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    DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    The Draw

    A lucky run-in with a certain Tennis Magazine editor on a flight to Portland that arrived way too late on Wednesday night allowed TAT to be front and center during the draw ceremony and the following team press conferences.



    Shortly before noon on Thursday, November 29th, the foyer of Newmark Hall, where the draw ceremony was to be held, was teaming with members of the press, USTA and ITF officials, and even a jazz band.

    The Russian team was the first to arrive. Looking chipper and smiling at photographers, Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny, Dmitry Tursunov, and team captain Shamil Tarpishev paused for photographers, shook some hands, and disappeared to make room for their US. Counterparts.







    Much more fanfare and applause accompanied the home team's entrance. Andy Roddick, James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, U.S. Captain Patrick McEnroe, practice partners John Isner and Donald Young, all looking very serious, barely made their way through the crowd, sneaking away through a side walkway.








    It was tennis junkie heaven walking up the stairs to the auditorium behind the most accomplished ATP player in the building, Yevgeny Kafelnikov (pictured below while being interviewed), and right in front of the tallest ATP player in the building, John Isner.



    Later, Isner, Young, James' Blake's coach Brian Barker were waiting for the US team.




    The first object noticeable after walking into the auditorium is the beautiful Davis Cup itself, the coveted prize of this weekend.



    The second object is the still incomplete draw sheet. The fates would be decided soon.



    I took a seat right next to Chair Umpires Carlos Ramos and Enric Molina, and the Hawk-Eye challenge system official.



    Brian Barker sat down directly in front of me. Did I mention it was a tennis junkie's heaven?



    Soon, the officials, and, then, the teams, were introduced on stage.



    Several speeches were made, including one by Jane Brown-Grimes, USTA President and one by Russian Tennis Federation Vice President, Alexey Selivanenko, and one by ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti.

    Jane Brown Grimes welcoming the Russian team:


    Aleksey Selivanenko and his superior:


    Then, the moment of truth came. With the American player choices clear from the start, the intrigue was in Captain Tarpishev’s picks for the Russian singles and doubles line-up.

    As soon as it was announced Russia has nominated Mikhail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov and that Dmitry was drawn to play the first singles match, everyone knew what was coming next. The rematch of last year’s Davis Cup classic in Moscow, when Tursunov defeated Roddick 17-15 in the fifth set.



    The other question regarded Russia’s pick to face Bob and Mike Bryan in Saturday’s doubles rubber. Tarpishev nominated Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev, a team that brought Russia a point in this year’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against France and had done won the Kremlin Cup together in the past.



    So, the menu for the weekend:

    Roddick vs. Tursunov


    Blake vs. Youzhny


    B. Bryan / M. Bryan vs. Andreev / Davydenko


    Roddick vs. Youzhny


    Blake vs. Tursunov

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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Loving the first hand accounts and pictures! Awesome stuff - Can't wait to hear (and see) more!!
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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Great Job!

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    Nice pics 4m!!!!
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    This is awesome m8! I hope you found out what hotel Enric Molina is in
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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Wow, I get a byline in the title and everything

    The stuff from the press-conference will go up shortly.

    Enric Molina was very nice, Salmon

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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Awesome stuff

    Great pics, and can't wait to hear/read more

    Thanks

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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmm8 View Post
    Wow, I get a byline in the title and everything

    The stuff from the press-conference will go up shortly.

    Enric Molina was very nice, Salmon
    I thought it would look funky as the first line of the piece. LOL.
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    Re: DC Draw Ceremony (by Mariya Konovalova)

    Great report! Love it!

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