Category Archive: Davis Cup

Sep 22

Defending the Davis Cup

The Davis Cup. Heavyweight, in terms of tradition, and the trophy. Have you seen the size of the thing? On a less flippant note, substantial changes to the venerable competition appear imminent under the radically sweeping broom (or moustache) of the new ITF President David Haggerty. The former head of the USTA has broadly presented …

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Apr 07

Kosovo’s Davis Cup Debut – when losing to Liechtenstein isn’t that bad

The European-African Davis Cup Zone III is not always the area where a lifetime’s hopes are reached. The 2016 round robin was held in Estonia, at the Tare Tennis Centre in the capital, Tallinn. But one team really were thrilled to just to be there to take on Liechtenstein, Greece and the hosts. That was …

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Sep 17

Davis Cup – Five Players with a Long Weekend

It’s one of the most intriguing weekends of the tennis year, as some players summon their heaving bones from the US Open to go through their final Davis Cup tie of the campaign. There are lots of arguments about where Davis Cup fits in the schedule, the format (although not from this quarter) but it …

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Sep 11

Davis Cup Playoffs: Exiles & Underdogs seek to shine

The new US Open champion, Marin Cilic, and Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov are all heading into this weekend with one objective, to make sure their country will feature in the top 16 nations for the 2015 campaign in the classic coming together of the big and not so well known names from across the globe. Some recent heavyweights …

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May 09

Bedene going British as Slovenia differences prove too much

Aljaz Bedene

Aljaz Bedene’s career is taking a new direction, as he intends to represent Britain in the future. The Slovenian born Bedene, from Llubljana,would become his new country’s number two as he finally ends what’s become an increasingly tense relationship with the country’s national federation. Bedene has some good reasons to become British. He’s been based in the …

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Apr 08

Dusty Sela cleans up in Davis Cup’s fine weekend

The second batch of ties this year in Davis Cup provided some magnificent ties at World Group level – most of the favourites found a way through, but the marginally lower lights offered some magnificent tests to their more fancied opponents. Two points in two days gave Kazhakstan and especially FSOT favourite Andrey Golubev a …

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Feb 02

Davis Cup: The Success Stories and honourable others

It was just another weekend of Davis Cup tennis. There were lengthy epics, genuine surprises, (over) boisterous crowd behaviour and much more as five sets and patrotism came to the fore in what is so often a solo sport. All from a tournament in desperate need of reform which the top players find a terrible …

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Jan 30

Davis Cup: Top Men, Journeymen and more

Having established that there’s a healthy number of elite players involved in Davis Cup this time round (see last post), there are still a number of men outside the usual spotlight who have a real opportunity to show off their talents and make an impact in this weekend’s Davis Cup matches in the top 16 …

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Jan 29

Davis Cup: Are the top players missing?

The arguments of the tennis year can follow as familiar a pattern as the calendar itself. The Australian Open brings talk of grunting, equal prize money and its early start. Then, after that, the question is do the elite players shun the Davis Cup, regarding it as an anachronistic thing that is a distraction from …

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Nov 21

Liberate the Libyans from frustration: Davis Cup final’s global appeal

While the Davis Cup sits in terrible trouble, with no interest, the top players not playing and so on, it turned out there were a few global tourists who fancied getting an eyeful of the very Eastern European struggle between the Czech Republic and Serbia in Belgrade. Either that or the desire to see one …

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