Dusseldorf is dead!!!

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  1. timnz

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    After 33 years the World Team Championship is dead.

    I think it hosted some great matches. I think that Rafter reached his zenith on clay (his least favoured surface) there in 1999. He seemed to beat the clay court experts easily that year.

    http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20101214/Dusseldorf_pre-French_Open_event_killed_by_no_sponsorship

    I think there that this is the time to move the French Open to being one week earlier....... (And also make Wimbledon one week later).... creating a real grass court season.
     
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  2. Moose Malloy

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    The 1985 final was pretty memorable. Lendl beat Mac in a great match, 67, 76, 63 before Mecir lost to Connors in one of the strangest matches I've ever seen. Mecir went up in the 3rd set, got so nervous he started serving underhand, which didn't work out too well. But he could still play great on return games. Connors eventually put him out of his misery & Flach/Seguso clinched the event for the US in the 3rd match.
     
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  3. SuperDuy

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    How old was he?
     
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  4. urban

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    I have many memories of the Rochus-Club tournament, because i live nearby. Before the Nations Cup there was an older small ATP event. I recall, that i went there one day, and saw Borg routing Orantes, and before Dibbs, Pilic, Mottram play. One player, whose style i found very sound, was the Pole Wojtek Fibak.
    In the Nations Cup, later World Team Cup i remember fondly a match Ashe-Alexander, when Alexander hit some of the biggest serves i have seen. I saw Vilas in his prime, beating Borg. I remember strongly a doubles: Vilas/ Clerc-Panatta/Bertolucci, where Vilas played as hard and explosive, i have ever seen him play. Clerc was the first, who played the tweener. In 1984, i saw Mac in his pomp, most interesting was a practice set with Arias on a training court from a meter distance. How Mac hit his groundies without any backswing. Lendl one year routed Wilander, no mean feat on clay. Wilander i saw first in 1982 on a practice court, he was a fresh prodigy then, but a month later won RG out of nowhere. With the then completely unknown Pat Cash i took a cup of coffee. he was coached by Neale Fraser then and had to play some Argentinian grinder.
    The men, who were extreme crowds pleasers, were Connors and especially Panatta and Leconte. Panatta always started slowly, but he responded to the crowd. To the shouting of "Adriano, Adriano" he came to life and rescued many matches in the last set tiebreaker. He came to the net even on clay. So many memories, i even talked briefly with my favorite tennis writers, Rex Bellamy and John Parsons, there.
     
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  5. Joe Pike

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    No way!
    I've been there today and it is alive and kicking.
     
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  6. bluetrain4

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    I always enjoyed the event and it usually got a good number of name players among the teams competing.
     
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  7. Moose Malloy

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    new sponsorship came through, so tournament is back on the calendar(according to tennis channel ticker)
     
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  8. tacou

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    this is a tournament that would benefit I believe from Davis cup moving to an every two or four yaer format
     
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  9. Moose Malloy

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    Now its officially dead:

     
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  10. The Meat

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    Tirac is back with more of the blue stuff :twisted:
     
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  11. Hood_Man

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    Ugh, to think I once lived only 25-30 minutes away from there when I was a young kid :evil:
     
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  12. hoosierbr

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    Rainer Schuettler will be involved in organizing the tournament and I believe is a part owner as well.
     
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  13. roundiesee

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    I will always remember this as a great tournament where many famous players took part, especially my 2 favourites then, Mac and Jimbo. For 2 rivals who appear never to get along, they seemed to team up well in this event, and like you mentioned, won this in '85. Have they ever won in other years as well?
     
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  14. novak.20v

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    Fibak was a great player. It's his misfortune to have been born behind the Iron Curtain.
     
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