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USTA FL Blog: Friday Davis Cup Results; "Let" Rule; More

September 14, 2012 01:15 PM

DavisCupLogoUSAThere's nothing tougher than trying to go into Spain on the red clay in Davis Cup play and come out with a win. In fact, the U.S. hasn't been able to do so in 40 years.

The first day of the U.S.-Spain Davis Cup semifinal match is complete, and Spain leads 2-0. David Ferrer put Spain out in front with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Sam Querrey in the opener. John Isner and Nicolas Almagro followed, and the Spaniard outlasted the big-serving American 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

On Saturday the Bryan brothers will attempt to keep the U.S. alive in the tie in doubles versus Spain's Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.


"Let's" get ready to rumble! "Let" the games begin! I've got a million of 'em! The ATP's recently-convened "ATP Competition Committee" is already starting to shake-up pro tennis. During the US Open they proposed, and the ATP Board adopted, a trial for the first three months of play on the 2013 ATP Challenger (minor league) circuit where they will play service "lets."

"Let's" on the senior tour? Ahhhrrrgh!
In other words, when the server's serve hits the net and dribbles over, it's their point. Or if the service hits the net and pops up and is playable in the service box, the returner can take a crack at it. It is no longer a service do-over, but the ball is live.

"Although this change will not materially reduce the length of a match, we believe it should have a positive impact on the flow of the match," said ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett. "We're certainly not ready yet to eliminate the service let, but believe a trial at the ATP Challenger level will be a good way to test this initiative in a competitive environment and get feedback from players and the public before deciding if it could be adapted more broadly."

The six-person ATP Competition Council include's Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., resident and former ATP Vice President of Player Services Weller Evans, who last month qualified with his team for the USTA Florida Adult League Sectional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

Do you think service lets should be played on the pro tour? Vote here on our Facebook page. "Let" your opinion be heard! Heh.


Anyone else have US Open TV hangover? Find yourself migrating to the TV to see who is playing, them realizing the Open is over?

Boca Raton's Vicky Duval enjoyed her time in the spotlight during the US Open, drawing Kim Clijsters first round after unexpectedly winning the USTA Girls' 18s hardcourts and receiving the US Open main draw wildcard. "She was super-nice with me in the locker room," Duval said of Clijsters. "Venus [Williams] was like, 'You played really well, I enjoyed watching you play.' Has she exchanged texts with Venus? "I mean, I hope I get her number one day!" she giggled. "I saw Venus and I didn't want to be a creeper so I didn't say anything. But she talked to me so I was like, 'Hi! I kind of love you!'"

Pembroke Pines' 14-year-old Stefan Kozlov got a bolt of extra confidence during the US Open Boys' tournament when he was asked to be a hitting partner for Roger Federer. "It was crazy," Kozlov told www.zootennis.com. "I got so much confidence hitting with him the first time. It was very exciting. Great guy...I was hitting the ball well. I wasn't missing much, so I was pretty happy."

Florida residents Samantha Crawford (Tamarac/Atlanta, Ga.) and Allie Kiick (Plantation) gained a women's main draw wildcard at the US Open after winning the USTA Nationals Girls' 18s doubles title. In Flushing Meadows they lost a tight first-round match 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 to the Liga Dekmeijere and Mervana Jugic-Salkic, but still reveled in the moment of the big stage. "We started playing together, when we were what, 12?," said Kiick as reported by www.zootennis.com. "We played in a (Florida) Super Series together then and we were talking about what we made it to -- the US Open main draw." Crawford added, "She said, 'When we were 12, did you think we would be playing here?'"

Kiick added, "It's really exciting, because we made it this far together...We know each other really well, which I think helps a lot. When I'm upset, she knows how to get me happy again."


Also check out the interesting shoot-from-the-hip blog of Naple's Larry Turville, the playing captain of the U.S. Von Cramm Cup (Men's 60 & over) team at the 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships hosted by the Hrvatski Teniski Savez (Croatian Tennis Association), Sept. 10-15, 2012 in Umag, Croatia.
Happy weekending
The weekly USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach






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