Match Points – Nov. 16, 2014

News and notes from around the game, updated throughout the day.

Djoker says Fed is unsure for Davis Cup

In his press conference Sunday in London, after his one-set exhibition against Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic said he spoke to Roger Federer and the man said he was unsure whether he’d be able to make the date for the Davis Cup final next week.

Definitely going to be a front-burner story all week.

But in the end there are only three possible outcomes even if you know the Swiss team will keep it all shrouded in secrecy until the very end.

1) Federer’s spasms pass, and he’s okay, if a bit sore as a result of the spasms (probably will skip the dubs, tho).

2) Federer’s not feeling great, tries on Friday. It doesn’t go well, and he’s done for the weekend (but maybe tries to play dubs).

3) Things don’t get much better, and Stan Wawrinka is going to have to try to be the hero.

It’s not like this highly-anticipated matchup wasn’t already full of narratives, stories and intrigue.

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Meanwhile, les Bleus sont arrivés

After a training camp in Bordeaux, the French Davis Cup squad arrived in Lille about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Looking at that prehistoric-looking flying machine they traveled in, impressed they actually made it.

Here’s a neat time-lapse video showing how you build a clay court in an indoor arena toot sweet.

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Raonic out of Budapest exhibition Monday

The Canadian had been scheduled to take part in an exhibition that also included Ernests Gulbis, Fabio Fognini and Dominic Thiem.

Here’s his Facebook message to the fans last Monday.

With the injury suffered at the World Tour Finals, Raonic is out. Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany fills in.

Gulbis plays Fognini, and Kohlschreiber plays Thiem. Raonic’s Race for Kids charity event goes Nov. 25 in Toronto. Click here to make a donation.

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More Canadians on the exho tour

NeckerIsland

Genie Bouchard was still in Montreal as of Saturday, so she’s got to hustle to make her date, along with countryman Vasek Pospisil (NO, they’re not DATING), at the annual Necker Cup, an exhibition shmoozefest in which well-heeled (that means big buck$) tennis fans get to compete with current and former players all week long in a luxury resort in the British Virgin Islands.

Bouchard was at Uniprix Stadium on Saturday, saying hiya to a bunch of 10-and-under kids.

Among those participating (we’re putting their first names because the posh people get to call them by their first names all week!): Bjorn, Boris, Marion, Bob and Mike, BG, Kim, Vashy and Genie. And Michael Russell. And Murray (Jamie, not Andy).

Let’s put it this way: $10,000 from a package registration for two people goes towards a charitable foundation. So you can imagine what the full ride is. But hey, people who took part in 2012 or 2013 get a $5,000 discount for each year they were there.

Plus, Jack Daniels is an official sponsor. So, good times.

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Another Rafa-Ronaldo poker challenge for charity

Ronaldo-Rafa

It was originally supposed to take place Nov. 6, during that week between Paris and the World Tour Finals.

But Nadal had a few other more important issues to take care of, so it’s scheduled for Tuesday in London.

Not sure who would pay money to watch this, but if it goes to charity (an earlier challenge reportedly raised nearly 80,000 pounds), go to it.

Nadal won their first clash (and we’ll all remember the side-do). Ronaldo says he’s been working on his strategy, so watch out!

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Oudin struggling after pterygium surgery

As discussed in an earlier post, pterygiums may be an occupational hazard for people who spend a lot of time in the sun. But it’s pretty barbaric stuff to get them removed (basically, they scrape and cut them out of your eyeball), and there’s a strong possibility of reccurrence.

So wear your Oakleys.

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