Andy’s Reads – Roddick in Lip Sync and Scary Ball Kids

Grunting drives people nuts.  That includes the person on the other side of the net (Deadspin)

Sania Mirza to return to tennis later this year after having a baby (TennisWorld)

Australian tennis drama featuring Bernard Tomic and Lleyton  Hewitt continues (Fox Sports)

Serena Williams appears on Lip Sync Battle with Andy Roddick (People)

Ball kid scares the hell out of Sabine Lisicki (News)

First, she coached Andy Murray.  Now, she is having success with Lucas Pouille.  Despite Amelie Mauresmo’s success, women coaches are a rarity in men’s tennis  (ESPN)

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New Davis Cup Format Explained

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Davis Cup will be played under the new format in 2019.  Response to the new format has been mixed.

Here’s how it works in a nutshell.

  • 24 teams will vie for 12 spots (qualifiers) in the Finals that will take place in November. The losing teams will move on to Zone Group competition.
  • These 12 qualifiers, 4 semifinalists from the previous year, and 2 wildcard entries will compete in the Final in November.
  • These 18 teams will face off in six round-robin groups of threeThe six group winners, and the two second-place teams with the best records, will move on to the quarterfinals
  • From that quarterfinals, competition will be single elimination to decide the Davis Cup winner.
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