The Week Ahead – Never Ending Clay
ATP – Davis Cup
Players, venues and match-ups: Here
With injuries and withdrawls, this is hardly the most exciting upcoming Davis Cup weekend. Without Berd or Steps, the Czech are down to Dlouhy and Hajek. Argentina is still without Delpo or Pico, but they do have Nalby and Mayer, who I presume would get the call on the indoor hard courts. No Ivo or Mario, so Ljubs steps in with Marin against Serbia. Spain/France is fun, but shouldn’t be tough on indoor hard courts. I’m kind of hoping Spain goes with Feli and Fer since it’s inside, but who knows.
ATP – Newport (250)
Considering it’s a grass tournament right after Wimbledon, this is a pretty fun draw. Homeboy Sam, could have beens Mahut/Falla in the first round (Mahut gave his shirt/shoes to the Hall too) and MTR favourites Dustin Brown and Fancy Dancy. Definitely worth going to check out if you’re in the area.
WTA – Budapest (International)
CLAY. If I didn’t know, and you told me that there were outdoor red clay events in December, I’d probably believe you. Not a terrible draw, some serious big hitters hanging around. I’d love to see Polona have a bit of a run here, she’s had some great clay results this year. And maybe Alize and Chak will win a match. Is that too much to ask?
WTA – Bastad
To be totally honest, this tournament is quite a snore outside of the top 4 seeds. If you’re looking for some quick pool points, definitely pick one of those up, I’d say. Blah.