Day one of Davis Cup is done. France is on the hunt for their first Davis Cup title since 2001, while Switzerland is still looking for their first ever win. Switzerland is hungry, but France leads H210-2, with history and a home court advantage on their side.
There was certainly some great tennis played in front of a record-breaking crowd in Lille, France. But not sure things came out the way many fans expected. Stan Wawrinka took down Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in 4 sets, proclaiming afterwards, “ I showed them I’m not No.4 in the world for nothing." Wawrinka has been a bit in the shadows with all the focus on Roger’s back and the missing Davis Cup title, but with 61 winners today, its definitely time to take notice. He is now 21-13 in Davis Cup play.
Not sure many fans were betting against Federer today, but Monfils certainly had something to say about it. Winning 34 out of 38 points on his first serve, Monfils defeated Federer in 3 straight sets, posting his first win on clay over the World No.2. Some fantastic play by Monfils for sure, happy to be playing on home turf, he certainly was on fire today.
So on to doubles…Chiudinelli and Lammer are currently slated to take on Benneteau and Gasquet, but is that who will actually take to the court? Should Federer and Wawrinka step in? Is Federer’s back up to it? Is last week’s squabble truly behind them? So many questions, but one thing is for sure…the doubles could turn out to be a key point in this finals. My money is on Federer and Wawrinka to play,if Federer is physically up for it. This doubles point is just too important with the score tied at 1-1.
In Other Tennis News this Week:
This week the USTA Nominating Committee announced nomination of Katrina Adams as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President to serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2015. In her new role, Adams will become the first African-American and first former professional tennis player to serve as the association’s Chairman of the Board,CEO and President.
The WTA announced their 2014 award winners this week…Congratulations to all the winners on a great season.
- Serena Williams – WTA Player of the Year (for the sixth time in her career and third year in a row)
- Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci - WTA Doubles Team of the Year
- Genie Bouchard – WTA Most improved Player of the Year
- Belinda Bencic – WTA Newcomer of the Year
- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni - WTA Comeback Player Of The Year
Team USA Update: With the completion of the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, Denis Kudla and Irina Falconi have clinched the US wildcards and are packing their bags for Australia. This will be the third time in the last four years for Kudla, and Falconi’s fourth appearance.
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