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Australia downs Chinese Taipei 5-0 in Asia/Oceania Group 1. Following the Australian Open the focus turned to Taiwan and our Davis Cup Asia/Oceania 1st round match against Chinese Taipei, over the weekend 1-3 February with our team of Marinko Matosevic, Lleyton Hewitt, Matthew Ebden and Chris Guccione, with Captain Pat Rafter. The venue was the Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts in Kaohsiung City, on an outdoor hard-court surface. Day 1 singles saw Lleyton Hewitt defeat Tsung-Hua Yang 6/4 6/4 6/4 and Matthew Ebden defeated Ti Chen 6/3 6/4 7/5. Day 2 doubles was another three set victory to Australia with Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione combining to defeat Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng 7/6(6) 6/4 6/2. With the tie wrapped up Pat Rafter took the opportunity to substitute Lleyton with Marinko Matosevic who defeated Ti Chen 7/6(5) 6/3, whilst Matthew Ebden rounded off the day with a 6/1 6/2 victory against Tsung-Hua Yang in the reverse singles.
Next Tie Details
After the resounding victory against Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on the weekend 1-3 February the Australian team now faces Uzbekistan who is also seeded, and has the advantage of the choice of venue. This 2nd round tie in the Asia/Oceania Group 1, which will be held on the weekend 5-7 April could prove a difficult assignment against formidable opponents, who , along with Australia, made the 2012 play-off round in September, where they were defeated by Kazakhstan 3-1. Members wishing to attend this tie, which will probably be held in Uzbekistan, should contact Ian Jane at Bentleigh Travel to obtain details of the proposed package. Bentleigh Travel, who are the official travel agents of the Foundation, can be contacted on telephone: 03 9557 5898, facsimile: 03 9557 4786 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis Cup Results
Asia/Oceania Group 1 Zone tie Chinese Taipei v Australia
Lleyton Hewitt d Tsung-Hua Yang 6-4 6-4 6-4 Mat Ebden d Ti Chen 6-3 6-4 7-5 Chris Guccione /Lleyton Hewitt d Hsien-Yin Peng/Hsin-Han Lee 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-2 Marinko Matosevic d Ti Chen 7-6 (5) 6-3 Mat Ebden d Tsung-Hua Yang 6-1 6-2
The AO Luncheon On Friday 25 January, 243 members and guests ventured to the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1953 Davis Cup victory, played on the Centre Court at Kooyong before a sell-out crowd when Australia defeated the U.S.A. 3/2. Our President Neale Fraser was again supported on the microphone by Fred Stolle, 1965 French open singles and 1966 US open singles champion, winner of 10 grand slam doubles and 7 grand slam mixed doubles titles, with a world ranking of 2 and now a noted Media personality.
The Fred and Neale show.
Our special guests were two of the players in that tie, Ken Rosewall and Rex Hartwig, who entertained us with some lively commentary of their recollections including some interesting insight into the controversial, doubles selection. Also in attendance was the legendary Frank Sedgman, tie squad member Clive Wilderspin (Neale Fraser and Fred Stolle were also squad members), Roy Emerson and Darren Cahill, along with Jenny Hoad, widow of the late Lew Hoad. Unfortunately Merv Rose was a late withdrawal owing to his wifeâ€™s illness.
Members enjoying the AO Luncheon.
Members and guests were offered a tour of the expansive Clubhouse by Cedric Mason, and valued the opportunity to view the extensive memorabilia display and a venture down to Centre Court, now time warped into history. The Board of the Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support given to this special day by the Herald & Weekly Times, who provided each guest with a commemorative booklet and donated a large poster of the front page of the final edition of the Herald newspaper on New Yearâ€™s Eve, Tuesday 31 December 1953, which, reported on the victory. Our thanks also to Anna White and Ian Johnson for support of the lively auction conducted by Fred Stolle assisted by Rob Hinton and to the wine raffle conducted over lunch. Finally, thanks to our host venue, Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Their valued support added significantly to the financial success of the day.
Ken Rosewall autographs the Herald poster.
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Our President Neale Fraser has indicated that the Foundation will continue to focus on a celebration of various Davis Cup victories at our Australian Open Luncheons into the foreseeable future.
Next Davis Cup Tie Venue Asia/Oceania Group 1 Second Round Match Australia vs. Uzbekistan Venue: Uzbekistan has choice of venue Dates: Friday 05 April to Sunday 07 April 2013
1953 Davis Cup Victory
ADCTF Silent Auction One highlight of the AO Luncheon was the Silent Auction with 10 items up for serious bidding, ranging from two Wimbledon Royal Box programmes autographed by former winners to a cap from the1999 Zimbabwe Davis Cup tie, signed by the team and a Yonex racquet autographed by Lleyton Hewitt.
The items, which included a framed Australian Open poster from 2001 signed by Rod Laver and donated by Marjorie Mould attracted a great deal of interest and raised $2945. We extend our special thanks to the various donors who supported the Silent Auction.Neale Fraser Kooyong Tennis Academy Marjorie Mould Brokenwood Wines Richard Naughton and Jason Gray - Gray Nicholls Any members having tennis memorabilia items they no longer require are encouraged to consider donating them to the Foundation.
Members attending the AO Luncheon each received a copy of an 8-page commemorative booklet celebrating Australia’s victory in the 1953 Davis Cup tie. Our thanks to the Herald & Weekly Times for their assistance in researching, compiling, editing and producing this interesting publication. A real collector’s item of historical significance. Ken Rosewall was particularly interested in the old photographs especially one of his Mother. Members can view the contents of this booklet on the Foundation web-site www.adctf.org.au
For the Diary in 2013 - 2014 Friday 5 - Sunday 7 April 2013, Uzbekistan v Australia tie Sunday 26 May – Sunday 9 June 2013, French Open Championships Monday 24 June – Sunday 7 July 2013, Wimbledon Championships Monday 26 August - Monday 9 September, US Open Championships Monday 13 January 2014 - Sunday 27 January, Aust. Open Championships Friday 24 January 2014 - AO Luncheon
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With the Australian Open tennis done and dusted and the winners, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, now well and truly through Customs and on their way home, it may be worthwhile to look back at the great achievements of some young Australian players at the Open. Local duo Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova clinched the Australian Open mixed doubles title in their first Grand Slam tournament as playing partners. Wildcards Ebden and Gajdosova triumphed over unseeded Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena. Matthew of course was part of our Davis Cup team in Taiwan. Another outstanding performance was in the Women’s Double Final on Rod Laver Arena where the Aussie pair of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua put up a strong fight to go down to the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 2/6 6/3 2/6. Aussie junior Nick Kyrgios is the Australian Open boys’ champion for 2013. The 17-year-old from the ACT defeated fellow countryman and close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis in the final, winning 7-6(4) 6-3 on their first visit to Rod Laver Arena. And as Tennis Australia reported on this match “No better script could have been written for the highly anticipated final, with two Australians battling it out on Australia’s most prestigious court on the country’s national day”. But in the end it was Kyrgios who did the celebrating, claiming his first Grand Slam championship and wrapping up a stellar tournament where he did not drop a single set.
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