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Nick Kyrgios to lead Australia against Slovakia in Davis Cup

Australia’s No.1 player Nick Kyrgios will face Slovakia’s Andrej Martin in the opening match of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Play-off tie tomorrow at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney. Bernard Tomic will then take on Jozef Kovalik in the second singles rubber.

On Saturday Sam Groth and John Peers will meet Martin and Igor Zelenay in the all-important doubles rubber.

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Conchita Martinez eyes Davis Cup title

With only one Grand Slam in her kitty, Spain's non-playing Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez regrets not winning more titles during her tennis career, but is now eager to fulfill that void my achieving success as a coach.

Conchita had won the women' singles title at Wimbledon in 1994, defeating American legend Martina Navratilova in the final.

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Davis Cup set to inspire next generation

Six indigenous youth from around Australia will take part in a special camp to coincide with this weekend’s Davis Cup tie in Sydney as part of Tennis Australia’s ongoing commitment to youth development.

The players attending the third instalment of the Indigenous Young Leaders’ Camp, Trent Marlin (Camden, NSW), Adrian Foster (Kariong, NSW), Corey Clarke (Port Macquarie, NSW), Krystal Clarke (Port Macquarie, NSW), Lily Bougoure (Noosaville, Qld) and Tiarna Rowlatt (Wollongong, NSW), were selected from the Evonne Goolagong Foundation’s National Development Camp. 

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Leander Paes: "It will be a tough tie"

India on Tuesday put up a brave face ahead of their Davis Cup World Group Play-off against mighty Spain with veteran Leander Paes asserting the hosts are unfazed by the magnitude of the challenge confronting them and are determined to battle it out in their own backyard.

Spain have brought over a star-studded squad which includes 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, World No.13 David Ferrer and the the doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.

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Anand Amritraj hoping for a Davis Cup miracle

India may be the underdogs against mighty Spain in the upcoming Davis Cup World tennis Group Play-off, but the hosts chose to put up a brave face in New Delhi on Tuesday. Spain have brought over a star-studded squad which includes 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, World No.13 David Ferrer and the the doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. The hosts, on the other hand, have a comparatively insipid squad spearheaded by veteran star Leander Paes.

India will field Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the singles and the relatively inexperienced duo are expected to face an uphill battle against Nadal and Ferrer. To make matters worse, the Indian doubles combination, traditionally the strong point of the hosts, has been weakened by the withdrawal of Rohan Bopanna due to injury. As a result, Paes is expected to take on the might of the Spanish along with the relatively inexperienced Myneni.

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