Tennis Australia - 21st Century Tennis
AUSTRALIA THROUGH TO DAVIS CUP BY NEC SEMIFINALS Australia has advanced to a semifinal showdown against Brazil after beating Germany 3-2 at Adelaide's Memorial Drive, 7-9 April. The Australian team of Lleyton Hewitt (singles), Wayne Arthurs (singles), Patrick Rafter (doubles) and Mark Woodforde (doubles) won the first three rubbers to seal victory on Saturday. Rainer Schuttler and Michael Kohlmann defeated Hewitt and Arthurs respectively on Sunday to narrow the scoreline. It was a tie of 'comebacks' for the Australian team: Rafter playing his first tie since the Boston second round v USA in July, 1999; Woodforde reversing his self-imposed Davis Cup retirement following the 1999 final; Arthurs, playing Davis Cup singles for the first time since the 1999 semifinals v Russia; and Hewitt, playing Davis Cup in his home town for the first time and returning to the venue where he has won two of the past three AAPT Championships. BRISBANE TO HOST DAVIS CUP BY NEC SEMIFINAL Brisbane's ANZ Stadium will stage a Davis Cup semifinal for the second year in a row, playing host to the Australia v Brazil tie. The venue for the 1999 semifinal between Australia and Russia, ANZ Stadium is primarily used as a football stadium, however, a natural grass court has been laid at one end of the arena, with temporary seating to be installed for the tie. AUSSIES DOMINATE WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TOUR Australians swept the singles titles at the Florida Open (Southern Regional Championships) at Key Biscayne. Women's world No.1 Daniela Di Toro (Vic) and men's No.3 David Hall (NSW) won the Open singles titles, while both lost in the Open doubles finals ? Hall partnering Queensland's David Johnston (who reached the Open singles semifinals, defeating top seed Ricky Molier en route) and Di Toro teaming with Dutchwoman Maaike Smit.