Don't tell Maria Sharapova's agent but apparently the idea that black is beautiful has hit Asia.
The Cups - Davis and Fed
Todd Woodbridge is blasting the ITF for it's certification that India is safe enough for the Davis Cup tie between that country and Australia to be held.
Australia’s most capped Davis Cup player has accused the International Tennis Federation of being irresponsible for insisting the May 8-10 Davis Cup match against India go ahead as planned in Chennai.
Todd Woodbridge, who helped Australia win the Davis Cup and played in a national-record 32 matches, said the ITF shouldn’t expect the match to go ahead in Chennai when other international sports events were being canceled or moved abroad due to regional tensions.
“The main thing right now in India is that there are elections underway—there’s been deaths because of these elections in other parts of India, not in Chennai where this tie will be played,” Woodbridge told Fairfax Radio on Wednesday. “But how can we expect our team to go and play in India when everybody else in that region is pulling out?
“I think it’s irresponsible for the ITF to expect us as players to go there and put ourselves on the line in a very, very difficult predicament with the way their social system’s running.”
Australia has again appealed that decision.
Woodbridge, who retired in 2005 after winning an ATP record 83 men’s doubles titles, including 16 at Grand Slams and the 1996 Olympic gold medal, said Australia risked a ban if it opted out of the Asia-Oceania zonal match against India, and that could end former top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt’s chances of representing his country again.
Lleyton Hewitt has already pulled out saying that this is the European clay court season and that it would be too much for him to practice on hard courts and go back to the dirt.
Meanwhile the Fed Cup is being held this weekend. Good luck to all the women playing. I don't think the United States team is going to do so well though. I hope I'm wrong.
WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS
ITALY v RUSSIA
Venue: Nova Yardinia, Castellaneta Marina, ITA (clay – outdoors)
Captain: Corrado Barazzutti
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev
CZECH REPUBLIC v USA
Venue: Starobrno Rondo Arena, Brno, CZE (carpet – indoors)
Captain: Petr Pala
Captain: Mary-Joe Fernandez
WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
SPAIN v SERBIA
Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay - outoors)
Anabel Medina Garrigues
Maria-Jose Martinez Sanchez
Nuria Llagostera Vives
Captain: Miguel Margets
Captain: Dejan Vranes
FRANCE v SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Venue: Palais des Sports Beaublanc, Limoges, FRA (clay – indoors)
Captain: Nicolas Escude
Captain: Matej Liptak
GERMANY v CHINA, P.R.
Venue: Frankfurter TC 1914 Palmengarten, Frankfurt, GER (clay - outdoors)
Captain: Barbara Rittner
Captain: Qi Zhang
ARGENTINA v UKRAINE
Venue: Club Nautico, Mar del Plata, ARG (clay – outdoors)
Captain: Ricardo Rivera
Captain: Volodymyr Bogdanov
WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS
BELGIUM v CANADA
Venue: Grenslandhallen - Ethias Arena, Hasselt, BEL (clay – indoors)
Captain: Sabine Appelmans
Captain: Rene Collins
ESTONIA v ISRAEL
Venue: Tondi Tennis Club, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoors)
Captain: Rene Busch
Captain: Lior Mor
POLAND v JAPAN
Venue: Tenisowy Klub Sportowy Arka, Gdynia, POL (clay - outdoors)
Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski
Captain: Takeshi Murakami
AUSTRALIA v SWITZERLAND
Venue: Mildura Lawn Tennis Club, Mildura, AUS (grass - outdoors)
Captain: David Taylor
Captain: Christiane Jolissaint