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    Today seemed like the day. (Translated from Serbian.) #DavisCup

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    France to avoid punishment for mocking Britain at Davis Cup
    10:14 AM ET
    Leo Spall
    UK Correspondent

    ROUEN, France -- The International Tennis Federation (ITF) says France will not face any punishment for making a mockery of the penultimate rubber against Britain in their Davis Cup quarterfinal Sunday.

    The home team, holding an unassailable 3-0 lead going into Julien Benneteau's singles contest with Dan Evans, fielded Nicolas Mahut and captain Yannick Noah for several points when the Briton was running away with it; he later completed a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

    The crowd loved it and called in vain for Britain's coach, Leon Smith, to join them, while Evans was only prevented from having the founder of the Stirling Uni Barmy Army, Jamie MacDonald, play alongside him when a security guard stepped in.

    The Davis Cup has a different vibe to many Tour events, with loud and colourful partisan support actively encouraged. However, despite Sunday's rubbers being dead in terms of the tie's overall result, the scores still enter the record books the same as seriously-taken contests.

    "We don't expect any fallout from this at all," an ITF spokesman said. "The only reason the fan was not allowed to go on court was because it was a security issue."

    The rubber had lacked a serious air before the fun began, with Benneteau selected ahead of France's best player, Lucas Pouille. There was an exhibition feel from the start as Britain's least accomplished clay court player made easy work of his lacklustre opponent.

    Evans said: "I didn't know it was going to happen but it was good fun, and fun for the crowd. For sure, the referee should have let Jamie on -- it was not as if I picked out a random [person].

    "I enjoyed it. It was always going to be that way, I guess. There was some good tennis and I got some practice in on the clay."

    Kyle Edmund was contesting the final rubber against Jeremy Chardy Sunday afternoon with France 3-1 up in the tie.

    http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/story/_...ocking-britain
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    Courier calls for Davis Cup change
    Published by AAP

    Jim Courier hopes mooted changes to the Davis Cup are just a stepping stone towards it eventually becoming a two-week annual event like the FIFA World Cup.

    The International Tennis Federation will vote in August on reforms that would see the competition be played over best-of-three sets rather than five to make it more appealing to top players.

    Courier wants it to be the “first move on the chessboard” with his dream for the Davis Cup to effectively become a “fifth slam” – held over two weeks every year, except for Olympic years, and with a different host nation every time.

    He said that would give teams like Australia, who beat Courier’s United States in their quarterfinal tie in Brisbane at the weekend but won’t play their semifinal until September, the chance to push on with their momentum.

    “They now have to wait until after the US Open before they pick up again,” Courier said.

    “It’s like a whole new season.

    “If we can play it over two weeks, people will be able to follow it, get involved and invested.

    “Non-core tennis fans will start to follow the story because they’ll hear about it and they won’t have to wait four or five months for their team to play again.

    “I hate soccer, but when the World Cup comes along, I follow the American team, male or female – and I don’t pay attention to one other game the rest of the year.

    “I’ve been saying this for years and years, and I’m on record as saying it, so this is nothing new and I’m not the only one who’s saying it. But I believe that’s the answer for this competition.”

    Courier said it was up to others as to where and how it would fit into an already-packed tennis calendar but said change was absolutely necessary.

    “The problem for the Davis Cup is it’s a tree falling in a forest and not enough people are around to hear it or see it,” he said.

    “We’re not in 1915 anymore, we’re in 2017 and you have to be a little more aware of what the modern marketplace wants.

    “People in America follow the Davis Cup when we play in the States, but it’s pretty hard for them to follow it the weekend of the Masters at 2am in the morning.”

    http://tennismash.com/2017/04/10/cou...is-cup-change/
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    PRESS RELEASE
    10 April 2017

    Seeds announced for 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs

    The ITF has announced the seeds for the Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs. The Draw will take place on Tuesday 11 April at the ITF offices in London at 10:00 local time (09:00 GMT). The seeds are based on the new ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 10 April: http://www.daviscup.com/en/rankings/...-rankings.aspx

    The eight seeded nations in the World Group play-offs are:

    Argentina (1)
    Croatia (2)
    Switzerland (3)
    Czech Republic (4)
    Germany (5)
    Japan (6)
    Russia (7)
    Canada (8)

    Each of the seeds will be drawn against one of the following unseeded nations:

    Belarus
    Brazil
    Colombia
    Hungary
    India
    Kazakhstan
    Netherlands
    Portugal

    The 2017 World Group play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 15-17 September. The eight winning nations will contest the 2018 World Group, while the eight losing nations will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2018.

    The line-up for the World Group play-offs was confirmed when Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, India, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and Portugal won their Zone Group I second round ties on 7-9 April. Hungary had already assured its place in the World Group play-offs by winning its Zone Group I second round tie on 3-5 February. The eight nations joined the losers from the 2017 World Group first round ties.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 134 teams entered in 2017. The competition is 117 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, https://www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis/ and www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial

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    PRESS RELEASE
    11 April 2017

    Draw announced for 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs


    The Draw for the 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on 15-17 September alongside the World Group semifinals.

    The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2018 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I events in 2018.

    In the World Group semifinals, Belgium will be at home to Australia, and France will be at home to Serbia.

    Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 10 April.

    The draw is as follows:

    2017 World Group play-offs (15-17 September)

    Kazakhstan (c) v Argentina (s)
    Colombia (c) (*) v Croatia (s)
    Switzerland (s) (c) v Belarus
    Netherlands (c) v Czech Republic (s)
    Portugal (c) (*) v Germany (s)
    Japan (s) (c) (*) v Brazil
    Hungary (c) v Russia (s)
    Canada (s) (c) (*) v India

    (s) denotes seeded nation
    (c) denotes choice of ground
    (*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot


    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 134 teams entered in 2017. The competition is 117 years old having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are Rolex (Official Timekeeper) and Adecco (Official HR Sponsor), while Head (Official Ball) is an international partner. beIN SPORTS is the Official Global Media Rights Partner. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com, www.copadavis.com, www.twitter.com/daviscup, https://www.facebook.com/DavisCupTennis/ and www.Weibo.com/daviscupofficial

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  9. #84

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    Some announcements have been made:









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    NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR SEMIFINALS AND PLAY-OFFS
    05 Sep 2017

    World Group semifinals

    Belgium v Australia


    World No. 17 Nick Kyrgios will lead Australia's bid for a place in its first Davis Cup Final since 2003, with Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis and world doubles No. 2 John Peers completing Lleyton Hewitt's side for the trip to Belgium. Kokkinakis returns to the Davis Cup team for the first time since 2015, with Sam Groth - a regular fixture in the team - missing out.

    Belgium, meanwhile, has named an unchanged team from the side that defeated Italy in the quarterfinals. David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore will all return to international team competition in Brussels, eyeing a spot in the Davis Cup Final for the third time in their nation’s history.

    France v Serbia

    France has named a strong team to take on a depleted Serbia side in their semifinal tie at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, the home of the 2014 Davis Cup final. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga heads the line-up for Yannick Noah’s men, with Lucas Pouille and doubles stars Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert completing the quartet. Gael Monfils, who retired injured from the US Open, will join the team as a fifth member of the squad.

    With Novak Djokovic out for the year due to injury and Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic managing fitness concerns of their own, Serbia's playing captain Nenad Zimonjic has had to opt for a youthful line-up. Dusan Lajovic, first-time nominee Laslo Djere and Filip Krajinovic join Zimonjic for the steep task of trying to upset Yannick Noah's France.

    World Group play-offs

    Croatia v Colombia

    World No. 7 Marin Cilic will lead last year's finalists as they bid to maintain their World Group status when they take on Colombia in Bogota. Cilic will be joined by first-time nominee and world No. 244 Viktor Galovic, No. 304 Franko Skugor and No. 694 Nikola Mektic in Zeljko Krajan's side.

    The Colombians will be led by Santiago Giraldo, with Alejandro Gonzalez and doubles specialists Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah completing Pablo Gonzalez's side. Colombia is looking to end a run of three defeats in the World Group play-offs.

    Kazakhstan v Argentina

    Mikhail Kukushkin, Dmitry Popko, Aleksandr Nedovyesov and first-time nominee Denis Yevseyev will form Dias Doskarayev’s team when they host Argentina in Astana. The Kazakhs are looking for an immediate return to the World Group after suffering relegation last year.

    Meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman will hope to take his US Open form to Astana when he leads the reigning champions against the Kazakhs. The diminutive Argentine will be joined by Guido Pella and debutants Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni in Daniel Orsanic’s squad.

    Japan v Brazil

    New Japan captain Satoshi Iwabuchi has brought another debutant into their World Group play-off tie against Brazil in Osaka, with New Zealand-born doubles specialist Ben Maclachlan joining Yuichi Sugita, Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama for the contest.

    For the visitors, world No. 113 Thiago Monteiro will lead Brazil's hopes of reaching the World Group for the first time since 2015. Guilherme Clezar and doubles experts Marcelo Melo and Brunos Soares complete the line-up for Joao Zwetch's side.

    Switzerland v Belarus

    As announced last week, Severin Luthi's team to face Belarus in Biel includes world No. 94 Henri Laaksonen, No. 209 Marco Chiudinelli, No. 592 and first-time nominee Adrian Bodmer and No. 672 Antoine Bellier.

    Belarus will field Egor Gerasimov, Ilya Ivashka, Andrei Vasilevski and Max Mirnyi for the tie. The Belarusians are on a five-tie winning streak in Davis Cup and will hope to continue their meteoric rise by winning their first appearance in World Group play-offs since 2007, when they fell to Peru.

    Canada v India

    India was quick off the mark in confirming its team to face Canada, announcing three weeks ago that Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni and Rohan Bopanna will form Mahesh Bhupathi’s side for the trip to Edmonton.

    Canada, meanwhile, has a formidable-looking side in light of Denis Shapovalov's recent form. The teenager leads the line-up for Martin Laurendeau's side, with Vasek Pospisil, first-time nominee Brayden Schnur and Daniel Nestor also included.

    Germany v Portugal

    Portugal's Joao Sousa, Pedro Sousa, Gastao Elias and Joao Domingues will be licking their lips ahead of their home clash with Germany, with the visitors missing some of their marquee names for their World Group play-off contest. Germany, led by Jan-Lennard Struff and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, also have two Davis Cup debutants - Yannick Hanfmann and Tim Puetz - in Michael Kohlmann's side.

    Through to the World Group play-offs for the second time ever, the Portuguese have their best chance yet of reaching the World Group.

    Czech Republic v Netherlands

    Jiri Vesely, Adam Pavlasek, Lukas Rosol and Roman Jebavy are charged with keeping Czech Republic in the World Group for a 12th straight year when they travel to Netherlands.

    Paul Haarhuis' Dutch side will field Robin Haase, Tallon Griekspoor, Thiemo De Bakker and Jean-Julien Rojer for the battle in The Hauge.

    Russia v Hungary

    Russia will travel to Budapest with a youthful line-up featuring Karen Khachanov, US Open quarterfinalist Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and the experienced Konstantin Kravchuk. After winning promotion back to the World Group last year after four years in Europe/Africa Zone Group I, Shamil Tarpischev’s team will be desperate to maintain their World Group status.

    Hungary, meanwhile, will field Marton Fucsovics, Attila Balazs, Gabor Borsos, Zsombor Piros as they eye a spot in the top tier of Davis Cup for the first time since 1996.


    Americas Zone Group I

    Dominican Republic v Peru

    Dominican Republic
    Victor Estrella Burgos, Jose Hernandez-Fernandez, Jose Olivares, Roberto Cid.
    Captain: Rafael Moreno

    Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

    Chinese Taipei v Korea, Republic

    Chinese Taipei
    Ti Chen, Jason Jung, Cheng Yu Yu, Tung Lin Wu.
    Captain: Jinn Yen Chiang

    Korea, Republic
    Hong Chung, Soon woo Kwon, Yong-Kyu Lim, Jea moon Lee.
    Captain: Kae Sik Kim

    Europe/Africa Zone Group I

    Romania v Austria

    Romania
    Dragos Dima, Nicolae Frunza, Bogdan Borza, Horia Tecau.
    Captain: Andrei Pavel

    Austria
    Dominic Thiem, Sebastian Ofner, Gerald Melzer, Oliver Marach.
    Captain: Stefan Koubek

    Israel v Ukraine

    Israel
    Dudi Sela, Eden Leshem, Mor Buils, Jonathan Erlich.
    Captain: Eyal Ran

    Ukraine
    Alexandr Dolgopolov, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Illya Marchenko, Denys Molchanov.
    Captain: Andrei Medvedev

    Slovakia v Poland

    Slovakia
    Norbert Gombos, Lukas Lacko, Jozef Kovalik, Andrej Martin.
    Captain: Miloslav Mecir

    Poland
    Kamil Majchrzak, Hubert Hurkacz, Lukasz Kubot, Marcin Matkowski.
    Captain: Radoslaw Szymanik


    Americas Zone Group II

    Barbados v Venezuela

    Barbados
    Darian King, Haydn Lewis, Adam Hornby, Matthew Foster-Estwick.
    Captain: Damien Appelwhaite

    Venezuela
    Ricardo Rodriguez, Luis Martinez, Jodri Munoz, Miguel Este.
    Captain: Yohny Romero


    Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

    Pakistan v Thailand

    Pakistan
    Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi, Aqeel Khan, Muhammad Abid, Shahzad Khan
    Captain: Muhammad Khalid

    Korea, Republic
    Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul, Kittipong Wachiramanowong, Sanchai Ratiwatana, Sonchat Ratiwatana.
    Captain: Vittaya Samrej
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  13. #88

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    PRESS RELEASE
    13 September 2017

    ITF and Sportradar announce Davis Cup and Fed Cup Live Streaming Platform

    New digital offering also includes live scoring centre and redesigned mobile apps

    The ITF, in partnership with Sportradar AG, has today announced its new live streaming platform for Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. The platform will ensure fans worldwide can follow tennis’s premier team competitions across a range of devices, starting with this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group semifinals and play-off ties on 15-17 September. The ITF’s global media rights partner beIN Sports have released the streaming rights in order to enable this platform to go live.

    Sportradar, the Swiss-based sports data and content specialists, will use its OTT solution to produce and deliver the live and on-demand Davis Cup streams at https://video.daviscup.com. Fans will have the ability to purchase coverage ranging from individual ties to a whole round of ties, or an annual package covering all rounds of Davis Cup.

    In parallel, the ITF has been working with Sportradar to launch a desktop live scoring centre and redesigned dedicated mobile app for Davis Cup. Thanks to the addition of more in-depth statistics across all ties, the second screen experience will be even richer and more engaging. The live streaming platform, live scoring centre and app will be available for Fed Cup in the coming weeks.

    This weekend’s semifinals see Belgium host Australia in Brussels and Serbia travel to Lille to face France to contest a place in the Davis Cup Final in November, with eight World Group play-off ties also taking place. The new streaming platform will also be available for November’s Fed Cup Final in Minsk between Belarus and the USA. The live scoring centre and live streaming platform will further enhance Davis Cup and Fed Cup in line with the goals of ITF2024, the organisation’s strategic roadmap.

    Today’s announcement builds on the long-standing relationship between the two organisations, which has seen Sportradar support the ITF in bringing data and content from more tournaments to more tennis fans worldwide.

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “The ITF’s goal has always been to bring Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas closer to every tennis fan, no matter where they are in the world or what device they are using. Sportradar AG continues to fulfil our growing expectations in a developing sports marketplace. Through our streaming and digital media offering, they are helping us grow our fan base, deliver engagement and insight and ultimately enhance the largest annual international team competitions in sport.”

    Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl added: “Davis Cup and Fed Cup bring together the most committed tennis players, the most exciting matches and the most passionate tennis fans. It is a privilege to be able to help the ITF deliver premium content across the globe. With many years of our recently extended partnership still to go, and with our unique ability to mix audiovisual content with data and data visualisation solutions across devices and channels, we look forward to working together on future developments for the sport.”

    In addition to live coverage of over 50,000 ITF Pro Circuit matches per year through its umpire technology, Sportradar remains the ITF’s official data rights partner and preferred streaming partner for the ITF Pro Circuit. Sportradar launched the ITF Pro Circuit app back in 2015 and has also increased live streaming of ITF events together with the ITF’s member nations.

    To download the new Davis Cup App, fans can go to:
    Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/davi...558808946?mt=8
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...iscup&hl=en_GB

    The Fed Cup App will be available for download in the coming weeks.

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    2017 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS

    WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS & PLAY-OFFS 15-17 SEPTEMBER – TIE PREVIEW NOTES
    WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

    Belgium (s) (c) v Australia – Brussels, BEL – clay (indoors)
    France (s) (c) v Serbia (s) – Lille, FRA – clay (outdoors)

    WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

    Kazakhstan (c) v Argentina (s) – Astana, KAZ – hard (indoors) Colombia (c)* v Croatia (s) – Bogota, COL – clay (outdoors)

    Switzerland (s) (c) v Belarus – Biel, SUI – hard (indoors)

    Netherlands (c) v Czech Republic (s) – The Hague, NED – clay (indoors) Portugal (c)* v Germany (s) – Oeiras, Lisbon, POR – clay (outdoors)

    Japan (s) (c)* v Brazil – Osaka, JPN – hard (outdoors)

    Hungary (c) v Russia (s) – Budapest, HUN – clay (outdoors)

    Canada (s) (c)* v India – Edmonton, CAN – hard (indoors)


    (s) = seed, (c) = choice of ground, * = choice of ground decided by lot

     Belgium will hope to reach the Davis Cup Final for the 2nd time in 3 years when it takes on Australia in Brussels. The Belgians are the only one of the 4 semifinalists to have never won the competition, while Australia stands in 2nd place on the list for most Davis Cup titles, behind USA, having won the competition 28 times. The Australians, however, will be wary of the threat posed by Belgium, which has won the nations’ 2 most recent meetings and must adapt quickly to clay having not played a Davis Cup tie on the surface since 2014.

     Around 100km away in Lille, France take on Serbia in a repeat of the 2010 Davis Cup Final. Serbia won on that occasion with Viktor Troicki winning in a decisive 5th rubber – but both Troicki and Novak Djokovic are missing this time round due to injuries. France, meanwhile, has enjoyed a stellar year in the competition having not yet lost a live rubber. Under the captaincy of Yannick Noah, who guided the French to Davis Cup success in 1991 and 1996, the team will be confident of reaching a first Final since 2014.

     In the World Group play-offs both the 2016 champion, Argentina, and runner-up, Croatia, must come through tough away ties in Kazakhstan and Colombia respectively if they are to maintain their World Group status in 2018. Argentina is looking to avoid becoming the first champion nation to be relegated the year after winning the title since Sweden in 1999 – and should Croatia lose too it would be the first time in Davis Cup history that both finalists were relegated the following year.

     Elsewhere in the play-offs, Portugal has the chance to secure a World Group berth for the first time in its history when it takes on Germany in Oeiras, Lisbon – one of 4 all-European play-off ties. The two remaining play-off ties see nations from the Americas Zone take on their counterparts from Asia/Oceania, with Japan hosting Brazil and Canada hosting India. In total, 6 former Davis Cup champions will battle to retain World Group status in the play-offs.

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    Team Canada
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