, no matter who we play," McEnroe said. "At home, we're certainly a big favorite, but we still know what we have to do. To win the whole thing, you've got to be able to win on the road at times."

The winner will advance to the quarterfinals in April against the winner of Sweden-Australia. The Australians are the defending champions.

Last year, the Americans were knocked out in the first round at Croatia and needed to beat Slovakia in September to avoid relegation to the second tier. The Austrians are looking for their first Davis Cup title.

Roddick, ranked third in the world, welcomed the switch from tournament play to the Davis Cup, which opens Friday.

"This is a couple weeks a year where we're not playing individuals," he said. "We're all good friends, and it's cool just to be together and work together toward a common goal."

Most of the American and Austrian players had just returned from the Australian Open. Their first order of business was getting used to the time difference.

The Austrian players are Stefan Koubek, Jurgen Melzer, Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya. They are all younger than 30.

Koubek, ranked No. 94, has won three singles titles on the ATP Tour and was a quarterfinalist at the 2002 Australian Open. Melzer, who made the third round of the Australian Open, is ranked 76th, and Peya is 143th. Knowle is ranked 38th in doubles.

"These are tough guys," McEnroe said. "Guys like this always play a lot better when they play for their country. We certainly know that these guys are capable of having big matches."

The rest of the first-round schedule has Russia at Belarus, Argentina at Morocco, Switzerland at Romania, Croatia at France, Canada at the Netherlands and Spain at the Czech Republic.
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hahahaha in Australia? hmmmmmmmmmmmm I'll go

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awww I'd love to go to Australia. it's near the top of my "have to do before I die" list!

Tangy... you're the funniest person here, if you can't think of a sign no one else will be able to LOL!!!!!!
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It's still a great opportunity to get credentials for ties HELD WITHIN THE UNITED STATES
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hahaha maybe If Australia happens to lose to Sweden (which I know would break your heart star), it'll be here.

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By JAMES WALKER
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MOHEGAN -- Coming from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean to Franklin Street in Norwich, members of the media descended on the Mohegan Sun Arena Tuesday as preparations got under way for the 2004 Davis Cup.

The United States will play Austria beginning this Friday in the first Davis Cup match in Connecticut since 1987 when it was held at the Hartford Civic Center. From the Washington Post to ESPN, all eyes will be on 21-year-old Andy Roddick, the former number one player in the world and the best American player at the cup.

"There's nothing quite like playing for your country," Roddick said.

The United States Tennis Association has issued more than 175 media credentials to members of the press for the three-day event.

Randy Walker, senior communications manager for the USTA, said an average of 6,000 tennis fans are expected.

"This could be the largest first-round crowd to watch a game," he said. "The Davis Cup is very popular globally and doesn't come around that much."

Michael Fiure, producer of the Super Bowl pre-game show, is producing the entertainment.

The event is expected to bring an estimated $2.5 in revenue during the time it's in town. Most of that money will go to hotels and restaurants, said Jeff Ryan, director of USA team events for the USTA.

"It's quite a few rooms. There are people staying at the Mystic Marriott and Best Western near Mohegan," he said. "It's about 150-175 rooms with people."

While the players were on the newly constructed court practicing their backhands and serves, the media was put through rigorous security proceedings. Personnel checked reporters identification, pictures were snapped and new media credentials were issued before local media was allowed into a restricted area where a line of Mohegan Sun employees waited.

Wearing bright yellow shirts and black pants, the employees created a human yellow brick road that led to a press room where reporters unloaded cameras and video equipment onto chairs and tables that were set up with telephones and media kits.

Outside the room in the arena dock area, a crew of carpenters were busy building expanded media sections where the press will spend the weekend eating and writing.

"We're making the best use of the limited space we have," said Frank Pavlich, event production supervisor.

Roddick, wearing the brim of his cap pulled low, led the American team into the news conference where they answered questions between sips of Dasani bottled water and joked with one another.

"We're all good friends," he said. "It's something we all looked forward to."

Patrick McEnroe said his team of Roddick, Robby Ginepri, Bob and Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish has a great chance to win it this year. But he also cautioned not to underestimate the Austrians.

"Guys like this play tougher when they play for their country," he said.
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U.S. feels it'll be an easy weekend
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MOHEGAN -- The United States Davis Cup team shouldn't get much in the way of a challenge from Austria in its World Group first-round match this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena and Tuesday's press conferences did little to change that notion.

The U.S. team, led by World No. 3 Andy Roddick, was loose and relaxed, joking around on the podium, while the Austrian team was literally and figuratively burning under the glare of the spotlight.

Austrian captain Gunter Bresnik first asked to have the lights turned off or at least down and later he characterized his team as one that had no more chance of emerging victorious this weekend than a snowball in a really hot place.

"The Americans are highly-favored and for good reason," Bresnik said simply.

Both teams practiced for the first time on the hardcourt surface at the Mohegan Sun Tuesday and met briefly with a cozy gathering of mostly local media. The media throng is expected to balloon to as much as 200 -- the largest assemblage ever for a first-round match -- by the time Friday's singles matches begin.

The pairings for those matches will be determined in a draw Thursday at noon.

The only certainty at this point is that Roddick and Robby Ginepri will play singles for the Americans and twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan will play doubles. Bresnik wouldn't tip his hand in regards to which of the four Austrians he brought with him -- Stefan Koubek, Jurgen Melzer, Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya -- would be playing singles and which would be playing doubles.

It was just another example of the conservative approach of the Austrians that ran in direct contrast to the loosey-goosey demeanor of the Americans, who looked and acted like five teenaged brothers.

Captain Patrick McEnroe sat in the middle, flanked by the Bryan brothers to his left and Roddick, Ginepri and Mardy Fish to his right.

Fish isn't going to be playing this weekend and he seemed to be content in his role as court jester, making several mostly inaudible comments from his position away from the microphone that, at least to Ginepri and Roddick, apparently passed the humor bar.

Ginepri, the one Davis Cup rookie in the group, found himself in the crosshairs more than the rest. And most of the ribbing had to do with his penchant for felt tables.

"I think Robby's going to lose all of his money this week," Roddick said.

Ginepri didn't have any trouble finding the casino in Australia -- it was lobbing distance from the tennis complex at the recently completed Australian Open -- and this week he won't even have to leave the tennis complex to find the casino. The tennis complex is in the casino.

"Australia was a rough trip because the casino was right there, then I found out we were playing here and ..." Here Ginepri was interrupted by Roddick, who finished the thought:

"Robby's the first guy to get to the fourth round (of the Australian Open) and leave with less money than he came with."

Then it was on to the true home court advantage the Americans are enjoying this weekend.

"Well, last year in Slovakia, you look at the room service menu and it's like, 'vlockhoomfugh'," Roddick said. "So when you come here and you see 'bacon and cheese omelet' you're fired up because you actually know what you're getting."

It was like Tuesday afternoon at the improv starring the U.S. Davis Cup team, something that McEnroe embraced.

"These guys, they really do have a lot of fun together and that makes it enjoyable," McEnroe said. "It doesn't make it feel like, 'Oh we've gotta go to Davis Cup.' These guys are pumped up and I think that's a big factor."

And of course there will also be 6,500 or so fans behind them and a hardcourt surface that favors their players, none of whom looked excessively tired or jet-lagged after a week in which they had been in or traveled through just about every time zone around the globe, from Australia to the western United States to eastern Connecticut.

The same could not necessarily be said of the Austrians, who had just enough time at home to get adjusted to the local time (after leaving Australia) only to have to re-adjust once again to the eastern time zone.

The team arrived in the United States last Thursday, however, a full week ahead of the matches and Bresnik was confident that his players would be fine by Friday.
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CAN I BE ANY MORE EXCITED!?? WHOOOOOOO!!!
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Hmm... now you know I'm not one to complain, but you see that comment from Roddick about the Slovakian menu? That's the sort of thing that will earn him some criticism on MTF, rightly or wrongly.
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yes, we know that every time he cracks a joke it is subject to criticism and scrutiny by those who don't understand the humor. Can't do anything about it and I would hate it if Andy stopped just to please a few people on a messageboard
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I don't think Andy gives a rat's ass what the stick-in-the-mud types in MTF think. I thought his comment was funny, as do most people who don't get hyper-sensitive over such trivial things.
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WHOOOOO!! I BOOKED MY HOTEL ROOMS, GOT MY TIX, PRINTED OUT MY RODDICK MONTHLY MAG COVER . . . I'M ALL SET FOR DAVIS CUP!!!!!! YEEHAAAA!

BTW, here's my sign that I'm pretty sure ESPN won't be showing on TV: "Roddick: Serving Your Ass Since 1999"
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04 February, 2004 by Debra

Former roommates have reunited as current teammates on the U.S. Davis Cup squad.

By Richard Pagliaro
02/05/2004

Former roommates have reunited as current teammates on the U.S. Davis Cup squad. Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri and the Bryan brothers, twins Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, grew up playing tennis together and have grown into an accomplished group that launches the United States' quest for its 32nd Davis Cup championship when it hosts Austria at this weekend's opening-round tie at the Mohegan Sun.

Team chemistry is hardly a topic of conversation among players who share a history that dates back to the days when Roddick's laser-like serve looked more like a loopy lob. Transplanted Floridians Roddick and Fish share the practice court together this week and shared a room together for a nearly a year when they were high school students living in Roddick's house in Boca Raton. Reigning U.S. Open champion Roddick has known both the Bryans and Ginepri back in the day when bicycles were their primary means of transportation.

"Actually, I go a pretty fair ways back with all of them," Roddick said at Tuesday's press conference conducted at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. "I know the Bryan brothers. They played just a couple of years younger than my brother when they were playing junior tennis. I've known them probably since I was eight years old. And I used to go watch them when they picked Austin Texas to play and then their dad was nice enough to hit with me sometimes. Robby and I were on the same childhood teams same kinda junior national team when we were eleven years old. Mardy was living at my house for a year. It's pretty cool to have a history with everybody here and be able to come together and work towards something."

As the youngest player on the team, the 21-year-old Ginepri will make his Davis Cup debut, but he's already experienced the pointed pressure of Davis Cup play — as a ball boy. His selection to the squad is more than a significant step in his career, it's the realization of a dream.

"It's a very good feeling for me, it's always been one of my dreams," Ginepri said. "I ball-boyed through it when I was a little kid so you know growing up and being on the team is an amazing experience for me I'm looking forward to it."

U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe has selected Roddick and Ginepri as the singles starters with the Bryans ready to reprise their successful doubles debut. The twins fulfilled a long-time family goal with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(5) triumph over Karol Beck and Dominik Hrbaty in United States' 3-2 victory over the host Slovak Republic last September. The shared success of doubles victories has been supremely satisfying for the Bryans.

"There's always a familiar face out there. We like playing doubles because we're twins, we both had singles goals too, but our doubles goals are more important to us because we get a little more satisfaction winning doubles matches," Bob Bryan said. "You get to share the win with your brother, you get to go back to your room and talk about it. It just makes it more special, but playing Davis Cup was one of our biggest goals of coming on the tour and we're on our second match, and we're really excited to be here and we're going to be fired up here on Saturday."

The United States is an overwhelming favorite against an Austrian team appearing in the World Group first round for the first time in four years. The last time Austria advanced to a World Group quarterfinal came in 1995 when Thomas Muster and Alex Antonitsch combined to produce all four points in Austria's 4-1 opening-round victor over a Spanish squad led by former French Open champion Sergi Bruguera and Carlos Costa. Sweden swept the Austrians, 5-0, in the ensuing quarterfinal.

This weekend, a pair of lefthanders — 76th-ranked Jurgen Melzer and 94th-ranked Stefan Koubek — are the likely Austrian singles starters set to face the third-ranked Roddick and 25th-ranked Ginepri. Melzer's game is based on his solid serve, while Koubek lacks the power of Roddick or Ginepri, but is a risk-taker from the baseline capable of stringing some surprising shots together.

The first-round tie presents a reunion of sorts for Roddick and Koubek, who reached the doubles final together in Doha at the start of the month and are likely opponents at Mohegan Sun. Roddick has not surrendered a set in his three career victories over Koubek and has never faced Melzer in an ATP match. In his lone meeting with Melzer, Ginepri scored a 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 victory on the grass courts of Newport to capture his first career title. Ginepri and Koubek have never faced each other.

The medium-paced hard court should suit Roddick and Ginepri well. Neither Melzer nor Koubek have been particularly effective in indoor Davis Cup ties: Melzer has compiled a 3-8 indoor record while Koubek is 8-7 indoors, but McEnroe cautioned since Austria is a decided underdog, both players can hit out and play pressure-free tennis.

"Jurgen Melzer is a young guy who just played well in Australia playing the third round there, has a good serve, pretty talented player," McEnroe said. "Koubek is a veteran, a doubles partner of Andy Roddick, getting to the final of Doha, that one week but he's won some big matches for them he's had some big wins on the tour these are tough guys these are legitimate top 70, top 50 players in the world maybe higher for Melzer if he continues to improve. Guys like this always play a lot better when they play for their country I think. And I think as a team we have to be ready for them to play the best they can play and that if we play as well as we can play I think we'll be OK. We certainly know that these guys are capable of having big matches."

In the past, Roddick has risen to the challenge of Davis Cup competition, compiling an 8-3 record overall, including a 5-0 mark indoors. But the man who has reached the final four in three of the four majors concedes he carries a much bigger burden competing for his country compared to playing in Slams.

"Yes, it's absolutely different. There's nothing quite like not only playing for your country, but then looking over and playing for your friends as well," Roddick said. "That's totally different, I think it's a lot easier to play a big match in a Grand Slam then it is to play a big match in Davis Cup and it's still something I'm learning about. The more I get out there, the more chances I get, the better I will get in this situation. So I'm excited to get out there this weekend."

The first round has been the final stop for the U.S. in two of the last three years, but both opening losses — a 4-1 setback to Croatia last year and a 3-2 defeat to a Roger Federer-led Swiss squad in 2001 — came on the road. The U.S. owns one of the best home records in Davis Cup history and has never lost a first round tie played in the United States, compiling a 27-0 record in opening-round home ties (not including challenge rounds) since 1900.

Based on those stats — and the superior success of his players — it's not surprising McEnroe carries confidence into this tie.

"Well I would say that at home we're going to be very tough to beat no matter who we play," McEnroe said. "The key for us is we won a big match last year in Slovakia on the road on clay with Mardy and Andy and the Bryans winning key points for us, so it was a real team effort. But at home we certainly are a big favorite, but we still know what we have to do, so we're going to take each match as it comes. Which is nice, it's nice to have a home match. And hopefully, as I said I'd like to win the whole thing, but you have to be able to win on the road. You can get lucky and get four home matches, but you can't count on that."

Should the United States beat Austria it would advance to the April 9-11th quarterfinals to meet the winner of the opening-round tie between defending champion Australia and Sweden. The U.S. would host Sweden or travel to Australia for the quarterfinals, depending on the outcome of the opening-round tie.

Regardless of where the road leads the Americans, McEnroe is adamant about reaching the final destination — the Davis Cup championship.

"We have our minds set on winning (The Davis Cup) this year," McEnroe said. "We're young still, but we now have a lot of experience, whether it is in Davis Cup or in big matches in tournaments. I don't think we are going to overlook the Austrians. They are all big matches. "
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Andy Roddick Leads U.S. at the Davis Cup
By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer

Andy Roddick tasted Grand Slam success. He was ranked No. 1. No one serves the ball faster.

One gap on his resume? A Davis Cup title, something he and the United States can move closer to by beating Austria in a first-round match in Uncasville, Conn.

"It's a lot easier to play a big match in a Grand Slam than it is to play a big match in Davis Cup. It's still something I'm learning about," the U.S. Open champion said. "The more I get out there, the more chances I get, the better I will get in this situation. So I'm excited to get out there this weekend."

The draw for the best-of-five match is Thursday. There are two singles matches each Friday and Sunday, with doubles Saturday.

Other first-round matchups include defending champion Australia hosting Sweden, and Switzerland — led by Australian Open champion and new No. 1 Roger Federer — at Romania. Also, Spain is at the Czech Republic, Argentina at Morocco, Canada at the Netherlands, Russia at Belarus, and Croatia at France.

Roddick is joined on the U.S. team by Robby Ginepri, who'll be making his Davis Cup debut, and the doubles pairing of twins Bob and Mike Bryan. Mardy Fish is the reserve.

It's a young group: Roddick and Ginepri are 21, Fish is 22, and the Bryans are 25. And it's a talent-rich roster that captain Patrick McEnroe figures can end the U.S. drought.

The United States has won the international competition a record 31 times — but zero since 1995.

"That plays on our mind a lot. All these guys, all of our players, are very committed. And the one thing they have all said to me as we look forward to this year is that we want to win it," said McEnroe, younger brother of his predecessor as captain, John McEnroe.

"We're not satisfied with winning a couple of matches. We want to win the whole thing. And that's the first time I've heard that from them. That's the first time that I really believe that we have a strong chance to win it."

First things first, though.

In 2003, the United States lost in the first round to Croatia and had to beat Slovakia in a playoff just to remain in the top tier of the Davis Cup. A loss to Austria — a country with no Davis Cup titles and no players ranked in the top 50 — would be a real setback.

Roddick is No. 3, while Ginepri is a career-high No. 25 after reaching the fourth round of a major for the first time at the Australian Open. The Bryans lead the doubles rankings.

"This is one of the best teams in the world," Austrian captain Gunter Bresnik said. "I hope it is going to be a tough competition, but we are the underdogs. It is also possible to win as an underdog."

He will count on No. 76 Jurgen Melzer and No. 94 Stefan Koubek in singles. Julian Knowle is ranked 38th in doubles, and he'll probably team with Melzer.

"It's Davis Cup, and anything can happen," Melzer said. "But we will need to be 1-1 after the first day (to) have a chance."

McEnroe likes his team's chances in part because of camaraderie. These players have known each other for most of their lives and they all seem to get along well.

Roddick met the Bryans when he was 8, and Fish lived with Roddick's family for a year during high school. Roddick and Ginepri started playing together a decade ago, and Roddick beat Ginepri in the 2000 U.S. Open junior final.

"There's nothing quite like not only playing for your country, but then looking over and playing for your friends, as well," Roddick said. "To be able to share this experience with guys that we actually get along with, that we're all buddies, it makes it really fun."

There will be a chance to win — and lose — away from the tennis courts this weekend. The U.S. Tennis Association put the matches in the Mohegan Sun casino's arena. Koubek was asked during the Australian Open what he thought of the site.

"I had no idea," he said. "Sounds good, though. At least we can have one week of fun after practice and win some money."
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