All hail Leon Smith I say – when he took over as Captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team in 2010 his first match was a relegation play off to avoid slipping to the third tier of the competition and let’s be honest the tennis wilderness. However Turkey were beaten and five years later he has masterminded a run to the Davis Cup final. Yes having Andy Murray, one of the best players on the planet, is a huge help, but he has managed to gel a team through the years to get to this point. Decisions such as bringing in Dan Evans from the wilderness to play his part against Australia (even in a losing cause) has shown he is not afraid to make tough decisions and if need be pick on form instead of loyalty. So it’s now off to Belgium at the end of November, it will be up to hosts to pick the venue so they do have an advantage, hence there is more work for Smith to do – something he is well aware of and the opportunity is now there to make history. Come on the Brits.
Ps Andy Murray now has the opportunity to win the Davis Cup to add to his US Open, Wimbledon and Olympic titles. Losing early at Flushing Meadows this year was a huge help in his preparation for the semi-final versus Australia and he duly earned three crucial points (one alongside his brother, Jamie, in the doubles) – despite clear discomfort at times. Before the final in Belgium he will be playing in the end of season ATP World Tour Finals in London. He will very likely only be playing two more tournaments before then so hopefully the body will be in good shape for the trip to Belgium. With a Davis Cup win, then he will only (I say only!!!!!!!) need to win in Melbourne Paris and win a World Tour Finals then the full complement of Tennis’ top trophies will be his. The Davis Cup has become a huge priority for the Scot this season justified now his team have reached the final, now for the win.
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JAPAN WOW!!!!!!! – Venue – Brighton Community Stadium / Date – 19th September 2015 / Activity – Rugby World Cup Pool B match South Africa v Japan. The dice was rolled at 32-29 as they binned off the guaranteed draw they would have got with an easy kick at goal and went for it after keeping themselves in the game against two time champions South Africa. Fair play and what a result – fully deserved and for me anyways the biggest ever shock at the Rugby World Cup. Fast forward 24 hours – Argentina 10-9 up against New Zealand very close to the end of the first half and on top. The All Blacks go down to 13 men (key players McCaw and Smith in the bin) but Argentina take the three points for the kick at goal and by half-time it becomes a one point game after a last second penalty by Dan Carter, they eventually lose gallantly by 10 points. But for me why did they not gamble when their fellow Southern Hemisphere opponents were down to 13 and attempt to get a try and extend the lead further and really pile the pressure on the World Champions – they may well have lost anyways but nobody expected anything else at the start of the game. They played safe when for me a gamble could have seen another shock at this World Cup. Japan for me have shown the way to go– if you have nothing to lose GO FOR IT.
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