Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Independent Isle
Hmmm well if each country sends its top players to Fed Cup, this is how it would breakdown:
*All four Americans are currently in the Tour Champs
*Only Clijsters and Henin are in the Tour Champs
*Only Mauresmo is in the Tour Champs
*NONE of the Russians are currently in the Tour Champs
Obviously it would be most beneficial for the Americans, for the tie to be held in the States. One, they would get to choose the surface. Two, all of their players would be in LA already. I think though, all three teams besides the USA would chose to hold the tie on clay. Any other surface would be suicide to face an American team with both Williams sisters. I think all three European teams are looking toward beating the USA, and the easiest way is through clay. Indoors is a possibility considering Venus' recent poor indoor record...but hardcourts is a definite no. Indoors might also be a good choice because that's Justine's weakest surface.
I think the Americans would choose outdoor hard or indoors.
Belgium would choose clay, Russia would chose clay, and France would choose clay.