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Friday, March 5, 2010

Former Collegians in Davis Cup Action This Weekend; Additional Info on New NCAA Rule Affecting Class of 2010

It's Davis Cup weekend, and although it hasn't started well for the U.S. men, who are trailing Serbia 2-0 after the first day, there is a great deal of excitement in countries all over the world. Although I find the "Groups" and the calendar rather confusing, there's no question that every country, from Sri Lanka to Spain, wants to win its tie. For a complete list of the teams playing this weekend, see daviscup.com.

After reading the story that the commenter from Virginia provided about Sanam Singh and Julen Uriguen being unavailable for Sunday's Texas match because they were involved in Davis Cup, I decided to make a list of former (or current) collegians playing Davis Cup this weekend. (It does not include Singh, because he is not actually a full-fledged member of India's team.) I used the ITA's "players in the pros" list as a basic reference point.

World Group
Germany-Benjamin Becker (Baylor)
India-Somdev Devvarman (Virginia) Mahesh Bhupathi (Ole Miss)
Sweden-Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine/Fresno State)
US-John Isner (Georgia) Mike and Bob Bryan (Stanford)

Group I Americas
Dominican Republic- Jose Hernandez* (North Carolina)

Group II Americas
El Salvador- Marcelo Arevalo* (Tulsa)
Mexico- Luis Diaz-Barriga (Texas)
Guatemala- Julen Uriguen* (Virginia)

Group I Asia/Oceania
Australia-Peter Luczak (Fresno State)
Japan-Toshihide Matsui (BYU-Hawaii)
Philippines-Cecil Mamiit (Southern Cal)
Treat Huey (Virginia)

Group I Europe/Africa
Poland-Marcin Matkowski (UCLA)

Group II Europe/Africa
Great Britain- Ken Skupski (LSU)
Ireland- Conor Niland (Cal-Berkeley)
James McGee (NC State)
Norway- Erling Tveit (Ole Miss)
Estonia- Jaak Poldma* (Southern Cal)

*Currently competing for schools listed

If there are others I've haven't mentioned, please let me know. I am basically familiar only with Division I players, so it's likely I've missed any of those with a background in the other divisions.

I've received information that there has been a reconsideration of the effective date of the shortening of the time off between finishing high school and starting college. There has been a recommendation that the effective date be August 1, 2012, a year later than originally proposed. This is not official until it is voted on and approved, which is expected to happen at a meeting of the NCAA Legislative Council April 12-13. Once I receive word of the outcome of this vote, I will pass it along.

I also wanted to add that I've heard that juniors will be able to play among professionals in World Team Tennis this summer, not next summer, as I had originally thought. This means there is no reason for an all-amateur team, as the New York Buzz was last year. Instead, those who have yet to start college can be drafted or added by individual teams.


iluvtennis said...

Wow, Virginia has 4 players playing Davis Cup for their respective countries, impressive. Just think how good they would have been if Milos Raonic (also playing Davis Cup) had shown up.

lovecolette said...

Colette, this is off topic but have you heard anything about Madison Keys lately? Is she injured?

a bit jetlagged said...

Singh did not stay in Moscow for the actual matches, so he is potentially available for Sunday

getreal said...

Understandable that Urigan is playing Davis Cup as Guatamala does not have any players. But looks like he is not making the UVA line-up for any of the tougher matches. Is that correct?

Colette Lewis said...

I haven't heard anything, but her website says Keys was playing the past two S. America ITF junior events, but didn't. She is still in (as an alternate) at the Pro Circuit event in Clearwater next week.

Colette Lewis said...

Uriguen was listed as No. 9 on the Virginia lineup submitted for the Team Indoor.