Davis Cup

Martin Keady - Dec 15, 2018

Having looked back at the highlights and lowlights of 2018, our resident tennis historian, Martin Keady, looks ahead to 2019. 2018 was a genuinely historic year for tennis, as it marked the 50th anniversary of the start of the Open era, when the sport finally went fully professional after years, if not decades, of “shamateurism”. […]

Lukas Weese - Sep 16, 2018

But in front of a thunderous Canadian crowd at the Davis Cup, Raonic demonstrated glimpses of his former self. Raonic defeated Dutchman Scott Griekspoor in straight sets 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to secure the tie for Canada. The win would be a highlight of Raonic’s season, lifting his team to the World Group qualifying for next year. 

Lukas Weese - Sep 15, 2018

But the Dutch team of Matwe Middlekoop and Jean-Julien Rojer proved to be too strong for the Canadian duo, winning in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Every set was one break of serve but The Netherlands team brought big serves in the crucial moments. While the Dutch pair did not want to ruin the moment for Nestor, they knew they needed to secure a victory to keep the dream of clinching a Davis Cup tie alive. 

Lukas Weese - Sep 14, 2018

September 14, 2018 Toronto, Ontario, Canada It was a tale of two matches in the opening day of Davis Cup featuring Canada and Netherlands. Milos Raonic cruised to a straight-set victory over Thiemo De Bakker 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Denis Shapovalov, on the other hand, had to come back from two sets to love down in […]

Lukas Weese - Sep 13, 2018

“This is an important tie for us as we are hoping to maintain our place in the World Group for next year,” Captain Frank Dancevic said in a statement. “We believe that we belong among the elite nations and that we can aspire to win the Davis Cup trophy in the near future. To get there, we need to continue to work as a team and to build on our foundation that is already quite strong.”

Lleyton Hewitt Davis Cup #RIPDavisCup
Tracey Essex - Aug 17, 2018

The Davis Cup needed to change in order to be revived into the spectacle it once was. Not a single player, coach, or national association will argue that. What was once a worldwide showpiece has seen declining attendance and few top tier players participate. The dispute and controversy comes in the “how.” The ITF clearly […]

Davis Cup
Sharada Rajagopalan - Aug 17, 2018

Come 2019, the world of tennis will have a slew of changes to offer to its viewers. There is going to be a sizeable reduction in the number of seeds in the Slams – from 32 down to 16 – in a throwback to the past. Then, there is to be a revamping of the […]

Pablo Mosquera - Aug 16, 2018

Requiescat in pace, Davis Cup. What’s up, Piqué Cup*! The initiative by investment group Kosmos to tear apart reform the historic national team competition was approved on Thursday in Orlando (Florida, USA) by a wide margin, with 71 percent of the 220 members of the International Tennis Federation [ITF] in favor of the overhaul, according […]

Cameron Norrie
Martin Keady - Jun 1, 2018

Cameron Norrie may have won just one match at Roland Garros this week (and even that match was abandoned after just a set when his opponent, Peter Gojowczyk of Germany, retired injured), but it feels like so much more. That is because even in the short time that he spent on court in Paris, he […]

Martin Keady - Apr 13, 2018

The greatness (or otherwise) of your opponent determines the greatness (or otherwise) of your victory. That is why even the most impassioned Fed-Heads have developed at least a grudging respect for Rafael Nadal. Without Nadal spurring Federer on for the last decade and more, it is highly unlikely that even the sainted Roger would have […]

Martin Keady - Mar 16, 2018

Billie Jean King’s recent statement that in the future men should play three-set matches rather than five-set matches at Grand Slams is one of the rare instances when BJK, one of the finest analysts of tennis as well as one of its finest players, has got it wrong. Five-setters are the essence of tennis, or […]

Glenys Furness - Feb 5, 2018

With Britain without its top two ranked players for the Davis Cup first round tie against Spain, on clay in Marbella, it was going to be a difficult task for Team GB to move into the quarter-finals. Liam Broady and Cameron Norrie would each make their first appearances. Andy Murray is recovering from hip surgery, and Kyle […]

Davis Cup
Jed Jones - Feb 1, 2018

Facing Spaniards is never easy, especially in Spain and on their beloved clay. That is the ultimate challenge Great Britain faces when the Davis Cup team will be attempting to make the quarterfinal stage of the World Group for the fifth successive year. The 2015 champions have been ultra reliable at the highest level of […]

Glenys Furness - Jan 13, 2018

Aljaz Bedene has switched nationality again. After living in Britain since 2008 the Slovenian applied for British citizenship in 2015 and this was granted. Bedene had wanted to further his tennis career under the British flag and hoped to play Davis Cup and Olympics for his adopted country. Under ITF rules, to be able to […]

Martin Keady - Nov 24, 2017

Famously, the members of Monty Python struggled to name famous Belgians. Until recently, if they had tried to name famous Belgian tennis players, they would have found the task even harder. Since the turn of the millennium, however, Belgian tennis has experienced something of a golden age, particularly on the women’s side, as Justine Henin […]

Davis Cup Doubles
Martin Keady - Sep 23, 2017

There were many reasons to love the Davis Cup semi-finals last weekend: the closeness of the competition, as both semi-finals went to the final day (and in the case of Belgium–Australia to the final rubber); the frenzied but still friendly support provided by the supporters of all four nations, particularly the few dozen Aussie “Fanatics” […]

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