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Optus Australian Fed Cup captain 2005 update

Interest in the position of Optus Australian Fed Cup Captain has been strong following Evonne Goolagong Cawley's decision to step down after three years in the role.

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said 12 applications had been received for the high profile position. "I've never known so many candidates for the Fed Cup or Davis Cup captaincy," Mr Pollard said.

"It's great there's so much interest in further improving women's tennis, particularly with Alicia Molik's progress this year."

Those to have publicly confirmed their interest in the position include:

Former Optus Davis Cup captain John Newcombe.

Former Fed Cup representative Nicole Bradtke.

Queensland Academy of Sport head coach Geoff Masters.

Former world No.4 Dianne Balestrat.

The selection committee is comprised of Mr Pollard, selector Kerryn Pratt and two former players: Kristine Kunce and Annabel Ellwood.

The Optus Australian Fed Cup team plays its first round match in April next year in the zonal qualifying series held in New Dehli, India.

Competing at that event will be Chinese Taipei, China, Kazakhstan, India, Singapore, Korea and New Zealand.


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look at the competition y oh y oh y did we have to lose to thailand
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even if we bt Thailand, we wouldn't have been in the World Group I believe, there are only 8 countries in the World Group next year (not 16)
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If we beat Thailand we would have been playing in World Group II (9 to 16) as opposed to World Group I (1 to 8).

If we win the zonal qualifying in April 2005 we will then go through to a playoff tie in July 2005 against a 1r loser in World Group II to then qualify to play in World Group II in 2006.
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We don't need worry about other countries except China and maybe Korea depends on who will play.

Imagine that Na Li will part the team for China while the gold medallist pairs for the doubles event. We're going to kiss our girls a goodbye for sure!


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china doesnt worry me if we have alicia on the team
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If we can get a full strength team we could beat most of the top countries

look at austria who made the semi's . . fair enough they had injuries but no big names played for them except Schett

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http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...E23216,00.html

JOHN NEWCOMBE, Tony Roche and Mark Woodforde - a grand slam-winning trinity - have withdrawn from the race for the Fed Cup leadership...

The trio's decision leaves Nicole Bradtke a short-priced favourite to replace Goolagong. Bradtke is likely to be supported by former player Louise Field...
It is understood world No. 13 Alicia Molik and Wimbledon doubles champion Rennae Stubbs have plumbed strongly for Bradtke over fellow contenders, including Dianne Balestrat...

Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard, Fed Cup selector Kerryn Pratt and former players Annabel Ellwood and Kristine Kunce are on the selection panel to choose the new captain and coach...
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Just proves that Woodforde was the reason why Molly didn't play in Thailand and that the girls don't want him back.
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Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard, Fed Cup selector Kerryn Pratt and former players Annabel Ellwood and Kristine Kunce are on the selection panel to choose the new captain and coach...
mmmmm I wonder what great insights Kristine Kunce and Annabelle Ellwood can bring to applicants like Dianne Balestrat, Nicole Bradtke etc... Just as well Newk withdrew

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My sentiments exactly. I imagine in 10 years time the likes of Cassandra Barr and Bianca Acquistapace will be on the selection panel too

I read an article on Di Balestrat a few weeks ago in the Herald Scum. Basically, she is sick and tired of always being overlooked for the captaincy. She said 'my record speaks for itself' and that even now at 40+ she can still beat up on some of the kiddies Which is true, as she had quite an imposing record at State Grade Pennant. She feels she could do a wonderful job but for some reason is constantly 'snubbed'.

Personally, I think she'd do a fine job...but it looks like Nicole Bradtke has this one in the bag.
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My sentiments exactly. I imagine in 10 years time the likes of Cassandra Barr and Bianca Acquistapace will be on the selection panel too

I read an article on Di Balestrat a few weeks ago in the Herald Scum. Basically, she is sick and tired of always being overlooked for the captaincy. She said 'my record speaks for itself' and that even now at 40+ she can still beat up on some of the kiddies Which is true, as she had quite an imposing record at State Grade Pennant. She feels she could do a wonderful job but for some reason is constantly 'snubbed'.

Personally, I think she'd do a fine job...but it looks like Nicole Bradtke has this one in the bag.
Yes and the issue is that she really wants to do it too. Bradtke is favorite because she is mates with the Moliks and Stubbs and they can do as they pls with her.

How much coaching has Nicole done??? She's helped out with Molik - but that would be pretty easy to coach someone with a preparedness to work. Dianne is currently running a tennis coaching club in Moorabbin and therefore prepared to do the hard yards, not like others who want ride on the crest of Molik's wave.

I wonder with Nicoles two kiddies how much time can she devote. Fed Cup captaincy shouldn't be a three week job and the coaching side dumped onto someone else. The captain should be in charge not the coach - but last year it seemed Mark was pulling the strings. Will Louise Field be calling the shots??

Lets compare records as players. Nicole didn't reach the top 20, Dianne was no. 4. Dianne a slam finalist and many time qtrs/semi finalist and mixed it with the best - Evert, Martina, King, Austin. Nicole scrapped a win over Graf and as a teen nearlly got a French final.

Dianne was at her peak in her teens and early 20's and know's what it takes to compete at the highest level and during her time the competition was pretty tough.

But it seems it's a case for jobs for mates in this one.

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Don't knock Ellwood and Kunce, both were top 60 players, Kunce had some huge results in her time and got to 42 in the world.

You would hope that after the millions of dollars spent on Annabel with the AIS that she too would also have plenty of knowledge to justify her position
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Ausboy, you are far too predictable m'dear I knew you would come back with a post detailing the illustrious expolits of Kunce and Ellwood, defending their virtue etc etc.

Yes, we are aware that they were past top 60 players.

I just find it quite comical when one compares their tennis history, to the history of the person they will be selecting. It's like a primary school student interviewing a uni graduate for a job. It just makes for harmless tennis message board chit chat, hence my above post
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http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...E23216,00.html

FRENCH Open semi-finalist Nicole Bradtke is today expected to be named Australia's new Fed Cup captain...
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