The pre-draw Davis Cup press conference was held today at the Spyros Kyprianou Stadium in Limassol. In addressing both teams, as well as the various representatives of the media, Mr. Philios Christodoulou, President of the Cyprus Tennis Federation, has welcomed everybody for the first time in Davis Cup history in Limassol, giving details of the whole event regarding this year´s important tie against Egypt, taking place in Cyprus from the 5th till the 7th of March 2010.
As Mr. Christodoulou pointed out, these matches will be characterised by the fair play which will be conducted by both teams during the matches, in order for all tennis fans coming at the Spyros Kyprianou stadium, to enjoy a spectacular weekend of elite indoor tennis in Cyprus.
The Cyprus Tennis Federation has also made special arrangements for a TV live coverage of all the tennis matches by CYTAVISION, during the three day event, as well as a live streaming on the internet, both locally and internationally. Mr. Christodoulou, has thanked all the sponsors, especially Cytanet (Team Sponsor), Agros Water, KLIK FM, OPAP Cyprus, Aphrodite Hills Resort (Domestic Sponsors), Babolat Tennis balls, and everybody who has contributed in making this event possible.
Mr. Yiannos Hadjigeorghiou, Captain of the Cyprus Tennis Team, pointed out the toughness of this tie against Egypt, which is considered a very strong opponent. In the meantime, Yiannos stressed out the fact that our team is currently in very good form, expecting that it will perform at its best and gain the tie this weekend. The captain also noted that each match is important, the surface is quite slow making each match quite difficult and that special consideration must be given to the doubles match on Saturday.
Our Champion Marcos Baghdatis being very keen of the hosting of the event in Limassol, looked very confident and ready for the matches. Marcos talked about a lot of important emotions during this tie, playing in front of his home crowd, however, stressed out the fact that saving energy in every match will be very important, also playing good tennis and keeping things simple by winning straight forward matches, will be the criteria to success. Ending up, our Champion invited all Cyprus tennis fans to attend the matches, support our team and enjoy a spectacular event, starting on Friday.
Our Champion Marcos Baghdatis continued his excellent performances for the Davis Cup Team, going into the court very determined and finishing the match easily, in 3 straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.
Baghdatis who controlled the match from the beginning gave no chances to the Egyptian, Sherif Sabry, who was unable to react against the explosiveness and hard hitting from our Champion. Baghdatis continuing his upcoming top form of the past two months, showed differences in his strategy by playing more baselines shots with a high percentage, being more fit and moving around the court extremely quickly.
Baghdatis will now join our Champion Kallias for the tomorrow's doubles match at 4:00 pm.
"...I played very solid today and I am very happy with myself...I feel very fit and confident and definately this reflects to my playing and results on court...I feel that me and Photos will get a positive result tomorrow...I would like to thank everybody who attended the games today and hope that we will have all the Cypriot fans by our side, something they always do in Davis Cup matches..." our Champion noted during the press conference.
Rares’ name got my attention last July. it was then when he joined the Cypriot Davis Cup team for the first time to play the tie against Ireland. given his name, i immediately got that he’s neither a Cypriot of Greek descent nor a Cypriot of Turkish descent. so, i did a bit of research.
don’t know Romanian, so i used google translation which gave me this:
“Rares after his nomination talked to his father Gabriel Cuzdriorean only to tell him that he felt like he was in the ninth heaven because he had the happy privilege to play on the same team as Marcos Baghdatis” (seems that Romanians are speaking of ninth heaven, not of seventh heaven as we Greeks say, when in state of great joy ). “Jean Dobrescu , his childhood mentor, is still his coach. Rares’ license is of the Sporting Club of Limassol.”
“Rares beat all his opponents to secure his participation in the Cypriot Davis Cup team activities. he’s now the No.1 of Cyprus in domestic competitions.”
i prefer not to translate the whole article cause i feel disgusted and ashamed that racism is still an issue in the beautiful Mediterranean island of Middle East. just to say this, Yiannos Hatjigeorgiou (coach of the Cypriot Davis Cup team) felt the need to apologise for his decision to include Rares in the team by saying that he’s the best player in the domestic competitions and a Cypriot citizen as well. “I’m not racist to deprive him of his rights cause of his Romanian descent” Hatjigeorgiou said…