2016 Davis Cup Draw: Canada Goes To France, USA Travels To Australia
by Staff | September 23rd, 2015, 7:06 pm
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The 2016 Davis Cup draw was announced this evening. Among the highlights are a strong Canadian team led by Milos Raonic going to Europe to contest a deep French team.

The Americans will have to go all the way to Australia to take on the young Aussies. And that’s just before the big Indian Wells-Miami swing in March.

In the second round, Serbia and Novak Djokovic could meet Andy Murray’s Great Britain team.

The Davis Cup first round runs from March 4 – 6, 2016.

The 2015 Davis Cup champion will be decided in late November when Belgium hosts Andy Murray and Great Britain.

World Group
First round (4-6 March)
Great Britain [s] [c] [*] v Japan
Serbia [s] [c] [*] v Kazakhstan
Italy [c] v Switzerland [s]
Poland [c] [*] v Argentina [s]
France [s] [c] v Canada
Germany [c] v Czech Republic [s]
Australia [s] [c] v USA
Belgium [s] [c] v Croatia

World Group first round: 4-6 March
- World Group quarterfinals: 15-17 July
- World Group semifinals and play-offs: 16-18 September
- World Group Final: 25-27 November


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20 Comments for 2016 Davis Cup Draw: Canada Goes To France, USA Travels To Australia

chris ford1 Says:

Wimbledon through USO is ridiculously packed. DC 2nd round, with Serbia possibly playing the UK, is right after Wimbledon.
Then the worst crunch starts – with the Olympics sandwiched inbetween Rogers Cup and Cincinnati.
Olympic QFs on Aug 11, semis Aug 12, Final Aug 14. Then Cincinnati main draw starts Aug 15.

Guarantee (almost) that no one is going to make the Finals of all three. And you have this one guy that wants a gold medal, but who has never won Cincinnati, and is likely to be the favorite for the USO 2 weeks after Cincinnati ends. And a gold/silver medal or a USO Final beats any gain from Cincinnati, but for Djoker he would be the 1st to get a career Masters sweep. Think the gold medal chase and another USO win prospects will have the higher priority.
Suspect Cincinnati will take the hit with those making the Olympic semis and finals – cancelling on going to Ohio, USA.


the DA Says:

I’m betting none of the stars show up for the QFs (and possibly not even the 1st round). Next to RG a gold medal is Novak’s highest priority. Some other elder tennis statesman really wants one ;) The current holder & previous holder wouldn’t mind another one. No way are they going to jeopardize their chances.


Wog Boy Says:

That is correct the DA, by Nole’s own admission the loss to Andy in 2012 was the most painful and hardest one to get over it in 2012, not the FO loss, not Wimbledon one, not the USO one, but Olympic one.


RZ Says:

I would think that even the Australians would prefer to play the tie in the U.S. as it’s right before Indian Wells and then Miami.


FedExpress Says:

why is wawa playing when he is mentally tired?


FedExpress Says:

once upon a time berdych was a decent player.

nowadays he is just crap. losing to mugs recently.


the DA Says:

@Wog Boy – Yep. You know it, I know it. I appreciate you being an honest fan about that. For some reason at the time many Djoko fans played down the Olympics defeat as insignificant but he’s on record saying how important it was to him. Look at how he reacted to winning Bronze in Beijing. Look at how Delpo reacted to a bronze. This is HUGE to them. With Roger’s last stab, Novak’s determination, etc – Rio’s tennis competition is going to be engrossing.


Wog Boy Says:

the DA, that year Nole was flag bearer for Serbian national team at Olympic Games too, so he felt that he let his colleagues down, also how much he values Olympic Games you can see by his reaction after losing ti Rafa in Bejing in 2008, he cried. Olympic Games are huge for every normal sportsman and sportswoman, my opinion.


tennismonger Says:

Davis Cup schedule is ludicrous IMHO…

Top 100 players should stop playing it for a year or two, that would get someone’s attention.


tennismonger Says:

At the very least, the cup holders should get a bye to the following year’s final…


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy, seems like the majority of tennis-playing flag bearers didn’t do too well at the Olympics in 2012.

On a related note, I went to London for the 2012 games. On my return flight, I was sitting next to a young lady from Serbia (I knew/guessed this because she was wearing a Serbia jacket). Once we landed in Los Angeles, she made a phone call before we got off the plane. I didn’t understand it because she spoke in Serbian, but she did say “Novak Djokovic” several times excitedly. I’m guessing that she met him at some point during the games.


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,
Who were the others, I can think of Wozniacki, if I am not wrong?
About Nole, it is not secret that he is the most popular person in Serbia and Serbian community around the world by a long shot, it is not overstatement to say that if there are presidential elections in Serbia and Nole is one of the candidates that they wouldn’t need second round (hope and pray he never enter politics. I don’t think there is tennis player in the history that was so popular and admired by almost all of his countrymen as Nole is. This is due to various reasons, not just tennis ones, which I won’t elaborate now. I can just tell you that when I was in Belgrade, few weeks ago, during Nole’s matches is dead quiet around building I lived in, the moment last point is won there is eruption of joy from surrounding apartments with screaming, fire crackers and some more heavy artillery weapons, you have to duck for the cover to avoid being hurt, even I was on the third floor:) When he wins GS tournament, lot of people start their cars, press horns and drive to city center to celebrate. I witnessed his 2011 Wimbledon win in Belgrade, you can’t describe that, you have to experience it yourself, that joy on the faces on evrebody from 7-77 was unbelievable.


Wog Boy Says:

This is for Nole fans and others, last night in Belgrade (you can call it “Novak Djokovic foundaiton night”), Boris was a guest of honor, don’t worry about text (you wouldn’t understand it anyway) just watch short video, you will recognize few people:

http://sport.blic.rs/Tenis/279969/Djokovic-Sve-sam-ponosniji-na-narod-kad-vidim-kako-se-poneo-prema-izbeglicama


chris ford1 Says:

While in Serbia Djokovic took his job as UNICEF Ambassador seriously, visiting 2 childrens centers and a temp refugee camp where the people fleeing Iraq and Syria are staying.
I thought that was pretty commendable.
Along with a news briefing he did that went to most European countries that whatever else and whatever frictions exist now in Europe over this, winter is coming and large numbers of the arriving foreigners are still faring out in the open, living under tarps, etc.
And that ensuring these people esp children do not die of exposure is something Europe together must face and get adequate winter shelter set, even with the anger of governments at one another and border closings.


chris ford1 Says:

And Wog Boy, thanks for the pics and what I am noticing is the continued improvement in how Boris is looking since joining Team Nole. Maybe it would have been the same if he had left all the booze and heavy meals he did in broadcasting to travel with ANY player.
But I like to think that Novak is mentoring Coach Becker and encouraging him in health, nutrition, and fitness lifestyle changes.


RZ Says:

@Wog Boy – Wawrinka and Radwanska lost early from what I remember. (To be fair, Wawrinka had a bum draw and had Andy Murray in the first round). I had to look up the others and to be fair, they had quite a bit of success. Max Miryni won mixed doubles gold, Maria Sharapova won silver.

There were a few others – Baghdatis, Tecau, Vogt – but they weren’t expected to do so great anyway. (Tecau didn’t have a strong partner for doubles and lost in the first round)


J-Kath Says:

RZ – “Wawrinka had a bum draw and had Andy Murray in the first round.” My view is Andy had an equally bum draw by meeting Stan in the 1st round.
LOL


RZ Says:

@J-Kath, in 2014 and 2015 I’d have agreed with you, but in 2012 Stan wasn’t much of a threat to Andy on grass.

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