epa03483473 The newly appointed captain of the German Davis Cup team Carsten Arriens is pictured at the tennis stadium am Rothenbaum in Hamburg, Germany, 23 November 2012. Arriens will start his his new job as team captain in the first round match of the Davis Cup World Group on 1-3 February 2013 in Argentina. EPA/ANGELIKA WARMUTH |
Germany has put aside the Davis Cup intra-squad spat which resulted in the resignation of captain Patrick Kuhnen last month, with former player Carsten Arriens appointed to take over the squad in time for February’s Davis Cup first-round tie with Argentina.
The German side has been in disarray all season after the refusal of Philip Kohlschreiber to play for the team after what he felt was a slight from Tommy Haas regarding his conditioning. When Kuhnen, at the helm for a decade, refused to get involved earlier this year, Kohlschreiber didn’t bother to play.
But the arrival of Arriens may calm the waters. The 43-year-old had a modest career on the ATP from 1991-1999, claiming one Tour title. Since 2002 he’s been a coach for the German federation.
Finland's Jarkko Nieminen earned an upset of Colombian seventh seed Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 as the smaller men's event took a definite second billing to the women also on at Devonshire Park.
Judy Murray has finally made a response to criticism from Boris Becker three years ago that her son Andy would not win a grand slam title until she was on the sidelines. Wimbledon champion Murray won the title at the All England club last summer, under the tutelage of Ivan Lendl, since departed from the coaching team.
With two wins from three grass matches so far in Britain, Bernard Tomic is starting to feel optimistic about his tennis again, The 21-year-old Australian who underwent double hip surgery at the start of the year, did however have a complaint about noise distraction during his opening victory at Eastbourne over Andrey Golubev.
David Ferrer, the world no.7 who has been a Wimbledon quarterfinalist for the last two years, has flown back home to Valencia for a major check up with his doctor and rates himself as doubtful for the Championships that begin next Monday.
Many big stars recall it as wacky Wednesday. The third day of last year’s Championships when Wimbledon’s grass began to play more like an ice rink of several big names, such as Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Marin Cilic all suffered bad tumbles while Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw because of an injury she suffered because of a slip on court a few days earlier.