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sseemiller
02-22-2004, 11:18 PM
Hey, new site, with new emoticons. I love it. Perhaps a new start. :mrgreen:

Anyway, the news out of Spain is that the tie between Spain and the Netherlands will be played in Palma, Mallorca, on clay (what a surprise :D). The Tennis Channel will be covering this one. :)

As for the US vs. Sweden, we understand there is a bid for the USTA to hold the Davis Cup tie April 9-11 in Carson, Calif. ESPN will be covering this one, which means only one singles match will be shown on the first day. :cry:

Looks as though The Tennis Channel also will be covering Belarus vs. Argentina, but not Switzerland vs. France. I would have preferred the latter, but can't complain about the former. Lovely to see great Davis Cup coverage. 8)

Take care.

Susan

roundiesee
02-22-2004, 11:57 PM
Glad to see you back Susan. Hope you'll stay this time. Now if we can only get Special K to come as well.... :D

Camilio Pascual
02-23-2004, 03:27 AM
Suan - Thank you for the helpful info. Yes, let's hope it is a new start.

Rabbit
02-23-2004, 05:41 AM
Let me add my props as well. Great to see you posting.

@wright
02-23-2004, 05:51 AM
Hi Susan. Hope you like the new format.

sseemiller
02-23-2004, 02:39 PM
Thanks, guys. I do like this new format, and I'll try to stick with the news. Although an opinion may venture in every now and again. :wink:

Forgot to mention that a city in So. Florida also is bidding for the Davis Cup, but since the event is so close to the Nasdaq 100, folks are worried ticket sales will be sluggish -- may be better to have it at a place that hasn't seen live tennis in a bit. We should know soon.

Susan

PureCarlosMoyaDrive
02-23-2004, 07:11 PM
Where is Carson again? I would love to see Davis Cup, but out here in S.F., that like doesn't exist to us. I would be there rooting for Joachim like no other.....

Anyways, big boy Moya in his home-town, can't touch him, same with Rafael. Add Lopez and Ferrero, unstoppable. Can't wait to watch that on TTC. Wish they would get France-Switzerland so I could see Fed own up.

sseemiller
02-23-2004, 10:15 PM
Probably will be Robredo over Lopez, as the idea is to groom Nadal and Robredo as the next Corretja/Costa doubles team for Spain.

Anyway, the location of the USA and Spanish ties will be officially announced on Tuesday. See below:

Davis Cup Quarterfinal Sites Announced

By Tennis Week
02/23/2004

Belarus put Minsk on the World Group map with its stunning upset of 2002 Davis Cup champion Russia in last month's opening-round tie. Belarus will try to extend its stay in the World Group when it returns to Minsk to host perennial power Argentina in April.

The Davis Cup quarterfinals will be staged October 9-11th. The International Tennis Federation announced the sites for two ties today. Switzerland, led by world No. 1 Roger Federer, will host 2001 Davis Cup champion France in Prilly near Lausanne. Though France has won nine of its 11 Davis Cup ties against Switzerland, this quarterfinal is a rematch of last year's quarterfinal clash, which the Swiss won 3-2 on the strength of three points from Federer.

The venues for the two other quarterfinals the United States vs. Sweden and Spain vs. the Netherlands will be announced tomorrow.

Although the Palma de Mallorca site has been made official in the Spanish press.

Good luck to Moya this week!

peter
02-24-2004, 12:52 AM
I've heard rumours that the USA-Sweden tie might be played
on clay.

Reasoning is that even though clay would be bad
for both countries, it would be more bad for Sweden than
USA.

What is your feelings regarding this?

sseemiller
02-24-2004, 01:09 PM
I haven't heard that yet, but perhaps that's why the USTA has requested a further delay in naming a venue. Palma de Mallorca has been confirmed.

The two venues under consideration appear to be Delray and Carson (which is just a little south of LA, I believe).

I certainly think clay would make it a more interesting tie in many respects. Roddick does have clay titles, and the Bryans won Roland Garros last year. And good ole Vince Spadea did pretty well on clay last year. Perhaps he'll get the call. :lol:

Susan

python
02-24-2004, 01:14 PM
Susan,

Do you know how much US players are compensated for playing in a Davis Cup tie? I assume the top stars like Roddick get more, but I'm very curious if it is considered a plum job or if playing is more of an honor than financial reward.

Thanks for any insight you might have.

Max G.
02-24-2004, 02:18 PM
Well, I don't know the exact amount - but from what I hear, it's not much for the top players. For the players good enough to get the call for the US Davis Cup team, the money is pretty low in comparison to what they make elsewhere. The honor of playing is much more important than the money.

cenzo
02-24-2004, 03:41 PM
A very hearty welcome back Susan :D .

Rabbit
02-24-2004, 05:13 PM
I read somewhere that they get 100K for the weekend (singles). I'm not sure about the doubles players.

sseemiller
02-24-2004, 06:41 PM
I do know they get paid an appearance fee, but it's not a fortune by their standards. Rabbit's number may be right. I'd have to research it more. I think most players, including the younger top players, consider it such an honor to get the call; the pay is secondary.

Anyway, here's more on U.S. Davis Cup location. Nothing is mentioned about clay, although there is innuendo in this article based on the Swedish players' recent successes:

Delray Beach still is in the running to host Davis Cup quarterfinal.

By Dave George, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 24, 2004



The Delray Beach Tennis Center and at least three other sites are on the short list to serve as host of April's Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the U.S. and Sweden. The decision is expected this week.

The United States Tennis Association received from the International Tennis Federation an extension on the announcement, which originally was scheduled for today. Los Angeles; Fort Worth, Texas; and Baton Rouge, La., are other sites under consideration and there may be a few more.

USTA officials, who are determined to find the site and the playing surface that will give the American team the greatest home-court advantage, weren't talking Monday.

"I'm encouraged," said Brahm Dubin, whose JCD Sports Group manages the Delray complex for the city. "We've had good discussions and I believe we submitted a very strong bid."

Recent successes by members of the Swedish Davis Cup team may play into the decision. Joachim Johansson won his first ATP title Sunday at Memphis and Thomas Enqvist upset top-seeded Andy Roddick in the same tournament. Memphis is an indoor hard-court event, which might work against the bids of Fort Worth and Baton Rouge, also indoor hard-court sites. Delray Beach and Los Angeles are outdoor hard-court surfaces.

"There could be some last-second shuffling," USTA spokesman Randy Walker said. "We expect to make an announcement within 48 to 72 hours."

Delray Beach would be an easy commute from Roddick's Boca Raton home. He led a 5-0 sweep of Austria two weeks ago in a first-round Davis Cup match at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

@wright
02-24-2004, 06:47 PM
I would say even by ATP standards, 6 figures for 3 days is pretty substantial, even if it doesn't measure up to the bones FedEx cashed at the Master's Cup last year. I'm in the wrong business!

BreakPoint
02-24-2004, 08:11 PM
I would be shocked if American players got $100K for playing the Davis Cup. I think they receive much, much less than that, if anything. I mean, the winner of the Siebel Open only gets like $50K.

I think most pros are honored to get the opportunity to play for their country and couldn't really care less about the money. I could be totally wrong but I think they only get enough to cover their expenses, and maybe some pocket change for the weekend.

jeebeesus
02-25-2004, 09:57 AM
Glad to see u r back Susan. :lol: