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Tennis Briefs(3): U.S. Davis & Fed Cup, One-on-One Doubles

April 9, 2014 01:47 PM
U.S. to Host Slovak Rep. in Sept. Davis Cup Playoff Round

QuerreyIsnerDavisCup2010-webWin and you're in for 2015. Lose and you're relegated to zonal play, with no chance of competing in the Davis Cup World Group until 2016.

The U.S. will host the Slovak Republic at a site yet to be determined when the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff round is held on Sept. 12-14, 2014. The winner of the match-up will remain in the Davis Cup World Group for 2015.

The U.S. lost its first round match to Great Britain in February of this year.
 
The USTA will determine the location for the U.S. vs. Slovak Republic match, pending ITF approval. the U.S. holds a 2-0 record over the Slovak Republic in Davis Cup. The U.S. last faced the Slovak Republic in the 2003 World Group Playoff in Bratislava, where the U.S. won, 3-2, with a U.S. team led by Andy Roddick, who won the US Open singles title the week before the match, Mardy Fish, and Bob and Mike Bryan. The U.S. also played the Slovak Republic in the 2002 World Group First Round in Oklahoma City, with the U.S. winning the tie, 5-0.

Currently the top two U.S. player are John Isner (ranked No. 9) and Bradley Klahn (No. 65), and in doubles the Bryan brothers (No. 1). The top Slovak players are Martin Klizan (No. 78) and Lukas Lacko (No. 98), and in doubles Michal Mertinak and Filip Polasek (Nos. 88 and 100 individually).

Other World Group Playoff match-ups Sept. 12-14 will be Serbia at India, Spain at Brazil, Argentina at Israel, Colombia at Canada, Uzbekistan at Australia, Croatia at Netherlands, and Belgium at Ukraine. The World Group semifinals that same weekend will feature Czech Republic at France, and Italy at Switzerland.

Founded in 1900, Davis Cup is the world's largest annual international men's team competition with 130 nations competing this year. The U.S. leads all nations with 32 Davis Cup titles. The United States holds a 213-68 all-time Davis Cup record and owns the longest uninterrupted run in the World Group, dating to 1989.

For more info go to www.DavisCup.com.


Stephens, Keys in U.S. Fed Cup Playoffs v France

 
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Madison Keys (photo: Jose Medina)
The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez today announced that world No. 18 and 2013 Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57 Christina McHale will represent the United States in the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff against France.

The best-of-five match series will be played at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University on April 19-20. The winner will advance to the 2015 World Group and have a chance to compete for the Fed Cup title next year. The loser will be relegated to World Group II for 2015.
 
French Captain Amelie Mauresmo announced that France's team will consist of world No. 22 Alize Cornet, No. 74 Caroline Garcia, No. 76 Virginie Razzano and No. 87 Kristina Mladenovic.
 
"We have a great combination of experience and talent competing in this Fed Cup tie against France," Fernandez said. "We are excited to be led by Sloane, a strong Top 20 competitor, as well as promising young players in Madison and Christina, who have both performed well this year and have Fed Cup experience. Varvara always comes up big in Fed Cup as well and loves competing for her country."
 
Single-day tickets are still available. Prices for single-day tickets range from $40-95 per day. Additional ticket fees apply. Tickets can be purchased via www.ticketmaster.com or www.usta.com/fedcup, by calling 888-334-USTA (8782), or by visiting the Chaifetz Arena Box Office.
 
The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. Fed Cup is the world's largest annual international women's team competition (96 countries have entered for 2014). For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Tennis Channel will present live daily coverage of the World Group Playoff.
 

Redlicki Beats Pernfors in One-on-One Doubles Plantation Final

 
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From left: champ Martin Redlicki and
finalist Mikael Pernfors

Martin Redlicki, the 18-year-old US Open juniors doubles champion from last year, defeated former ATP Top 10-ranked Mikael Pernfors 4-2 in the final of the One-on-One Doubles tournament at Hawks Landing Club in Plantation, Fla.

Redlicki, who has committed to Duke University, earned the $2,000 first place prize. Third place went to teen Spencer Papa, a University of Tulsa commit, who defeated Ricardo Mena in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Other quarterfinalists were Denis Zivkovic, Chris Henderson, Eric Hechtman and Stefano Ianni. Other competitors included 1979 Wimbledon singles runner-up Roscoe Tanner, and Andy Lake, winner of 31 USTA Gold Balls.

One-on-One Doubles pits two singles players against each other, but playing cross-court tennis only. The doubles alleys are good, and players have to serve and volley on both first and second serves. One-on-One Doubles tournament events, endorsed by USTA Florida, include food, live music and more, part of a four-tournament circuit in Florida in 2014.

Remaining events on the One-on-One four-tournament Florida swing:

May 3 -- Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club, Valrico
Oct. 25 -- Avila Golf & Country Club, Tampa

"I think that tennis fans who enjoy live music will really enjoy attending the One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit tournament events," says organizer Ed Krass. "With a $2,000 first prize, $1,000 second prize, $750 third prize and $250 fourth prize, many players will be encouraged to enter. The Compass tournament format is short sets to 4 games, no-add scoring. If a player loses early, they can keep on playing in the compass draw."

The $80 entry fee includes tournament play, the Player Reception Party, and the Rockin' Blues Concert. A $15 guest fee admits guests to the Player Reception Party. The one-division event (men and women in the same draw) will be played on green clay (Har-Tru).

"What makes the game exciting is that many of the top 35- and 40-year-old players have a shot to beat the younger players in this game of One-On-One Doubles," Krass says.

For more information about One-On-One Doubles tournaments, visit www.oneononedoubles.com or call Ed Krass at (813) 684-9031.

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