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)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils, Julien Benneteau
Captain: Arnaud Clement
Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol, Radek Stepanek, Jiri Vesely
Captain: Jaroslav Navratil
SWITZERLAND v ITALY
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)
Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, Michael Lammer
Captain: Severin Luthi
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)
Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Rohan Bopanna
Captain: Anand Amritraj
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)
Thomaz Bellucci, Rogerio Dutra Silva, Bruno Soares, Marcelo Melo
Captain: Joao Zwetsch
Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez, David Marrero
Captain: Carlos Moya
ISRAEL v ARGENTINA
Venue: Sunrise Tennis Club, Sunrise, FL, USA (hard – outdoor)
Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub, Jonathan Erlich, Andy Ram
Captain: Eyal Ran
Leonardo Mayer, Carlos Berlocq, Juan Monaco, Horacio Zeballos
Captain: Martin Jaite
CANADA v COLOMBIA
Venue: Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, Canada (hard – indoor)
Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic, Daniel Nestor
Captain: Martin Laurendeau
Santiago Giraldo, Alejandro Falla, Juan-Sebastian Cabal, Robert Farah
Captain: Mauricio Hadad
USA v SLOVAKIA
Venue: Sears Centre Arena, Chicago, IL, USA (hard – indoor)
John Isner, Sam Querrey, Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan
Captain: Jim Courier
Martin Klizan, Lukas Lacko, Norbert Gombos, Michal Mertinak
Captain: Miloslav Mecir
AUSTRALIA v UZBEKISTAN
Venue: Cottesloe Tennis Club, Perth, AUS (grass – outdoor)
Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Samuel Groth, Chris Guccione
Captain: Patrick Rafter
Denis Istomin, Farrukh Dustov, Temur Ismailov, Sanjar Fayziev
Captain: Petr Lebed
NETHERLANDS v CROATIA
Venue: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NED (clay – indoor)
Robin Haase, Igor Sijsling, Thiemo de Bakker, Jean-Julien Rojer
Captain: Jan Siemerink
Marin Cilic, Borna Coric, Franko Skugor, Marin Draganja
Captain: Zeljko Krajan
UKRAINE v BELGIUM
Venue: Tere Tennis Centre, Tallinn, EST (hard – indoor)
Sergiy Stakhovsky, Illya Marchenko, Denys Molchanov, Sergei Bubka
Captain: Mikhail Filima
David Goffin, Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis, Olivier Rochus
Captain: Johan van Herck
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.”
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.