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    If i'm straight in to the french i'll rest, if not, quallies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Odds on me getting a WC for Roland Garros? I'll go in the qualifiers anyway, else I'll play at Nice.
    Well given that I don't need to qualify now, I'll go into Nice. Need some clay practise fast.
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    Teams for the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf have been finalised:

    Germany
    Becker Haas
    Gunther Heug
    Manfried Manz
    Walter Schiller

    United States
    Darcy Cowan
    Jason Bradley
    Hugh James
    Ralph Robinson

    West CWLand
    Sven Oxenstierna
    Heath Davis
    Jojo Mustard

    East CWLand
    Spas Delev
    Roy Daniels
    Matt Bre


    Hungary
    Zoltán Varga
    János Varga
    Imre Medgyessy

    Serbia
    Danijel Micic
    Srdjan Ivic
    OUT Savo Petkovia
    Dusko Milosevic
    IN Viktor Bosich

    Spain
    Ion Andueza
    Sanchez Emelio
    Juan Manuel Cortés

    Italy
    Antonio Bachunelli
    Michael De Kinsele
    Sandro Bachunelli

    West CWLand will operate on a rotational basis to give all players a go.

    And the draw:

    Blue Group

    Hungary
    Serbia
    Spain
    West CWLand

    Red Group
    East CWLand
    Germany
    Italy
    United States

    PTA Ranking Points

    Singles 1
    1st R: +35
    2nd R: +35
    3rd R: +35
    *Finals: +95
    **Bonus Points: +50

    Singles 2
    1st R: +25
    2nd R: +25
    3rd R: +25
    *Finals: +50
    **Bonus Points: +50

    Doubles Deciding Match
    1st R: +35
    2nd R: +35
    3rd R: +35
    *Finals: +95
    **Bonus Points: +50

    Doubles Dead Rubber
    1st R: +10
    2nd R: +10
    3rd R: +10
    *Finals: +20
    **Bonus Points: 0

    * Player who only play the finals will be awarded points from the previous round

    ** Players must win all 4 matches and be part of the winning team in order to earn the Bonus Points
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    In average ranking terms, which of these teams are the best? West CWLand must have a pretty decent team with the Ox (4), Jojo (14?) and myself (29?)
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    Westerners easily the strongest here, but the Blue Group is the tougher group. Hungary are OK, though.

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    Full draw

    A field that has been hit by a torrent of injuries now looks pretty weak in the last traditional tournament before Roland Garros. Jefferson Drake leads the back, but he joins two other Madrid quarter finalists in the top four seeds in a pretty strong top handful of players. Despite a disappointing exit late last week in Madrid, Drake was starting to show some real touch and could cap off a solid Open preparation with a tournament win here. He's on the first line of betting, and realistically should run himself into some form by the semis. Drake vs. Carlo Amato is the match I suspect most people want to see by semi final time, and I'm not sure there's many players standing in their way.

    In the other half, Brett Read has a good chance of seeing second round and maybe even quarter final action. Mark Harmel has watched his ranking plumet with a string of bad results, while Toby Brookes makes a winnable second opponent. Although this is the first time this tournament has been held, Brookes is effectively the defending champion having won Pörtschach which was replaced this year by Nice.

    Prediction: Jefferson Drake def. Patrick Pascaul
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    Düsseldorf OOP - Sunday & Monday

    SUNDAY
    CENTRE COURT 1

    1:00 PM
    Red: (1) Haas vs. (1) A. Bachunelli
    Red: (2) Heug vs. (2) De Kinsele
    not before 4:00 p.m.
    Blue: (1) Oxenstierna vs. (1) Z. Varga

    CENTRE COURT 2
    1:00 PM
    Blue: Ivic (1) vs. Andueza (1)
    Blue: Micic (1) vs. Emelio (1)
    not before 4:00 p.m.
    Red: Bre (2) vs. Bradley (2)

    MONDAY
    CENTRE COURT 1

    1:00 PM
    Red: GER vs ITA Doubles
    not before 2:30 p.m.
    Red: (1) Delev vs. (1) Cowan
    not before 5:00 p.m.
    Blue: FRC vs. HUN Doubles

    CENTRE COURT 2
    1:00 PM
    Blue: (2) Mustard vs. (2) J. Varga
    followed by
    Red: SRB vs. ESP Doubles
    not before 5:00 p.m.
    Red: CDR vs. USA Doubles

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    Haha, quality team from the East 8|
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Haha, quality team from the East 8|


    Not quite the team we were three months ago game time (and about 18 months real time).

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    Oh man, a dog of a draw with most of the 100+ ranked players looking to qualify later this week. Scotland Rivers leads the high ranked guys who are allergic to clay, guys with rankings above 200 and Rob Bowenburg. Rivers should sleepwalk into the semis at least, and in reality should coast into the final. He can tune up against ordinary players before facing bigger tests like Jeremy Natale and Tu Haifeng later on.

    Bowenburg has it a bit tougher with no qualifiers or wildcards to pad out his section, but he'd be disappointed with anything less than a semi final. He's in the best form of any one in the draw, but a week out from the French Open this is a puzzling choice to play here. Ivars Emsis has played a lot of tennis on hard courts and could spring the surprise.

    Prediction: Rivers def. Emsis.

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    I'll put up the qualifying draw for Roland Garros (kill me now ) after the first round of action in Nice and Cremona, and Tuesday in Düsseldorf. I just whacked pretty much every CWLander old and new in there.

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    ARAG World Team Cup II
    PTA 250 - Sunday (Day One) - Düsseldorf, Germany - Clay (Red)

    • Sven Oxenstierna vs. Zoltán Varga promised a lot but delivered little as the World No. 4 gave West CWLand a 1-0 lead after Sunday in Düsseldorf. Arguably the two best clay players in the draw and certainly the pair in the best form, Oxenstierna would have expected a tough hitout to perfect his Roland Garros preparation. But it wasn't Zoltán Varga at his best as the Hungarian struggled for rhythm throughout the match as Oxenstierna coasted to a 6-3, 6-3 win. The scoreline flattered the Hungarian as Oxenstierna never looked troubled in his dominant straight sets win.


    • There was less to be happy about for East CWLand as Matt Bre was thrashed by the USA's Jason Bradley. Sending the East down 0-1, Bre's lack of form was shown up by the American journeyman who eased to a 6-3, 6-1 win. It doesn't get any easier tomorrow with Spas Delev facing top ten player Darcy Cowan who appears for the first time since Miami.


    • Elsewhere, Germany and Italy are tied at one rubber each with Serbia and Spain locked at the same score.


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    Open de Nice Côte d'Azur II
    PTA 250 - 1st Round - Nice, France - Clay (Red)

    • Brett Read has made an unblemished start to his week in Nice as the West CWLandish qualifier made light work of Belgium's Mark Harmel. Harmel's form has been rat**** as of late, but he and Read employ similar styles as the two engaged in a largely uneventful baseline affair. But the World No. 141 was clearly too good as a baseline war against a player without dangerous ground strokes is well in his comfort zone as he cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win to move to the round of 16. He now plays Alex Peters after the German tamed Toby Brookes 6-2, 6-3. Interestingly, Brookes won the now defunct Pörtschach tournament this week last year and in the semi finals ousted Read 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the way to his title.


    • Seeded players out: Toby Brookes; Sergio Joaquín.

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