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Justine wants to play on gravel in Fed Cup

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Geen Fed Cup in Bree ? 21/12/02
Justine Henin-Hardenne wil enkel deelnemen aan de Fed Cup als er op gravel gespeeld wordt. Daardoor is het mogelijk dat de Fed Cup toch niet doorgaat in de Expodroom in Bree.

Aanvankelijk was men er van uitgegaan dat de wedstrijden in de Fed Cup tegen Oostenrijk (van 25 tot 27 april 2003) gespeeld zouden worden op hardcourt, maar Justine Henin-Hardenne wil daar niet van weten.

Volgens organisator Bob Verbeeck kost het een smak geld om gravel te voorzien in de hal. Niet alleen moet men de hal een week langer huren, ook moet er een verzekering genomen worden tegen beschadigingsrisico van de vloer. Volgende week zou de beslissing vallen.

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No Fed Cup in Bree?
Justine Henin-Hardenne only wants to participate to the Fed Cup if they play on clay. Because of that it's possible that the Fed Cup won't be held in the Expodroom in Bree.

Initially they assumed that the matches in Fed Cup (25 to 27 april 2003) would be played on hardcourt, but Justine Henin-Hardenne objects.

According to organiser Bob Verbeeck it will cost a lot of money to provide clay in the Expodroom. Not only do they need to rent it for a week longer, they also have to take out an insurance for floordamage-risk. The decision will probably be made next week

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what do you think about this?? I think she's right..fed cup is in the middle of the clay courtseason...and in the preparation of the big tournaments: Berlin, Rome, RG.

Playing on hard courts can ruin her preparation.

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What is a gravel surface? Is that the same as Clay?
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What is a gravel surface? Is that the same as Clay?
Yeah, gravel=clay

C'mon Belgians
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hehe I changed it
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LOL, thanks

I was picturing a tennis court of sharp little gray stones ...
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lol janie...I guess that would be a very slow surface
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LOL
And painful!
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It would make sense even if it wasnt in the middle of the clay season, because both Kim and Justine are better on clay than hard, imo.
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Kim is the best player on hardcourts in the world imo..so I wouldn't say she's better on clay
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I think JuJu is right. hey just wanted to organise it in Bree because it's Kim's home town. But it isn't ideal to organise it there for the time of the year. JuJu has to defend her title in Berlin.

Face it: Justine's great on clay, Kim's also quite good on clay and most other female Belgian tennis players are best on clay too. So why pick that stupid hard court whereon JuJu sucks. Half of the season is already on hard court (indoors or outdoors).

The cost? Why would they do so much efforts to make Kim play (she wanted the organisation to be more professional) and not for JuJu??? She has equal rights.

Organise it somewhere else, please!!! Or just spend a lot of money ...
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She's making the right choice. Playing hardcourt in the middle of the clay season is suicide
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I hope they'll find a solution!! BTW, putting clay in the Expodome will cost too much for a first round!!!!!!

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Kim is the best player on hardcourts in the world imo..so I wouldn't say she's better on clay
You would rate Kim on hardcourts above Venus Serena and Davenport? I think if you look at Kims results including FO final and win at Hamburg this year clay is her best surface, but indoor hardcourts is good as well.
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LOL, thanks

I was picturing a tennis court of sharp little gray stones ...
I thought the same thing...LoL

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Justine is right. But I wonder what they will do. Kim doesn't want to play in the Leopoldclub where all Davis/Fedcup matches on clay are played in belgium because she says the organistion is poor. That's why she wanted to play in bree, her hometown.

So what is a good solution?? I'm sure Kim doesn't mind playing on clay.

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