Sunday, April 26, 2009

ITF declares Australia forfeits tie, Bud Collins discusses Federer

Because of Australia's decision not to send a team to India to play, the ITF has officially declared India victorious in the World Group Playoffs. Then tie was scheduled to take place in Chennai from May 8th to May 10th, but because of the Australian team's concerns, Tennis Australia would not let the team travel. Although the Australian's filled out a questionnaire gave to them by the All India Tennis Association, they decided to go on with an appeal of the match site. The Davis Cup commitee will decide any future consequences that the Australians might face.

Bud Collins took some time out of shooting segments for the Tennis Channel to discuss Roger Federer's struggles and the new crop on the ATP tour. “He’s still one of the great players, but some other people have surfaced — Nadal, Murray, Djokovic, Del Potro — and, all of a sudden, there are guys who can beat him. We went about five years when nobody could beat him. It’s nice to see competition, frankly, " Collins said. “Five straight Wimbledons ought to be enough for any man. I think he’s probably got chasing Sampras on his mind,” said the legendary tennis fanatic. “He could win Wimbledon again. He’s a great champion, no matter what happens.”

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