Tennis: Australia pull out of doubles in tit-for-tat with Canada

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MADRID (Information) – Australia retired one recreation into their doubles useless rubber in opposition to Belgium on the Davis Cup Finals, putting the revamped match below additional scrutiny a day after Canada forfeited a doubles rubber in opposition to the US.

Tennis – Davis Cup – Semi-Finals – Belgium vs Australia – Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium – September 17, 2017 Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt throughout the match between Belgium’s David Goffin and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios Information/Yves Herman

With a scheduling logjam pushing matches previous midnight for a second successive day, Australia received each their singles in opposition to Belgium to seal a quarter-final conflict in opposition to Canada however had little motivation to strive for a sweep within the early hours of Thursday.

Australia’s John Friends and Jordan Thompson did take the court docket for the Group D doubles rubber however walked off after claiming the opening recreation.

Belgium, knocked out of the match, got a 6-Zero 6-Zero win by organisers.

Tennis Australia tweeted that Friends had “wrist damage issues” however captain Lleyton Hewitt later stated the doubles specialist had a sore elbow.

“It was a simple resolution for me as a result of I’m not risking him earlier than we’ve got a quarter-final match tomorrow,” Hewitt informed reporters.

“He’ll be getting therapy tonight and icing it. Hopefully it pulls up effectively for tomorrow night time.”

Canada forfeited their doubles rubber in Tuesday’s Group F conflict in opposition to the US, additionally after profitable each singles rubbers.

“Three of the Canadian gamers had been handed unfit to the play the doubles,” organisers the ITF stated on the time.

With the 2 finest runners-up within the six teams becoming a member of the group winners within the quarter-finals, the US stood to profit from being successfully gifted the 2 6-Zero units.

However the Individuals had been in the end knocked out regardless of beating Italy 2-1, with their three-set victory within the deciding doubles rubber ending after four a.m. native time (0300 GMT).

Earlier than the United States-Italy match, world No. 2 Novak Djokovic stated it was unfair the Individuals had been awarded a 6-Zero 6-Zero win by forfeit.

“I believe everybody ought to be obliged to come back out and play, a minimum of play,” he stated after Serbia beat Japan Three-Zero.

Britain’s Andy Murray agreed.

“I don’t assume that’s good. I used to be saying I felt like one of many optimistic issues to the best way the group phases work is that the entire matches are dwell, there isn’t any useless rubbers.

“So the place Canada might have felt that that was a useless rubber in concept for them as a result of they had been already by, that might have implications to the entire groups doubtlessly which may end in second place.

“Additionally they’d have had two days off as effectively after that so I believe they need to have performed the tie.”

Canada will face Australia within the first quarter-final afterward Thursday, with the good thing about an additional day’s relaxation in comparison with their opponents.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 19, 2019 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates with teammates after profitable his group stage match in opposition to Taylor Fritz of the U.S. Information/Susana Vera

“Yeah, there’s not so much we will do, actually,” stated Hewitt.

“No less than they’re on an evening schedule, they need to be used to it.”

The most effective second-placed nations are determined first on matches received, then particular person rubbers, then units after which video games.

Reporting by Martyn Herman in Madrid and Ian Ransom in Melbourne, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar / Peter Rutherford