It’s quarterfinal play this weekend in Davis Cup. Among the stars in action are Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios.
In the marquee tie, the Murray-led Great Britain team welcomes in a deep French squad to Queen’s club in London. In the second match today, Murray will play Tsonga on the grass.
“He’s a very good athlete, a strong guy, an explosive player, he can serve big, he can get to the net quickly and he can come up with some great shots,” said Murray of Tsonga. “He likes the grass, he likes coming forward and playing at the net. I’ll be trying to play a very consistent match. He’s a tough player to beat on any surface.”
In Darwin, an imploding Australia team hosts Kazakhstan. With Bernard Tomic off the team, the Aussie will turn to the young stars, the controversial Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis against Mikhail Kukushkin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. But the Kazakhs have already secured a 2-0 lead after opening day play.
Serbia will be without the services of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as they travel to Argentina.
“Maybe he wants to be player-captain of our team,” joked Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic about Djokovic’s abscence. “He’s in contact all the time, exchanging information about what’s going on during practice and how the players are. He’s supporting us a lot, he’s a great guy.”
Canada is also missing their stars as Milos Raonic and Wimbledon quarterfinalist Vasek Pospisil are out of their away tie at Belgium.
Of interest at the play-off level, Spain is at Russia with Tommy Robredo and Andrey Rublev leading the way. The Ukraine is also at Poland.
GREAT BRITAIN v FRANCE
Venue: The Queen’s Club, London, GBR (grass – outdoor)
R1 – James Ward (GBR) v Gilles Simon (FRA)
R2 – Andy Murray (GBR) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
R3 – Dominic Inglot / Jamie Murray (GBR) v Richard Gasquet / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
R4 – Andy Murray (GBR) v Gilles Simon (FRA)
R5 – James Ward (GBR) v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
AUSTRALIA v KAZAKHSTAN
Venue: Marrara Sporting Complex, Darwin, AUS (grass – outdoor)
R1 – Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
R2 – Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
R3 – Sam Groth / Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) v Andrey Golubev / Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
R4 – Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)
R5 – Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)
ARGENTINA v SERBIA
Venue: Tecnopolis, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – indoor)
R1 – Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
R2 – Federico Delbonis (ARG) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)
R3 – Carlos Berlocq / Diego Schwartzman (ARG) v Dusan Lajovic / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
R4 – Leonardo Mayer (ARG) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)
R5 – Federico Delbonis (ARG) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
BELGIUM v CANADA
Venue: Sportpark Krokodiel, Middelkerke (Ostend), BEL (clay – outdoor)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)
David Goffin (BEL) v Filip Peliwo (CAN)
Ruben Bemelmans/Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) v Daniel Nestor/Adil Shamasdin (CAN)
David Goffin (BEL) v Frank Dancevic (CAN)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Filip Peliwo (CAN)
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