Seeds announced for 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Draw

Spain and Czech Republic head the seeds for the Draw for the World Group of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, which takes place at the BNP Paribas offices in London on Wednesday 19 September at 11:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

The draws for 2013 Americas Zone Groups I and II, Asia/Oceania Zone Group II and Europe/Africa Zone Group I will also take place in London. The draws for Asia/Oceania Zone Group I and Europe/Africa Zone Group II will be held following the remaining 2012 Davis Cup play-off ties on 19-21 October.

Any media wishing to attend the Draw should email the ITF Communications department at communications@itftennis.com.

According to the Davis Cup Regulations, the two finalist nations are seeded No. 1 and No. 2 in the World Group for the following year, and will be drawn in opposite halves. Seeds 3-8 are in accordance with the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of 17 September.

World Group

1. Spain
2. Czech Republic
3. Argentina
4. Serbia
5. France
6. USA
7. Croatia
8. Kazakhstan

The seeded nations will be drawn against the remaining World Group nations: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland.

Seeds for the Zone Group I and Group II competitions are also based on the latest Davis Cup Nations Ranking.

Americas Zone Group I

1. Chile
2. Colombia

Remaining Nations: Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uruguay.

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

1. Russia
2. Sweden
3. South Africa
4. Netherlands

Remaining Nations: Denmark or Finland, Great Britain, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Americas Zone Group II

1. Mexico
2. Peru
3. Venezuela
4. El Salvador

Remaining Nations: Barbados, Haiti, Guatemala, Puerto Rico.

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II

1. Chinese Taipei or New Zealand
2. Philippines
3. Thailand
4. Pakistan

Remaining Nations: Kuwait, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Syria.

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with 130 nations entered in 2013. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Davis Cup. International sponsors are HP (Official Technology Sponsor), Rolex (Official Timekeeper) Hugo Boss (Official Men’s Fashion Clothing Sponsor), Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) and NH Hoteles (Official Hotel). Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner. The 100th Davis Cup Final will take place on 16-18 November at the start of the ITF centenary celebrations in 2013. Follow all the action on www.daviscup.com and www.copadavis.com.

Tennis Europe re-launches official website

Tennis Europe has launched a new-look website for 2011. The new site at www.tenniseurope.org reunites the Tennis Europe Junior Tour pages – hosted on a different site during 2010 as the organisation implemented a comprehensive digitalisation process which enabled the Tour’s 10,000+ players to manage their tournament entries online – with the regular content and provides a number of new user features.

Fans can now find full information from all officially-sanctioned international tennis events in Europe on the unified European Tennis Calendar, intended as a single reference point for all available data such as latest results, links, fact sheets and entry lists. The calendar can be sorted according to the various circuits, enabling the user to focus on specific areas of interest. In the coming days, users will also be able to sign up for weekly email updates, providing lists of current, recently concluded, and forthcoming tennis events in Europe, with easy access to all necessary information directly from your inbox without the need to browse multiple websites.

The junior tennis pages have also been upgraded. Player information has been greatly expanded, enabling users to check players’ head to head records, ranking history and complete match records on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour. Tour participants will also soon be able to build up their own detailed player profiles online.

Social media networks Facebook and Twitter are fully integrated to the site, giving users the opportunity to share stories and rankings information, while the photo galleries have been given a make-over and extended to include seniors events.

The new site is a result of the partnership between Tennis Europe and Visual Reality, who have provided the technological know-how behind the Tennis Europe Junior Tour digitalisation process and have also worked on similar projects with the ITF, the British Lawn Tennis Association and the Badminton World Federation amongst others. The ongoing project will see even more new features and innovations launched in the coming weeks and months.

Commenting on the launch Tennis Europe CEO Olli Mäenpää said, “We aim to provide the best service for tennis fans in Europe, and the new site has been devised in order to be as comprehensive as possible. We hope to build on the site’s enormous growth in recent years to connect with new users, and also to continue to enhance the site for the thousands of players on the Tennis Europe Junior Tour who are our most frequent and dedicated visitors, as well as the many fans, tournament organisers, tennis industry members and federation staff in our member nations.”

An Excerpt From “American Doubles”

“The Bryans Rule”

An excerpt, printed with permission, from AMERICAN DOUBLES …the Trials …the Triumphs …the Domination by Marcia Frost. The book, published by Mansion Grove House, is available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and AmericanDoublesBook.net.

Kathy Bryan was playing a doubles match on her due date so her boys were literally born to play tennis when they made their appearance on April 29, 1978. Bob and Mike Bryan grew up in Camarillo, California, a small farm town that is known more for raising lemons and strawberries than tennis players. But Kathy and Wayne Bryan changed all that and instead reared the most famous twins in the tennis world.

In 2007, the Bryan Brothers earned the No. 1 place in the world for three consecutive years and for the fourth time in the past five years. The ITF, which bases the honor on a combination of performance and international competition (i.e. Davis Cup), named them their ITF World Doubles Champions for the fifth straight year. They earned 11 ATP titles in 2007 and, with a total of 44, they are getting close to breaking the all-time record by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde (“the Woodies”) of 61 titles.

From January of 2005 to July of 2007, the “Boys,” as they are often known, made seven consecutive Grand Slam finals, the first team in the Open era to accomplish that. They completed the Career Grand Slam, becoming only the third doubles team — and first American team — to have won all four major titles in the Open Era (Jacco Eltingh & Paul Haarhuis and the Woodies are the other two).

While Wayne Bryan may have been coach to his boys when they were growing up, he is clear on who had the dreams, “It was not about my goals, it was really just about their goals. Kathy (their mother) and I did everything we could to help them along the path to their goals.” The boys did not watch television and they were not allowed to play against each other in a junior tournament. It was typical to see a “default” as the score when it was a Bryan-Bryan final. The junior tennis world just accepted that was the way it was.

Bob and Mike knew early on what it was they wanted to do. They wrote down their goals and they kept going back to them:

To be No. 1 in the U.S. in Doubles every year in the Juniors
They were No. 1 in the 12s, 14s and 18s (twice);

To get a full ride to Stanford and win the NCAA Team, Doubles and Singles Championship;
They played for Stanford from 1996-98. They led Stanford to the team championship both seasons and won the NCAA Doubles Championship in 1998. Bob also won the singles that year.

To be No. 1 in the World in Doubles;
They accomplished this for the first time in 2003.

To win all the Grand Slam Doubles titles;
They have won two Australian Opens, two French Opens, two Wimbledons and one U.S. Open Championship.

To be the Davis Cup Doubles Team for the U.S. and win the Davis Cup for the U.S.
They clinched the United State’s first Davis Cup final in 12 years on December 1, 2007.

Writing down the goals was an important part of the process, says Wayne, “We (their mother and I) feel you must see it before you can dream it and you must be passionate about it before you can achieve it. We felt it was very important that they knew the ‘real deal’ and all the thousands of steps it took to get up to the top of the mountain, and at the same time we always wanted them to have a smile on their face and learn the great lessons of life along the way and help other people on their journey…And we wanted to leave the tennis campsite cleaner than we found it.”

It is the bond between the two brothers that led them to both choose a doubles career even after Bob, who won the 1998 NCAA Singles Championship, had a good shot at a career in that event.

James Blake spoke a bit about the talent of the Twins at that [the 2007 Davis Cup final in Portland, Ore.], “We have so much fun watching them because we’re constantly in awe of how good their hands are, how well they move together, how great Mike’s returning, how close Bob gets to the net, how well they’re doing everything.”

It was a long road to Portland from when Mike and Bob went to the Davis Cup match in La Costa, California, when they were just 11 years old. As juniors they won 10 national junior doubles titles, including an unmatched five USTA National Clay Court Championships. They were also the first team to win backto- back USTA National Boys’ 18 titles at Kalamazoo in 50 years. Along the way, Bob managed to pick up six national junior singles trophies, while Mike got five. They were the last brothers (in 1996) to be ranked in the Top 10 of the Boys’ 18 division of the USTA National Junior Rankings at the same time.

To those watching The Twins off the court, there are still other subtle ways to tell the guys apart. Bob has always worn a shell beaded necklace. He is also taller — 6’4” to Mike’s 6’31/2”.

The final goal on Bob and Mike’s list was achieved in when they clinched that Davis Cup for the United States, but that doesn’t mean the twins are done playing. “Doubles is a game that you develop into your early, mid 30s,” says Bob. “See guys in their 30s getting better. I think we’ll still improve.”

April 29, 2008 marked the 30th birthday of Bob and Mike Bryan. As they head into their 30s they decided to just add to the list the goal of chasing some records. The “Woodies” currently hold the record for the most year end number one finishes (5), however, it looks like that record will not last for much longer if Bob and Mike have their way.