Thursday, February 26, 2009

Davis Cup Team Announced

From ar.com

USA Davis Cup Coach Patrick McEnroe announced Tuesday that Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan Brothers will lead the charge against the Swiss March 6th – 8th in Birmingham. Coach McEnroe admitted that the recent exit of Roger Federer is a huge advantage for Team USA.

With Roger pulling out, that obviously changes the dynamic a little bit of the tie,” McEnroe said in a conference call with reporters. “Certainly if Roger was playing, it would have been pretty even. I think this certainly makes us a pretty solid favorite.” Despite their confidence, McEnroe is still preparing for a battle. “We’re not overlooking the team that Switzerland brings in.”

The Swiss team will include Stanislas Wawrinka, Stephane Bohli, Marco Chudinelli and Yves Allegro.

6 comments:

tangerine said...

It turns out that Roger's back really isn't all that injured, he's just doing the usual, preventative maintenance work on it.

Read it here.

This is very disappointing to me, that he would back out of Davis Cup weeks in advance without a real injury. He's just taking precautions, I know, and it's understandable that he needs more time to mentally recover from the AO final I guess, but....

Listen, I know Davis Cup isn't a huge priority for him but I can't help but feel how gyped the Birmingham fans must feel who paid a lot of money for tickets and were so excited to see him play. Now that weekend will be nothing but a glorified exo with the USA winning 5-0 likely.

Not only that but the Swiss DC team is always cooling their heels, having to wait on Roger. Let's be honest, for most of these guys, their moment of glory will come in Davis Cup, not by winning any big title. Roger is their key to win, and every year they must wait for him to decide. Only this time there's an added disappointment because we were all mislead into thinking that DC was going to be a priority for Roger this year. Guess not.

It all seem so disrespectful. And kind of typical of Roger to leave others hanging.

He's losing a lot of ground this year, not just professionally but personally.

Craig Hickman said...

Perhaps there some other reason why Federer hasn't played since Melbourne and claims he's not coming back until he's ready.

Graf_sampras said...

i think that it's pretty much about needing more time to "gather himself together"...both mentally, emotionally and physically...however much the physical aspect could or might bother or concern him.

but we know that roger has seldom been really that consistently committed to Davis Cup...usually just reserving himself for certain rounds if the need was "critical" for the team....which of course was different with Roddick or nalbandian, ljubicic, several of the spaniards or the russians for example.

compared to previous number ones -- such as agassi, sampras, mcenroe, roddick, safin (do i recall him being number one correctly?), who , in their respective years of commitment that resulted in finals or championships in whatever capacity within the team : solo or duo matches --

roger has generally scheduled himself more successfuly in the ATP tournament as a priority , by far, over participation in the davis cup.

so i think that he is not about to change that especially at a point when he is more threatened by certain players than he was used to before 2008 or 2007.

but that's his call too..he has a right to make his own priorities even if fans might not be so pleased.

Graf_sampras said...

Paganini: As a fitness coach I always should be against it whenever it concerns the body. You have to recognize that if he would be playing Davis Cup he’d be playing as the team leader. He’d play Friday, Saturday and Sunday non stop. That’s just a lot for your body. Roger is like a jewel. And he knows that it would just be too risky.

It's interesting that Pierre describes Fed as "a jewel" - solid, precious, luxurious but requiring much care and maintenance.

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above is an excerpt from the article link provided by Tangerine (thanks to Tangerine) ...

it's a little funny though.

it reminds me of something in the field of classical music ..where of course highly trained, virtuosic performing is the "name of the game"....


and where it can be rather common for concert musicians, in order to "secure" their careers to be very careful about their hands....some even going to the extent of (especially among pianists and violinists) NEVER picking up a phone to hold it up, or even crumpling a piece of paper....lol...the hands and fingers are such "jewels"...so to say....

and yet -- probably a violinist considered the most awesomely gifted player in terms of the virtuosity of his playing -0- a Jascha Heifetz happily DUG dirt in his garden with his fingers, or poked around with tools to tinker with his cars, and play tennis...

that was a DIAMOND of a violinist to whom nothing was difficult - and was the envy of all others - yet he used his hands otherwise just as any other person would.....


but NOT roger....and his body......he is "too precious". ...hehehe...

that's why I sometimes like to call him "the man in Velvet"....

treat him ........gently, carefully...he might break........like polished glass. ....coz he's a "jewel"......

lol.

MMT said...

I find it disconcerting that Federer has welched on his committment to Davis Cup. He should never have announced he would play if he had any intention of quitting. If I were a Swiss player, or a member of the Swiss Federation, I'd be incensed. As a tennis fan, I'm just disappointed.

Graf_sampras said...

MMT said...

I find it disconcerting that Federer has welched on his committment to Davis Cup. He should never have announced he would play if he had any intention of quitting. If I were a Swiss player, or a member of the Swiss Federation, I'd be incensed. As a tennis fan, I'm just disappointed.

Fri Feb 27, 03:45:00 PM

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although I tend to be hard on Roger...and i understand the frustration with his pulling out things...i also think that it's really understandable that he has his own priorities...whether we like it or not , whether as a supporter or not.

i think that he considers this period a very critical one and is putting all his most careful planning to maximize his potentials for his career because he probably doesn't want to further jeopardize his chances in the tournaments - because if he slips up again...the hole will get deeper and wider from which he might never recover. I think this is the "do or die" phase for his career in terms of RE-establishing himself as a top contender for the Majors and any tournament.

critical as I often am about roger - i think i can understand his concerns.