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babbette
03-05-2009, 06:09 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7924062.stm

The first day of Spain's Davis Cup tie against Serbia was postponed after strong winds damaged the purpose-built stadium in Benidorm.

Gusts of wind blew off some rows of seats and affected the whole stability of the 16,000-seat stadium, said the International Tennis Federation.

A decision will be made at 1000 GMT on whether the tie can be pushed back one day and played from Saturday to Monday.

World number one Rafael Nadal is due to return from injury in the tie.

Nadal has not played since losing to Andy Murray in the Rotterdam final on 15 February because of a knee injury.
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:shock: will they really manage to fix it for Saturday and if the do will it really be safe for spectators!

and it wasn't knee injury!

gj011
03-05-2009, 06:18 PM
I posted this in the Pro Match Results section as well.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=248896

Ok I understand that weather is bad, but couldn't they build more proper and secure stadium if such wind is possible there, or they could have organized the tie in some other venue. Spain has many of them on clay.

Also I think none of the players are happy to stay additional day or two in Spain and arrive late in Indian Wells which starts on Wednesday.

What if weather is bad for another couple of days or they can't fix the stadium?

NandoMania
03-05-2009, 07:03 PM
Typical slap dash construction. They do not build things the way they used to.

edmondsm
03-05-2009, 08:24 PM
Fire the engineer. So why are they in a temporary stadium? They can't play this tie in Valencia, Barca or Mardrid where they already have tennis stadiums.

tahiti
03-06-2009, 04:43 AM
Now they're planning on finishing up on Monday which means it'll be a tight schedule to IW. The setting of the stadium is beautiful could even match Monaco. They should have read the two week weather forecast though.

babbette
03-06-2009, 05:46 AM
I posted this in the Pro Match Results section as well.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=248896

Ok I understand that weather is bad, but couldn't they build more proper and secure stadium if such wind is possible there, or they could have organized the tie in some other venue. Spain has many of them on clay.

Also I think none of the players are happy to stay additional day or two in Spain and arrive late in Indian Wells which starts on Wednesday.

What if weather is bad for another couple of days or they can't fix the stadium?

oops sorry didn't know it was posted elsewhere. I'll post this pic in both though

http://i43.tinypic.com/9vi6fp.jpg

:shock:

tahiti
03-06-2009, 06:32 AM
What a pic! Good thing it happened yesterday with nobody there!

gj011
03-06-2009, 07:11 AM
oops sorry didn't know it was posted elsewhere. I'll post this pic in both though


No problem. Thanks for the pictures.

tahiti
03-06-2009, 07:20 AM
Fire the engineer. So why are they in a temporary stadium? They can't play this tie in Valencia, Barca or Mardrid where they already have tennis stadiums.

Apparently, there was an uproar last year when the Spanish captain chose to play in Madrid. It has to do with altitude and the way it affects players' games. But that doesn't explain Valencia, (yet.)