Dubai to host 2015 Davis Cup draw

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Teamwork: The ITF and TE have come in partnership to deliver this year's AGM.

The 2015 Davis Cup draw will take place in Dubai during the ITF Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be hosted in the northern emirate this month.

The draw, which will reveal which nations will be facing off in the opening round of Davis Cup next year, is scheduled for Thursday September 19 at 19:00.

This year’s Davis Cup World Group semi-finals (Switzerland v Italy, France v Czech Republic), World Group play-offs and Zone Group ties, will be held from September 12-14.

The winners of the two semi-finals will contest the 2014 World Group Final on November 21-23. The winners of the eight World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, while the losers will contest their respective Zone Group I competition in 2015.

The ITF AGM will be staged for the first time in West Asia or Middle East and will see close to 200 top officials from the world of tennis from across the world gathered at Madinat Jumeirah from September 16-18.

“For us at Tennis Emirates, the holding of the AGM in the UAE, in general, and in Dubai in particular, is a great honour for the people of the UAE and we expect huge advantages to boost the game of tennis in the country,” says Abdulrahman Falaknaz, the vice president of Tennis Emirates. “The fact that all the world tennis bosses will be congregating on Dubai, in itself, will lay the foundation of tennis seriousness and awareness amongst the organisers and directors of tennis in the area.”

Another highlight during the AGM will be an attempt to set a first-time Guinness World Record by creating a mosaic using tennis balls to depict the three-finger victory sign of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Guinness World Record attempt will be held at the events arena of Jumeirah Beach Hotel at 17:30 on September 17.

Meanwhile, the ITF announced the team nominations for the upcoming Davis Cup semi-finals and play-off ties.

Switzerland, who host Italy in on indoor hard courts in Geneva, will be represented by Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, while Italy will be led by Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Bolelli.

Two-time defending champions, the Czech Republic, will travel to Paris, where they will take on a Jo-Wilfried Tsonga-led France squad on clay at Roland Garros.

Here are the full team nominations:

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

FRANCE v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Roland Garros, Paris, FRA (clay – outdoor)

France

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau

Captain: Arnaud Clement

Czech Republic

Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek, Jiri Vesely

Captain: Jaroslav Navratil

SWITZERLAND v ITALY

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

Switzerland

Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer

Captain: Severin Luthi

Italy

Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi, Simone Bolelli

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

INDIA v SERBIA

Venue: KSLTA Tennis Stadium, Bangalore, IND (hard – outdoor)

India

Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna

Captain: Anand Amritraj

Serbia

Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic, Nenad Zimonjic

Captain: Bogdan Obradovic

BRAZIL v SPAIN

Venue: Ginasio Estadual Geraldo Jose de Almeida, Sao Paulo, BRA (clay – indoor)

Brazil

Thomaz Bellucci, Rogerio Dutra Silva, Bruno Soares, Marcelo Melo

Captain: Joao Zwetsch

Spain

Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez, David Marrero

Captain: Carlos Moya

ISRAEL v ARGENTINA

Venue: Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoor)

Israel

Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub, Jonathan Erlich, Andy Ram

Captain: Eyal Ran

Argentina

Leonardo Mayer, Carlos Berlocq, Juan Monaco, Horacio Zeballos

Captain: Martin Jaite

CANADA v COLOMBIA

Venue: Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoor)

Canada

Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic, Daniel Nestor

Captain: Martin Laurendeau

Colombia

Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, Juan-Sebastian Cabal, Robert Farah

Captain: Mauricio Hadad

USA v SLOVAKIA

Venue: Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, IL, USA (hard – indoor)

USA

John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan

Captain: Jim Courier

Slovakia

Martin Klizan, Lukas Lacko, Norbert Gombos, Michal Mertinak

Captain: Miloslav Mecir

AUSTRALIA v UZBEKISTAN

Venue: Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, AUS (grass – outdoor)

Australia

Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Samuel Groth, Chris Guccione

Captain: Patrick Rafter

Uzbekistan

Denis Istomin, Farrukh Dustov, Temur Ismailov, Sanjar Fayziev

Captain: Petr Lebed

NETHERLANDS v CROATIA

Venue: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED (clay – indoor)

Netherlands

Robin Haase, Igor Sijsling, Thiemo de Bakker, Jean-Julien Rojer

Captain: Jan Siemerink

Croatia

Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Franko Skugor, Marin Draganja

Captain: Zeljko Krajan

UKRAINE v BELGIUM

Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)

Ukraine

Sergiy Stakhovsky, Illya Marchenko, Denys Molchanov, Sergei Bubka

Captain: Mikhail Filima

Belgium

David Goffin, Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis, Olivier Rochus

Captain: Johan van Herck

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Ready for more: Stan Wawrinka.

Organisers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) are thrilled by the return of Stan Wawrinka to the tournament’s line­up after the Swiss was confirmed as the third player set to join Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the marquee event next year.

After making his Abu Dhabi de­but back in 2010, Wawrinka re­turned to the UAE capital in last year’s edition of the tournament. A couple of weeks later, the Swiss went on to win his maiden grand slam title, defeating Nadal in the fi­nal of the Australian Open.

Organisers cited the world No4’s commitment to their community initiatives as one of the reasons they were excited to have him back.

“I think it’s really exciting that he’s confirmed,” said event director, Vickie Gunnarsson of IMG, who are joint organisers of the tournaments along with owners FLASH and title sponsors Mubadala. “This shows us the players take our tourna­ment very seriously and that it’s an important part of their preparation for the new season.

“The fact that Stan really cares about the community, which is an important part of our tournament, is also why it’s great to have him again.”

The MWTC’s seventh edition will take place from January 1-3 2015 where six players will fight for the winner-takes-all $250,000 (Dh918,000) prize money. The re­maining three players who will complete the lineup will be an­nounced at the official launch on October 13. Last year, Wawrinka lost in Abu Dhabi to David Fer­rer and Andy Murray but went on to win his first 13 matches of 2014 soon after, a stretch which included titles in Chennai and Australia.

Speaking from the US Open, where the 29-year-old has pro­gressed to the fourth round, Wawrinka said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be returning to Abu Dhabi to start the year at the Mu­badala World Tennis Champion­ship. Although I didn’t play my best tennis there last year, I realised I had to improve which produced positive results, especially in Aus­tralia.

"This year I’ll be aiming to get off to an even stronger start and I would love to win.” 

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Experienced: Highly trained coaches will be at hand to guide the participants.

Elite Tennis Academy’s (ETA) new season (term one) begins on Saturday, September 6, and there’s some fantastic pro­grammes lined up with registra­tions still open.

Since being established in 2004 by former UAE national coach Luis Miguel Reis, ETA has become one of the popular tennis academies in Dubai. Having opened their first centre in Jumeirah, ETA have another four branches at other exclusive venues – Atlantis The Palm, Emirates Golf Club, Waldorf Astora The Palm, and DIA in Emir­ates Hills, providing world class coaching at affordable rates.

If you’re looking to develop your game or learn new skills or have never played the sport, ETA has the programme for you.

Students can choose from pri­vate, semi-private or group classes which last one hour, while there is also the two-hour clinic sessions.

Adults will be taught advanced trained methods including cardio tennis while juniors will learn the basics of the sport as well as learning the technical, physical and tactical elements.

ETA director, Paulo Jose said those who do sign up will benefit from high-quality coaching. He said: “We teach at some of the most exclusive venues in the Middle East where nothing less than the best is expected, hence the coaches composing our team are highly certified with a vast wealth of experience and have been with us for a number of years, an important factor to consider in implementing an organised, balanced and com­prehensive tennis programme.

“Whether you are looking at overall game improvement, keep­ing up with the game’s latest tech­nical trends including footwork and tennis-specific conditioning, our specialist team will be at hand to guide you to the next level. We work with students of all levels ranging from beginners right up to the aspiring professional.”

And if you want to test yourself on the competitive stage, then why not sign up for the tournaments that ETA organises throughout the season? And corporates can also join the fun by taking part in the corporate tennis clinics, while holi­days camps also are organised.

And Monika Schneider, head tennis professional at the Emirates Golf Club training centre, believes the players will be impressed with the venues.

The former top 20 ITF-ranked player, who runs the ladies clin­ics, said: “ We create a wonderful environment for students to learn and improve their game, but it’s not just about the tennis as the social aspect is also pertinent.

“There are many coffee shops and restaurants at our various loca­tions to grab a bite or simply relax and enjoy a coffee amongst the beautiful settings whilst waiting for the kids to end their lesson.”

What: Elite Tennis Academy new season programme.
Where: Emirates Golf Club, Atlan­tis The Palm, Waldorf Astoria The Palm, DIA in Emirates Hills and Al Ittihad – Jumeirah (all in Dubai).
When: From Saturday, September 6
Contact: Phone Luis on 050 656 1625, Paulo Jose on 050 467 8343 for registration. For information, visit www.elitetennisdubai.com or send your email to [email protected]­nisdubai.com. 

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