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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Former Players And Renowned Journalists Preview The Davis Cup

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Last week at the ATP Finals, Ubitennis spoke with some Prestigious figures in the world of tennis about the upcoming Davis Cup final between Belgium and France. Former players as well as journalists have given their own predictions concerning the upcoming showdown and who will win.

 

Sebastian Grosjean – “It’s going to be tough”

Former world No.4 Grosjean expects France to encounter a tough meeting with Belgium, who is playing in the final for the second time within three years. The 39-year-old has represented France in 16 Davis Cup draws during his career. Winning 16 out of 26 matches.

In 2001 Grosjean played in the Davis Cup final. Despite losing both of his singles matches, France defeated Australia 3-2.

Guy Forget: ‘It all depends on David Goffin’

Former player Guy Forget has a wealth of experience when it comes to the Davis Cup. As a player he participated in the competition over a 13-year period. Then after retiring from the tour, he was captain of the French team.

Forget, who is now the director of the French Open, believes that David Goffin’s performance in the tie will be instrumental in the outcome. Goffin was the runner-up at the ATP Finals last week and is the only player from Belgium currently ranked in the world’s top 50.

He has also praised the current captain of the French team, Yannick Noah. Describing him as ‘passionate’ and ‘always positive.’

Marc Rosset – ‘ The Davis Cup is completely different’

Prior to Roger Federer, Marc Rosset was the hero of Swiss Tennis. Winning 15 ATP titles (including an Olympic gold medal) and rising to a high of 8th in the world.

Looking ahead to the Davis Cup tie, Rosset has placed the odds slightly in favor of France at ‘55 to 45.’ Although he empathises that the competition is known for its unpredictability and sometimes rankings are irrelevant in matches. Illustrated by Steve Darcis’ win over Alexander Zverev earlier this year.

Quentin Moynet – ‘Tsonga is the leader’

Quentin Moynet is a renowned French journalist currently working for sports newspaper L’equipe. In the past, he has also written for RFI, SO Press and Le Parisien. Covering a diverse range of sports.

Moynet believes that his home country is in pole position to win their first Davis Cup trophy since 2001. Arguing that France has the best doubles team and Steve Darcis may struggle against the likes of Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He also explains why he believes Tsonga is ‘the leader’ of the French team.

Yves Simon – ‘France has quantity, Belgium has quality’

Yves Simon is a veteran journalist that is currently working for Belgian newspaper Sudpresse.

Simon, who has been reporting on Belgian tennis for 20 years, believes that Goffin and Darcis has the ability to cause an upset away from home. Pointing out the Goffin in the only top-10 player in the tie and Darcis is renowned for his big performances in the competition.

Georges Homsi – ‘France are the favourites, but not the big favourites’

Georges Homsi is a familiar figure in the tennis media circuit. Known best for his work as the media manager for the ATP.

Homsi expects every match to be a close encounter between the two nations. He also says that France will have ‘a lot of regrets’ if they lose to Belgian. Since winning the title in 2001, France has had to settle for runner-up on three separate occasions.

Filip Dewulf – ‘All the pressure is on France.’

Former French Open semifinalist Filip Dewulf believes that fatigue, not fear will be the biggest obstacle for Belgium. Recently there has been speculation concerning the state of Goffin’s knee, but he has since played down the issue.

Dewulf also points out that the Belgian doubles team of Rubem Bemelmans and Joris De Loore ‘should not be underestimated.’

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Luigi Serra: A Tribute To A Great Friend In 50 Snapshot

Our unforgettable friend, who passed away on December 9, gifted us with hundreds of pictures – here is a selection of his best work.

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All of us at Ubitennis send our love to Luigi Serra’s family, including his wife Bonnie, his sons Alessandro and Gianluca, as well as the tribe of grandchildren (Isabella, Gabriella, Daniela, Lexi and Vincent) of whom he was incredibly proud and whom he loved dearly – they reciprocated their affection for a grandfather who was often as genuine as they are, always mirthful, funny, unique. Here is Ubaldo Scanagatta’s tribute to the late Luigi, and here are his best shots:

 

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The 2020 season ended with Daniil Medvedev’s win at the ATP Finals, the sixth different winner in the last six editions of the event, emerging victorious at the end of three tightly contested knockout matches. The Russian dominated the last few weeks of the season, winning in Bercy as well, but was his victory in London somewhat predictable?

UbiTennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta and Mr Flink met up (remotely) to discuss the tournament and the omens for tennis in 2021. Here’s their chat: 

 

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0:58 – Medvedev swept through the ATP Finals – an expected triumph? “He beat the three best players in the world, that’s hardly predictable…” 

3:51 – “The Russian showed his mental strength, coming back to beat both Nadal and Thiem…” 

5:27 – “Djokovic had won 24 of the last 26 tie-breaks he had played, and 16 of the last 17 – how did he relinquish that 4-0 lead at 6-6 in the decider?” 

7:40 – A few words on the final: “Thiem wasted a few big chances in the second set, missing a fairly easy forehand touch near the net.” Did he employ the right strategy?  

11:46 – “The Austrian said that he would make the same choices, and we should remember that he had a tougher semifinal match…” 

14:34“Medvedev isn’t beautiful to watch, but that doesn’t seem to bother him…” 

16:54 – Is this the beginning of a new era? “We said the same thing when Zverev won the Finals in 2018 and when Tsitsipas did it last year…” Will the Australian Open take place in 2021?

20:51 – Djokovic is in the midst of a political struggle – was he distracted during the week he spent in London? 

27:24 – What about Sascha Zverev and the accusations that his former girlfriend moved against him – did those play a role in his early exit? 

29:14 – The first winner of the Finals was Stan Smith, the current president of the International Tennis Hall of Fame: “You and I have a job with the Hall of Fame now, don’t we?” 

32:08 – A final word on Daniil Medvedev – will he win a Major in 2021? “He’s definitely not winning the French Open, and I think that grass isn’t his best surface either, but he definitely has his chances on hardcourts.” 

Transcript by Lorenzo Andorlini; translated and edited by Tommaso Villa

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Steve Flink On The Decline Of American Men’s Tennis: “We Need To Start Attracting The Best Athletes Again”

UbiTennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta is back with a new video to talk about the crisis hitting the country that used to dominate the game until less than 20 years ago.

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After Mark Winters’ contribution, here is a new entry in our website’s enquiry into US tennis. This time another American, the Hall-of-Famer Steve Flink, tries to answer some recurring questions? Why are there no US players left at the top of the ATP Rankings? Could the trend be bucked? This and more in the following video:

 

00:00 – “The best American player is 35 and outside the Top 20, and the only up-and-coming standout appears to be 19-year-old Brandon Nakashima.” Is this the lowest point for US tennis?  

02:30 – “In 1973, there were 23 Americans in the world Top 100, six in the Top 20 and three in the Top 10.” What happened? Flink: “We had perhaps our greatest decade in the 1990s, and that is probably when things went awry…”

06:10 – Could this be a financial stability issue? “There aren’t many tennis players with a huge income, while in basketball, football, ice hockey or baseball the situation is different.”

07:40 – “The road to success and wealth in individual sports is certainly tougher, but Europe has the same issue vis-à-vis football, so what could be another factor in the decline?” The role of private investments: “The USTA federal programme was created in the late 1980s, but I do not think that an emphasis on public spending is the problem.” Could this be just a cyclical fluke?

14:00 – What if the issue was commitment? “You need to really want to succeed in tennis.”  

18:42 – Mark Winters’ theory revolves around this last theme, that there is no drive to reach the top of the game: “I’m not sure I agree, but he is an insider and certainly knows what he’s talking about.”

20:40 – “Tennis players now start to make real money between 23 and 25 years of age, how many can afford to wait that long while relying almost exclusively on prize money?”

24:15 – “There might be a continuity issue, because the USTA changes its president every four years, and that doesn’t allow the creation of a stable system.” The role of deputy chiefs.

27:45 – How much money is devoted to the development of youths in the US?

30:27 – “Over the years, I’ve noticed that coaches who are on a federal payroll tend to lack a little bit of that hunger…” Can a national movement rely on the investments of young players’ parents?

35:15 – Why is women’s tennis doing so much better in the US than the male counterpart? “Nobody really believed in Sampras, Agassi and their generation, so there is still hope for a sudden comeback…”

39:10 – The changing role of the college game in the US: “Does it still work as a preparation for high-level tennis, and do the players have the patience to wait before they start making money by turning pro?” Flink: “I think that the shifting towards success at an older age might help in this sense.”

42: 20 – The raging debate of American sports – should university athlete receive financial support besides scholarship money?

44:15 – “Could we interview Stacey Allaster, the USTA’s president, on these issues?”

47:00 – Is it be important for the game to have a successful player from a country hosting a Major?

48:15 – “It’s a shame that American and Australian tennis are lagging this far behind, but we need to recognise that the game wasn’t as global and globalised when they used to dominate…”

Transcript by Filippo Ambrosi; translation and editing by Tommaso Villa

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