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i know it's very tough do it for FRANCE,but I'm still hoping they get revenge after Nice 1999.

GO GO FRANCE GO GO!!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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You should have named this poll "Whom do you want to win", because no person in healthy mind<br />and some knowledge of tennis can think that France even has a shot.
 

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Well, Becca, isn't it fair after all? Aussies ( whom I really want to lose ) beat France in their previous final on clay, beat Brazil on clay, beat US on hardcourts. Now they are doing to France what Spain did to them last year. If it would be up to me,<br /> I'd chance the rule of surface choice - soemthing like - hosts bring the choice of TWO surfaces, and visitors chose one of those two. THis way Spain, Brazil or France could veto grass in Australia, but<br />at the same time, they wouldn't haev a privilege<br />of putting everyone on clay ( which France is not doing anyway )..
 

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You should have named this poll "Whom do you want to win", because no person in healthy mind<br />and some knowledge of tennis can think that France even has a shot. <hr></blockquote> <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> <img src="graemlins/firey.gif" border="0" alt="[Fiery]" />

I might be french and biased but with players like Grosjean, Pioline, Escudé, Clément etc we can beat any team. Rafter's shoulder hurts him (it's not what I wanted tho) and I'm sure french players are now able to match up with the best.<br />Besides who would have thought we'd win it in 1991 and 1996?<br />Anyway, I hope the best team will win but saying that the french team doesn't have a shot is a bit harsh.<br />Davis cup is not a regular tournament.

[ November 19, 2001: Message edited by: Julien ]</p>
 

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Pioline is the past. Clement can't play on grass at all. Escude and Grosjean are decent grass players, but nowhere in the class of Hewiit or Rafter. Even if Australia plays Arthurs at the second singles spot, the money will be on him against either Frenchman.
 

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If you say so... <br />No use to reply anyway lol. Let's say that I wish to see some good tennis.

ALLEZ LES GARS en tout cas lol.
 

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Of course he did hehe in fourth round. <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

[ November 19, 2001: Message edited by: Julien ]</p>
 

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if Rafter is the same of the Masters,he will lose to Grosjean for sure.french double is very good,the can play well on grass so i think they can also win.<br />if Australia did beat France in Nice 99 on CLAY,France can do it on GRASS.

<br />GO FRENCH TEAM!!!!
 

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I still wish they would have played on Rebound Ace though.

I heard that Australia's team, might substitute Wayne Arthurs, who is a good grass court player, in for Rafter? Anyone else hear about that?

Who will play singles for France? I assume Pioline will make up half of the doubles pair? Then they have Grosjean, Clement, and Escude..am I missing someone.

France definately has far more depth. However, I will be surprised if Hewitt doesn't get two singles wins. No disrespect to the French team..he's just been playing so well and is so confident right now.<br />So Australia would only neec one more singles win, or the doubles, if that happened.

However, the more I type, the more I realize it isn't impossible for France to win..it would just be easier for them on Rebound Ace.

Regardless,... I hope it goes to a fifth rubber )
 

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You're forgetting Santoro Becca. He'll play with Pioline. Apparently Grosjean and Escudé will play the singles (forget will decide after tha practice) and Pioline/Santoro in doubles.
 

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apparently Pioline is out,Forget did choose Grosjean and Escudè for single and Santoro/Clement (?) for double.i think Forget will change idea soon... <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Thanks Julien and Lindsayfan.

Escude was a very good choice over Clement. In fact, I'd have been very confused if they had picked Clement over Escude - who as done so much to keep his team in the cup run this year, and also defeated their top threat (Hewitt) on the surface it is going to be played on this year.

Santoro is a good doubles player, if I'm not mistaken. But is Clement?
 

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Escude has the game that could most trouble Hewitt.

If you really think that France doesn't have a chance, then you obviously know nothing about tennis. But then again, ys, you probably don't.

France has a good chance. With Rafter injured, even if Hewitt wins his two matches I think France has the upper hand. Doubles may be key... and without the Woodies for Australia, they might have trouble...
 

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Part of me tends to think that Australia has the upper hand in doubles.

Its arguable, but based on results Todd Woodbridge, is the best doubles player in the world.<br />He was half of the best with the woodies, then goes on to become the number one doubles team with a totally different partner the very next year - granted, Bjorkman is very good in doubles himself.

That said, I'm uncertain how good a doubles player that Arthurs is. He is however, a pretty good grass court player.

In all due respect to France, but if Rafter was in good form and not injured, I think this tie would be far less of a toss up. Rafter is certaintly one of the best players on grass, if not the best. However, the injury will prevent him from playing as well. Thus, Escude or Grosjean, may beat him.

Either way, it should b interesting <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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matthias im the same ..... like Pat but Potatoman ....... yuk

As long as Hewitt loses both his singles <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

and Pat gets the glory that'll do for me.
 

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TBE: unless Rafter finds a magic cure for his arm and shoulder over the next week, his team NEEDS Hewitt's singles wins in order for Rafter to win his first Davis Cup.

Hewitt didn't fare so well in his first two Cup finals.<br />In 1999 he lost both his singles rubbers, but Mark was there to save the day.

In 2000, he had the unfortunate task of facing Spaniards on clay. Costa he beat with some effort, but Ferrero was too much to handle.

In 2001 he is so far unbeaten in DC. I suspect he can beat Grosjean on grass, though Escude could be a huge threat.

A lot of this tie depends of Rafters form. If he is healthy by then, he's the best grass courter there. If not, Hewitt has a HUGE weight on his shoulders. However, he's been carrying hte team since last year, and I don't suspect him to stop now.

But maybe I'll be wrong and he'll lose. I don't know everything. I just like to think I do <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 
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