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India went in to their Davis Cup tie against South Korea having only one of their first choice players in the form of multiple Grand Slam winner Leander Paes in the team. Following a dispute with AITA, 11 top Indian players refused to play in the tie including the likes of Somdev Devvarman, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna. This forced India to field a second string side and left Paes to face the burden of carrying the country’s hopes alongside newcomers Virali-Murugesand Ranjeet and Vijayant Malik.

Consequently, India was on the back foot even before the tie took place and the considerably better South Korean side capitalised on this advantage to rout the Indians 4-1 in the Davis Cup and move on to the next stage.

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The ITF, through its National Associations, will present further Davis Cup Commitment Awards during this weekend’s 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round ties on Saturday 2 February.

This new award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20-home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including Zone Group events) over their career.

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The ITF announced today that it has appointed the Tennis Federation of Myanmar as host of the 2013 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group III and IV events. The two events will be held in consecutive weeks at the Thein Byu Tennis Stadium, the national tennis centre in Yangon, between 22 April and 5 May.

The fact that the events are being staged in back-to-back weeks at the same venue means that there will be a two-week tennis festival at the ten-court facility with a total of 19 nations set to take part.

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The Czech Republic have taken what could be a decisive 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup Final against defending champions Spain by winning the crucial Saturday Doubles encounter in 4 sets.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek unsurprisingly stepped into the Czech side for this match, replacing the previously listed duo of Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol who in all fairness aren't really in the same league as their more illustrious compatriots.

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The ITF today launched the Davis Cup Commitment Award at the 100th Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Czech Republic and Spain at the O2 Arena in Prague.

This new award has been conceived as part of the ITF's 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented by the ITF to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20-home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including zone group events) over their career.

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There was no separating Spain and the Czech Republic after the opening day of the Davis Cup Final in Prague with both higher ranked players winning the opening singles encounters for their respective sides. David Ferrer continued his exceptional run this year to overcome Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that was probably a tad more competitive than the scoreline suggests. The home fans were then treated to a humdinger as Tomas Berdych saw off the challenge of Nicolas Almagro in a thrilling five set encounter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to draw the hosts level.

Ferrer got the defending champions off to a perfect start, breaking Stepanek late in the first set in the 8th game before holding on to his serve in the following game to wrap it up comfortably enough. The Spaniard stretched his run of games early in the second set, going up a break, but Stepanek battled back to draw level midway through the set. Ferrer though quickly regained his advantage and wasted little time in opening up a 2-set to love lead.

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The ITF today announced the launch of the Davis Cup Commitment Award at the 100th Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final between Czech Republic and Spain at the O2 Arena in Prague on 16-18 November.

This new award has been conceived as part of the ITF's 2013 Centenary celebrations, and will be presented by the ITF to Davis Cup players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in this prestigious competition. Each award recipient will have competed in a minimum of 20-home-and-away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including zone group events) over their career.

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