Blake Selected for Davis Cup SIngles
I just found this on CNN. While I am happy for him, I feel bad for Todd <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">
Banking on youth
U.S. will go with Roddick and Blake for Davis Cup
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Posted: Thursday October 11, 2001 2:36 PM
Updated: Thursday October 11, 2001 3:13 PM
James Blake made the U.S. Davis Cup squad after a strong summer that included two ATP semifinals. Ezra Shaw/Allsport
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (CNNSI.com) -- If the United States is to make it back into the Davis Cup World Group this weekend, the kids are going to have to do the job.
U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe on Thursday tapped 19-year-old Andy Roddick and 21-year-old James Blake as his singles players for this weekend's tie with India at Joel Coliseum.
Roddick will play Harsh Mankad and Blake will meet Leander Paes in Friday's singles matches, which begin at 2 p.m. ET. On Sunday, Roddick will face Paes and Blake will play Mankad. In Saturday's pivotal doubles match, Americans Don Johnson and Jared Palmer will take on Indian's powerful duo of Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
Roddick, the highest-ranked player on either team at No. 15 in the world, was a lock for one singles spot. Blake was something of a surprise, beating out longtime Davis Cup standout Todd Martin thanks to his strong play lately.
Blake, a Connecticut native ranked a career-best 86th in the world this week, has had a breakthrough year on the ATP Tour. After playing challengers much of the season, Blake reached the semifinals in Newport in July; made the round of 16 in Cincinnati before falling to Patrick Rafter; lost in a memorable five-setter to Lleyton Hewitt at the U.S. Open; and reached the semis again last week in Tokyo, where Hewitt beat him again.
Martin, No. 64 in the rankings, has struggled with injuries since a second-round loss at the U.S. Open. The veteran has 16 Davis Cup ties under his belt, with an 11-8 record in singles play. Roddick and Blake have one Davis Cup match between them, a meaningless victory by Roddick after Switzerland had already clinched a win over the U.S. earlier this year.
The U.S. must win this weekend's tie to return to the 16-team World Group which will compete for the 2002 Davis Cup title. The losing nation will be relegated to zonal competition and couldn't return to the top level of Davis Cup play until at least 2003.
Great, that Patrick McEnroe went with Blake instead of Martin. The earlier these young guys get used to the Davis Cup, the better it is for the future.
James will do his job just fine, and watch the USA easily beat India this weekend.
Seldon: I agree that the decision to "go young" from here on out so the team can grow and mature together, is a very good idea.
Blake and Roddick are both in the same boat.. both have never played a live singles rubber before.
I'm sure they are up to it though. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
I just thought it was unfortunate that Todd didn't get to play, in what may be one of his last ties. However, he is admirabley supportive of any decisions that Pat makes, and a great role model for the young guys.
Was this a men tennis board,too at the beginning? :confused:
Uhhh, no. Why the hell is this bumped?
But why are here things from Davis Cup? :p
I bumped this,because I wanted to know if this was a men tennis board,too :lol: :o
Check out the rankings now.
01 Roger Federer...... SUI 01*
02 Rafael Nadal....... ESP 08
03 David Nalbandian... ARG 06
04 Andy Roddick....... USA 12
05 Ivan Ljubicic...... CRO 02
06 Nikolay Davydenko.. RUS 07
07 James Blake........ USA 04
08 Gaston Gaudio...... ARG 32
09 Guillermo Coria.... ARG 74
10 Andre Agassi....... USA 86
11 Lleyton Hewitt..... AUS 22
12 Radek Stepanek..... CZE 13
13 Nicolas Kiefer..... GER 11
14 Thomas Johansson... SWE 66
15 David Ferrer....... ESP 15
16 Robby Ginepri...... USA 86
17 Mario Ancic........ CRO 10
18 Sebastien Grosjean. FRA 15
19 Tommy Robredo...... ESP 43
20 Jarkko Nieminen.... FIN 09
Player development has some positives.
a) There was no mtf
b) Poe didn't have enough adminimods to properly persecute folks who posted men's tennis threads back then ;)
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