A quick look in at all the first-round Davis Cup ties going on in every corner of the planet Friday – from an indoor arena in Kazakhstan to a gorgeous clay court in Argentina, via an indoor clay court in Novi Sad, Serbia and rolling through Ostrava, Frankfurt, San Diego and a little town in France.
Alizé Cornet of the host country pulled off another three-hour marathon in her win over Andrea Petkovic.
A quick recap, with screen grabs from the first day of the Canada vs. Japan Davis Cup tie in Tokyo.
In case you chose not to stay up all night, which would have been the sane thing to do.
Canada and Japan are tied 1-1 after the first two singles rubbers in their first-round Davis Cup tie in Japan Friday.
Here’s Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau on the upcoming tie against Serbia – talking about the absence of Serbia’s big stars, Genie Bouchard’s value to the team, and how Stéphanie Dubois took the news of her being left off the squad.
Milos Raonic is out of Canada’s first-round tie against Japan in Tokyo, set to start Friday.
It’s a left ankle injury, first suffered during his first-round match at the Australian Open.
And it’s a near-certainty that Canada’s No. 2, Vasek Pospisil, struggling with a disc problem in his back, won’t even play the doubles on Saturday. He’s not in the lineup for Friday’s singles. Continue reading
MONTREAL – Canada will field the strongest squad in many years for its World Group II Fed Cup tie against Serbia, to be held at Montreal’s Centre Claude-Robillard Feb. 8 and 9.
But despite the absence of Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, it’s far from being in the bag.
In a move that shocks … well, not too many people, new coach Thomas Hogstedt has been excommunicated from Team Wozniacki after just a few tournaments.
Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki lost to Lucie Safarova in the second round in Sydney, and to up-and-coming Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain in a tough third-rounder in the heat in Melbourne.
An impressive effort by Kristina Mladenovic to defeat Oz Open quarterfinalist Simona Halep in straight sets on Wednesday. It continues a pattern for the Frenchwoman of doing awfully well at that tournament; it’s the site of her only previous top-10 victory. She gets Andrea Petkovic today and also has doubles.
Mladenovic left Oz the same time I did; knowing how zoned out I am, impressive she could even hit a tennis ball.
MELBOURNE – It’s not that often that people get to see a lighthearted version of Milos Raonic; most of the time, whether on the practice court or the match court, he’s as serious as a heart attack.
But here’s a moment – playing a little soccer tennis on Show Court 3 with his physio, trainer and … noted fun man Gaël Monfils.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil, forced to withdraw before his third-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, returned to Vancouver for additional diagnosis and treatment on his back.
He headed to Tokyo Sunday after having his first hit since Australia, and said he’s confident he’ll be able to play this weekend against Japan in the first round of Davis Cup.
But the 23-year-old isn’t too pleased with the advice he received in Australia about the back.
It’s a pretty high-level field in Paris for the GDF Suez, with top seed Maria Sharapova in action Wednesday to write over that Australian Open result. But wasn’t not an easy draw, against veteran Daniela Hantuchova (Update – she schooled her).