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Romania v France
Andrei Pavel
Adrian Voinea
Gabriel Trifu
Victor Hanescu
Captain: Florin Segarceanu
Nicolas Escude
Sebastien Grosjean
Michael Llodra
Fabrice Santoro
Captain: Guy Forget

Netherlands v Switzerland
Paul Haarhuis
Richard Krajicek
Sjeng Schalken
Raemon Sluiter
Captain: Tjerk Bogtstra
Roger Federer
Michel Kratochvil
George Bastl
Yves Allegro
Captain: Marc Rosset

Australia v Great Britain
Lleyton Hewitt
Wayne Arthurs
Mark Philippoussis
Todd Woodbridge
Captain: John Fitzgerald
Great Britain
Arvind Parmar
Alan Mackin
Miles Maclagan
Alex Bogdanovic
Captain: Roger Taylor

Sweden v Brazil
Thomas Enqvist
Jonas Bjorkman
Magnus Larsson
Andreas Vinciguerra
Captain: Mats Wilander
Gustavo Kuerten
Andre Sa
Flavio Saretta
Ricardo Mello
Captain: Ricardo Acioly

Croatia v USA
Ivan Ljubicic
Mario Ancic
Lovro Zovko
Goran Ivanisevic
Captain: Niki Pilic
James Blake
Mardy Fish
Taylor Dent
Robby Ginepri
Captain: Patrick McEnroe

Spain v Belgium
Alex Corretja
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Albert Costa
Carlos Moya
Captain: Jordi Arrese
Xavier Malisse
Olivier Rochus
Kristof Vliegen
Christophe Rochus
Captain: Steven Marten

Argentina v Germany
David Nalbandian
Guillermo Canas
Gaston Gaudio
Lucas Arnold
Captain: Gustavo Luza

Rainer Schuettler
Lars Burgsmuller
Michael Kohlmann
David Prinosil
Captain: Patrik Kuehnen

Czech Republic v Russia
Czech Republic
Jiri Novak
Radek Stepanek
Martin Damm
Cyril Suk
Captain: Robert Krechler
Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Mikhail Youzhny
Nikolay Davydenko
Igor Andreev
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

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Canas is injured,he is replaced by Chela

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Huh? I thought it was the other way round?

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I heard that Canas was injured - just last night from a woman that I talk to who lives in Argentina.

She informed that the news had stated that David will now play three matches, with Gaudio in the other singles slot... :confused:

Does anybody know who is going to play second singles for Spain? (I'm making the not so bold assumption that Ferrero will play first). I'd hate to see Moya play Mardy again ;) ;) Or - I'd hate to see Moya go Fishing and short up dry again... or any other of a number of terrible puns that are possible

That said, I don't think Mardy would beat Moya on clay, but I had to get the Fish joke in some how.

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Another question - what does JMG have to do these days to get called for DC? Has the USTA just forgotten about him, or what?

Obviously they call Blake first.

Mardy, despite ending up being foolish, had a good run in Australia - so yeah, call Mardy.

Dent - well he hasn't played yet this year, but it is a fast surface so maybe he'd come in handy?

Ginepri - ?

I would think that Gambill has a case over both Dent and Ginepri, no?

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JMG opted out of Davis Cup, he was too "scared" he might get injured playing on greenset :eek: LMAO

Gambill turned down Davis Cup, cites fear of injury
Toughest decision is 'not a cop-out'

By Matthew Cronin

American Jan-Michael Gambill turned down a spot on the U.S. Davis Cup team because he fears a season-ending injury on the Green Set Trophy surface, which he says he's been injured on four times over the past four years.

"It's ironic given with what happened last year with me not playing that I got the call from Patrick and I wanted to play, but the tie happens to be on this surface which my body cannot take," the No. 34-ranked Gambill told

"Every time I've played on it I've gotten hurt and I can't afford to take that risk and possibly be out the rest of the year."

After Andy Roddick was diagnosed with severe tendonitis in his right wrist and was unable to play on the U.S. team against Croatia, February 7-9 in Zagreb, U.S captain Patrick McEnroe called Gambill at 4:30 a.m. in Hawaii and asked him to come aboard, despite the fact that he and Gambill clashed last year over McEnroe's decision not to name him to any of the Cup teams. The request Gambill made of McEnroe before signing on was that he call Zagreb and verify the surface.

"Once Patrick called me back and told me what it was, I had to say no," Gambill said. "That surface has absolutely no give. It's like a hard plastic. I would end up tiptoeing around on it anyway so it's probably better I'm not on the team."

Later that morning, McEnroe named James Blake, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri to the squad.

Gambill, who is ranked well above Fish, Dent and Ginepri, likely would have played second singles, given that he reached the singles final in Doha earlier this year and is a much more experienced big match player than either Fish or Dent, one of whom is likely to now see singles duty.

"I know that it's Davis Cup and Davis Cup has always been very important to me, but I can't see taking that kind of a risk so early in the year when I've been playing so well," Gambill said. "Patrick was a little disappointed, but he understands what it is to have injuries; he's no fool. It's one of the toughest decisions I've ever made. It's not a cop out."

A USTA source told that McEnroe was clearly disappointed. When asked about his discussion with Gambill on Tuesday, McEnroe wouldn't' elaborate on his feelings, but the tone of his voice indicated a fair amount of irritation.

"It was such a last minute thing that it didn't work out," McEnroe said. "We had discussions and it just didn't work out at the end."

The 25-year-old Gambill calls indoor carpet "my nemesis" and says that he was injured playing on the surface for four straight years during the fall European swing. In 1999, he hurt his knees in Lyon; in 2000, he injured his back while playing Basel and the Tennis Masters Series Paris, which caused him to later withdraw from s second round match in Stockholm; in 2001, he hurt his back again in Basel and was forced to retire in a first-round match; and last year, he retired at TMS Paris after injuring his shins.

Gambill said that before Roddick was injured, McEnroe made a prior call to him and said that he might be asked to be a "fifth player on the team," and to await another call. Gambill said that at the time he felt like he deserved one of the top four spots anyway, but was willing to hear McEnroe out and awaited his final call. Gambill said that while the two aren't best friends, he respects the captain.

"I don't always agree with what Patrick does, but I admire him for doing things the way he wants to do them," said Gambill, who has only won one live Davis Cup match and is 2-6 overall. "I may not agree with his rules about not having private coaches in the first four days, or that he waits so long to decide on who's playing, but he's been successful building a team atmosphere and I respect him for that."

Gambill added that the U.S. team is capable of beating Croatia, saying, "James has been playing very well and Mardy played well in Australia. He's confident and I think we can pull out the doubles, too."
The Spokane resident said that he hopes to be asked to play on the team again and wouldn't count out the young U.S squad from winning it all this year.

"Funny things happen in Davis Cup," he said.

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Rebecca said:
I heard that Canas was injured - just last night from a woman that I talk to who lives in Argentina.

She informed that the news had stated that David will now play three matches, with Gaudio in the other singles slot... :confused:
Gee, that sounded so formal. :p

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JMG's a chicken. If he's afraid of the surface, what surface does he like then?

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JMG is just angry cos Mcenroe never called him and he would call him now only cos andy is injured.

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Am I the only one who seems to be reading about his 4 injuries on that surface? Did you all miss that?

Or do you just not believe it?

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I believe it, but can just the surface injure the guy. Why haven't I heard a similar thing happen to other players?

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Perhaps other players just haven't been as unfortunate.

Perhaps his mentality forces him to approach that surface with a certain attitude, and he unconsciously makes changes in his movement that leaves him more prone to an injury.

I am not saying this is for certain. I just don't think that anybody here is in the authority to brush it off as merely an excuse.

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Russian underdogs

Defending champions Russia, who face the Czech Republic, present an under-strengthen Davis Cup team with the absence of Marat Safin, while Britain brace themselves for what will be their toughest challenge ever when they face an experienced Australian squad this weekend.

Marat Safin, the pillar behind Russia's maiden Davis Cup triumph in Paris last year, is still suffering from the wrist injury that wrecked his Australian Open hopes in January and was forced to pull out.

"We're definitely the underdogs in this tie," Russian captain Shamil Tarpishchev insisted before the February 7-9 world group first round match in Ostrava.

"We've been heavily handicapped by Safin's injury. It threw all our preparation off track."

Russia's Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny will play two singles matches and also pair up in the doubles with former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov against the strong Czech pairing of Martin Damm and Cyril Suk.

"The Czechs must be considered big favourites. They are playing at home, their doubles team also looks much stronger than ours," Tarpishchev added.

However, the difference in strength and experience inside pairings can't be more evident than between Australia and Britain

The hosts have snatched the Davis Cup title a total of 30 times while the visitors only a third of that. Australia has the privilege of having world number one Lleyton Hewitt and powerhouse Mark Philippoussis as well as a doubles experts Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs.

By contrast, the British team is comprised of virtually anonymous names as their to players Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski are injured.

The quartet of Arvind Parmar, Miles MacLagan, Alex Bogdanovic and Alan Mackin -- with a combined ranking of 1,391 -- have in a huge mountain to climb in front of them. However, they are positive and ready for the challenge.

"Definitely, you have to be a little bit nervous but you have to get all the positives you can out of this tie," Bogdanovic said. Mackin, the British team's second-highest ranked player at 331 in the world, was more gung-ho than his 457th-ranked team mate.

"I'll look to impose myself, look to make an impression on the game and believe there's a chance to win," he said.

The hosts' captain John Fitzgerald was quick to head off over-confidence, however.

"We are treating the opposition like they are at full strength in our preparation," he said.

"They (Britain) dislike losing like we do and that's enough stimulation to get the best out of ourselves.

AS & Reuters
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