Melzer hopes to lift Austria in Davis Cup tie in aircraft hangar


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  • Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011

LONDON: Juergen Melzer said he hoped Austria would make a flying start to their Davis Cup campaign when they take on 2010 runners-up France inside an aircraft hangar at Vienna’s international airport.

An indoor claycourt has been constructed for the March 4-6 tie with seating installed for 6,000 fans and Melzer said he was looking forward to christening the unlikely venue.

“I don’t know too much about it but I’ve been there and seen it,” Melzer, the world number 10, told the Davis Cup’s official website (www.daviscup.com).

“It’s a big thing, I mean normally it’s got a Boeing 777 parked in it so it’s a huge space. We are expecting a full house with 6,000 people in it.

“It’s the first time something like this took place in an airport so we are looking forward to it.”

Spain have staged Davis Cup ties at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid.

France, beaten by Serbia in last year’s final, are struggling with Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet ruled out of the tie and Melzer hopes home advantage will give Austria a first Davis Cup victory over France.

“I will have to lead the team, “ he said. “We have done quite a good job keeping ourselves in the World Group. Now it’s time for the youngsters to step up.”

WASHINGTON: Sam Querrey will sit out the United States’ Davis Cup tie against Chile next week because of an injured shoulder, US captain Jim Courier said on Monday.

Querrey, ranked 24th in the world, will skip the first-round competition to prepare for the upcoming hardcourt season, Courier said.

“Sam has been having trouble with his right shoulder and he got an MRI on Friday that revealed a slight impingement in his rotator cuff,” Courier said in a statement. — Reuters

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