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    Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion




    17 Sep 2018


    2019 QUALIFYING ROUND TAKES SHAPE AFTER BUMPER DAVIS CUP WEEKEND

    The ITF has announced the nations that have secured a place in the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifying Round following the completion of this weekend’s World Group play-offs. The draw for the Qualifying Round will take place at the ITF offices in London on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The draw will be streamed live on the Davis Cup website and Davis Cup Facebook page.


    The eight winners of this weekend’s World Group play-offs join the four losing quarterfinalists from the 2018 competition as seeded nations in the 2019 Qualifying Round. The Qualifying Round ties will take place on 1-2 February 2019.


    The 12 seeded nations for the 2019 Qualifying Round are (current Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking in brackets):


    1. Argentina (3)
    2. Belgium (4)
    3. Great Britain (5)
    4. Serbia (8)
    5. Italy (10)
    6. Germany (11)
    7. Kazakhstan (13)
    8. Czech Republic (14)
    9. Sweden (15)
    10. Austria (16)
    11. Canada (17)
    12. Japan (18)


    They will be drawn against 12 unseeded nations (six from Europe/Africa, three from Asia/Oceania and three from Americas), 10 of which have been confirmed based on their position on the Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking of Monday 17 September.


    The unseeded nations for the 2019 Qualifying Round are (current Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking in brackets):


    Europe/Africa


    Switzerland (12)
    Hungary (21)
    Netherlands (22)
    Russia (23)


    Europe/Africa nation TBC


    Europe/Africa nation TBC


    Asia/Oceania


    Australia (9)
    India (20)
    Uzbekistan (24)


    Americas


    Colombia (19)
    Chile (25)
    Brazil (27)


    The two remaining nations from Europe/Africa will be confirmed after the Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs in October: Portugal v South Africa (19-20 October) and Slovakia v Belarus (26-27 October). Two ‘Europe/Africa Nation TBC’ slots will be drawn at the draw for the Qualifying Round.


    Eighteen nations will compete at the 2019 Davis Cup Finals. The four semifinalists in 2018 – Croatia, France, Spain and USA – will be joined by the 12 winners from the 2019 Qualifying Round and two wild card nations. France and Croatia will contest the 2018 Davis Cup Final on 23-25 November.


    The two nations that will receive wild cards into the 2019 Finals will be announced prior to the draw. If a nation that is due to take part in the Qualifying Round is awarded a wild card, their place in the Qualifying Round taken by the next-highest ranked nation. If a seeded nation is given a wild card the next-highest ranked nation will be seeded in the Qualifying Round.


    To be eligible to receive a wild card, nations must be ranked in the Top 50 on the Davis Cup Nations’ Ranking of Monday 17 September OR have at least one player ranked inside the Top 10 of the ATP World Rankings.


    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 nations taking part in 2018. The competition is 118 years old having been founded in 1900.


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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion


    26 September 2018

    DRAW MADE FOR 2019 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS QUALIFIERS


    The ITF and Kosmos Tennis today announced the Draw for the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifiers to be held on 1-2 February 2019.

    The 12 winners will compete in the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals, joining the four semi-finalists from the 2018 competition – Croatia, France, Spain, USA – and Argentina and Great Britain, who were awarded wild cards earlier today. The 12 losing nations will compete in their respective 2019 Zone Group competitions.

    Qualifier ties will consist of four singles rubbers and one doubles rubber with all matches played over the best-of-three tiebreak sets. Two singles rubbers will be played on Friday 1 February, with the doubles followed by the two reverse singles rubbers on Saturday 2 February.

    The draw is as follows:

    2019 Qualifiers (1-2 February)

    Brazil (c) v Belgium (s)
    Uzbekistan (c) v Serbia (s)
    Australia (s) (c) (*) v Bosnia/Herzegovina
    India (c) v Italy (s)
    Germany (s) (c) v Hungary
    Switzerland (s) (c) v Russia
    Kazakhstan (s) v Europe/Africa nation TBC
    Czech Republic (s) (c) v Netherlands
    Colombia (c) (*) v Sweden (s)
    Austria (s) (c) v Chile
    Canada (s) v Europe/Africa nation TBC
    China, P.R. (c) v Japan (s)

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

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “Today’s draw marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Davis Cup’s long and distinguished history, mixing tradition and innovation. I have no doubt that February’s Qualifiers will stimulate the passion in fans and players that has always been a feature of Davis Cup, and that this will carry through to the finals where we will witness a magnificent world-class sporting spectacle. I would like to wish all nations competing in the Qualifiers the best of luck.”

    The two remaining nations from Europe/Africa will be confirmed after the 2018 Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs in October and based on the Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 29 October. These nations will be drawn into the Qualifier Draw following the completion of the 2018 competition, with the choice of ground for their respective ties confirmed at this time.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 nations taking part in 2018. The competition is 118 years old having been founded in 1900.

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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion



    CANADA WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER TO FIND OUT THEIR OPPONENTS FOR DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS
    The Qualifying Round tie will take place February 1-2, 2019

    Montreal, September 26, 2018 – It was on Wednesday that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) held the official draw for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifying Round. The Canadian Davis Cup team’s opponent is still unknown for the tie scheduled to take place February 1-2. They will await the conclusion of the Europe/Africa Group I second round play-offs. If the nations have not played each other, Canada’s opponent will host the tie. The choice of surface, the site as well as the player nominations will be determined at a later date.

    After defeating the Netherlands by a score of 3-1 just a few weeks ago, Canada secured its place in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Qualifying Round. Despite being the favourite on paper, the Canadian team faced a tricky opponent with some highly ranked players, including Robin Haase (no. 44) as well as two doubles specialists in Jean-Julien Rojer and Matwe Middelkoop, ranked no. 20 and 35 in the doubles rankings, respectively. The victorious Canadian team was made up of Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) and Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal, QC).

    Canada will now take part in the Davis Cup Qualifying Round, hoping to secure a place in the Davis Cup Finals, which will take place in November of 2019. With the new Davis Cup format, the Qualifying Round will oppose 12 seeded nations against 12 unseeded nations, with the winners booking a spot in the final. In their upcoming tie this February, Canada will be the seeded nation thanks to their recent win over the Netherlands. Their opponents will be confirmed after the Europe/Africa Group I second round play-offs, where Portugal will host South Africa on October 19-20 and Slovakia will host Belarus on October 26-27. Canada is currently ranked 17th in the world.

    DAVIS CUP QUALIFYING ROUND

    February 1-2, 2019

    Brazil v BELGIUM
    Uzbekistan v SERBIA
    AUSTRALIA* v Bosnia/Herzegovina
    India v ITALY
    GERMANY v Hungary
    SWITZERLAND v Russia
    KAZAKHSTAN** v Europe/Africa nation TBC
    CZECH REPUBLIC v Netherlands
    Colombia* v SWEDEN
    AUSTRIA v Chile

    Europe/Africa nation TBC** v CANADA

    China v JAPAN



    The host nations are listed first, the seeded nations are in capitals.
    *Host nations determined by lot.
    **Host TBC



    About Davis Cup
    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 teams entered in 2018. The competition is 118 years old, having been founded in 1900. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas (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 and www.copadavis.com



    About Tennis Canada

    Founded in 1890, Tennis Canada is a non-profit, national sport association with a mission to lead the growth of tennis in Canada and a vision to become a world-leading tennis nation. We value teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation and excellence. Tennis Canada owns and operates the premier Rogers Cup presented by National Bank WTA and ATP World Tour events, 9 professional ITF sanctioned events and financially supports 13 other professional tournaments in Canada. Tennis Canada operates junior national training centres/programs in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Tennis Canada is a proud member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association, and serves to administer, sponsor and select the teams for Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games and all wheelchair, junior and senior national teams. Tennis Canada invests its surplus into tennis development. For more information on Tennis Canada please visit our Web site at: www.tenniscanada.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion



    26 September 2018

    ARGENTINA AND GREAT BRITAIN HANDED WILD CARDS FOR 2019 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINALS

    The ITF and Kosmos Tennis today announced that the Davis Cup Steering Committee has selected Argentina and Great Britain to receive wild cards for the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals.

    Eighteen nations will compete in the newly-transformed finals. Argentina and Great Britain will be joined by the four semi-finalists from the 2018 competition – Croatia, France, Spain, USA – and the 12 winners from the 2019 Qualifiers to be held on 1-2 February.

    The 2019 Qualifier Draw takes place today at 15:00 local time (14:00 GMT) at the ITF offices in London, and will be streamed live on the Davis Cup website and Davis Cup Facebook

    The Davis Cup Steering Committee is comprised of ITF President David Haggerty, Kosmos Founder and President Gerard Piqué, Spanish former professional tennis player Galo Blanco and ITF Vice President René Stammbach.

    Both wild card nations have a rich Davis Cup history and have enjoyed recent success in the competition. Argentina captured its first title in 2016, defeating Croatia in Zagreb on its fifth appearance in the Davis Cup final, while Great Britain won its tenth title in 2015 overcoming Belgium in the final in Ghent.

    Argentina and Great Britain are replaced as seeded nations for the 2019 Qualifier Draw by Australia and Switzerland, who were the highest-ranked unseeded nations that lost in the 2018 World Group play-offs.

    Australia and Switzerland are replaced as unseeded nations in the draw by the highest-ranked nation from their respective region in order to maintain the allocation of unseeded nations (six from Europe/Africa, three from Asia/Oceania, three from Americas). China, P.R. replaces Australia, while Bosnia/Herzegovina will also contest February’s Qualifiers having guaranteed a place in the top six Europe/Africa nations and completed its 2018 Davis Cup season.

    The two remaining nations from Europe/Africa will be confirmed after the 2018 Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs in October and based on the Davis Cup Nations Ranking of Monday 29 October. These nations will be drawn into the Qualifier Draw following the completion of the 2018 competition.

    The 12 seeded nations for the 2019 Qualifiers are:

    1. Belgium
    2. Serbia
    3. Australia
    4. Italy
    5. Germany
    6. Switzerland
    7. Kazakhstan
    8. Czech Republic
    9. Sweden
    10. Austria
    11. Canada
    12. Japan

    The 12 unseeded nations for the 2019 Qualifiers are:

    Europe/Africa (6 nations)

    Hungary
    Netherlands
    Russia
    Bosnia/Herzegovina

    Europe/Africa nation TBC

    Europe/Africa nation TBC

    Asia/Oceania (3 nations)

    India
    Uzbekistan
    China, P.R.

    Americas (3 nations)

    Colombia
    Chile
    Brazil

    The 12 winning nations in the Qualifiers will compete in the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals, while the 12 losing nations will compete in their respective 2019 Zone Group competitions.

    Further details regarding the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals will be announced in due course.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 nations taking part in 2018. The competition is 118 years old having been founded in 1900.

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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion


    27 September 2018

    MADRID CHOSEN AS HOST CITY FOR 2019 AND 2020 DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINALS

    The ITF and Kosmos Tennis today announced that the Davis Cup Steering Committee has selected Madrid as the host city to stage the first two editions of the newly-transformed Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals in 2019 and 2020.

    The 2019 event will take place at the iconic La Caja Mágica, located in Madrid’s Parque Lineal del Manzanares. The venue will see the 118-year-old competition entering a new phase, welcoming 18 nations and the world’s best players to compete for the prestigious Davis Cup trophy next year. La Caja Mágica and the WiZink Center are both under consideration to stage the event in 2020.

    The finals will be hosted in partnership with the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, the city’s council, and the Comunidad de Madrid, the regional governing body.

    The Davis Cup Steering Committee is comprised of ITF President David Haggerty, Kosmos Founder and President Gerard Piqué, Spanish former professional tennis player Galo Blanco and ITF Vice President René Stammbach. A submission from the Métropole Européenne de Lille was also considered, with the Committee noting the high standard of proposal from both candidate cities.

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “We are delighted to be bringing the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals to Madrid. The city is a fitting location to stage the highest quality tennis and great entertainment for thousands of fans from all over the world. We look forward to working with the city to realise our ambitions of elevating the Davis Cup to a new level. On behalf of the Steering Committee we thank the Ayuntamiento de Madrid and the Comunidad de Madrid, as well as Lille for their excellent proposals and professionalism during the selection process.”

    Prior to yesterday’s 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals Qualifier Draw, the Steering Committee also awarded two wild cards for the 2019 finals to Argentina and Great Britain, where they will be joined by the four semi-finalists of the 2018 competition – Croatia, France, Spain, USA – and the 12 winners of the 2019 Qualifiers to be held in February.

    La Caja Mágica has established itself as a globally-recognised top class tennis venue. It is comprised of three main show courts while the complex around the main site also includes several indoor and outdoor courts. The WiZink Center also has extensive experience hosting major sport and entertainment events.

    The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals will take place in a group-stage format over the first four days, with the countries divided into six groups of three teams. Each tie will consist of three matches – two singles and one doubles – of best-of-three sets.

    The six group winners and the two second-placed teams with the best records will qualify for the knock-out quarter-finals. The teams placed 5th to 16th will compete in the following year’s Qualifiers, while the teams placed 17th and 18th will be relegated to their respective Zone Groups.

    Further details regarding the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals will be announced in due course.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in sport, with 133 nations taking part in 2018. The competition is 118 years old having been founded in 1900.

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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion

    Jim Courier has stepped down as Davis Cup coach
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    Re: Davis Cup 2019 Draws, OoP & Discussion

    BASELINE TOP 5: U.S. DAVIS CUP CAPTAIN POSSIBILITIES

    SEP 30, 2018
    by Van Sias

    After eight years at the helm of the US Davis Cup team, Jim Courier has decided to step down. The Hall of Famer’s teams compiled a 10-8 record during his tenure, with his best finishes being two semifinal appearances.

    Now, it’s time to start to looking at new candidates, who’ll be tasked with adjusting to the revamped format taking place next year.

    Here’s a look at five potential choices who could possibly help the U.S. win its first title in more than a decade.

    1. James Blake

    Since retiring, Blake has still been involved in the game, primarily as a studio analyst for the Tennis Channel. As he started to phase out of his playing days, the former world No. 4 helped younger players like Sam Querrey and Jack Sock make the transition to the pro tour. He’s also known Davis Cup success as part of that last title-winning team in 2007.

    2. Jay Berger

    The United States Tennis Association found success in the Fed Cup by tapping Kathy Rinaldi as captain, counting on her past experience with the players who would be making up her team, as she helped coach them in the juniors. The best counterpart to Rinaldi would be Berger, the former world No. 7 and member of the 1990 Davis Cup championship team, who’s been a USTA and college coach for years.

    3. Andy Roddick

    Over the past 40 years, three players for the U.S. team have been Davis Cup standouts in singles, winning dozens of rubbers: John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Roddick. The 2017 Hall of Fame inductee led the way to the last U.S. title in ’07 and, like Blake, has helped players like John Isner and his peers learn the nuances of tour life. The reduced Davis Cup schedule might make the job more enticing to Roddick, who has maintained a busy schedule since retiring.

    4. Mary Joe Fernandez

    The barrier has been broken as far as having a woman lead a men’s team in competition by France and Spain. If the U.S. were to go that route, a more-than-worthy candidate would be Fernandez. During her time as the Fed Cup captain, the team reached two finals, relying on a mix of young singles players and veteran doubles specialists, without the full-time commitment of the top American women at the time.

    5. Robby Ginepri

    The last two Davis Cup captains to win titles were Patrick McEnroe and Tom Gorman, both of whom had solid careers as players, but were overshadowed by some of their compatriots at the time. That’s something Ginepri can relate to as he cracked the top 15, but didn’t make that top-10 push like Roddick, Blake and Mardy Fish. Would that make him more relatable to the young crop coming up? He already has an in with the next generation as he’s been working wonders with Frances Tiafoe—a player who could be a Davis Cup fixture for years to come.

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