View Full Version : Davis Cup Semis In a Friggin' Bullring?
05-09-2008, 11:21 AM
That's actually pretty sweet. I have fond memories of watching all of the girls in my foreign study group cry their eyes out in this building as some horrible toreador butchered a bull.
05-09-2008, 11:49 AM
I guess the equivalent in the States would be a Davis Cup match in the middle of a NASCAR track infield.
05-09-2008, 12:43 PM
MADRID, Spain (AP)—Rejecting pleas from its players and coach, the Spanish tennis federation chose Madrid’s bullring Friday as the venue for the Davis Cup semifinal series against the United States.
The Spanish players had preferred one of the three other candidates— Benidorm, Tenerife and Gijon—for the Sept. 19-21 matchup against the defending champion Americans.
Rafael Nadal, the three-time French Open champion, was among eight Spanish players and captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario who signed an open letter this week denouncing the federation’s process for choosing the host city.
The team said Madrid’s 2,100-foot altitude will remove the team’s home-court advantage and accused federation president Pedro Munoz of favoring the capital city because of sponsorship money.
The Spaniards are at their best on a slow clay surface, while the Americans — led by hard-serving Andy Roddick—are likely to benefit from the higher altitude speeding up play.
It’s the first time in 10 years that Madrid will host a Davis Cup match.
Friday’s decision was made by a secret ballot of federation board members, with Munoz abstaining, national news agency Efe reported. Madrid received nine votes, Benidorm four, Gijon two and Tenerife one.
The players—also including fifth-ranked David Ferrer and former French Open champion Carlos Moya—have threatened to boycott all the promotional events for the federation and its sponsors as long as Munoz remains president.
“The problem is not so much the altitude but … at first he (Munoz) said he would adhere to the requests of the players and then he went back on his word. That is what hurt us, that he doesn’t honor his promises,” Sanchez Vicario told Radio Marca on Friday.
Madrid’s selection came three months after the city’s tourist office signed up as a key sponsor with the Davis Cup through 2010. Madrid also is bidding to host the 2016 Olympics.
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