World Group action starts in

World Group Play-off

16 Sep - 18 Sep 2011, Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium, Hard, Indoor

Team nominations

    • Xavier MALISSE
    • Date of birth:  19 Jul 1980
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking: 
    • Olivier ROCHUS
    • Date of birth:  18 Jan 1981
    • Singles ranking:  813
    • Doubles ranking:  867
    • Steve DARCIS
    • Date of birth:  13 Mar 1984
    • Singles ranking:  78
    • Doubles ranking:  502
    • Ruben BEMELMANS
    • Date of birth:  14 Jan 1988
    • Singles ranking:  95
    • Doubles ranking:  166
  • Captain Johan VAN HERCK
    • Jurgen MELZER
    • Date of birth:  22 May 1981
    • Singles ranking:  104
    • Doubles ranking:  38
    • Oliver MARACH
    • Date of birth:  16 Jul 1980
    • Singles ranking:  1179=
    • Doubles ranking:  51
    • Alexander PEYA
    • Date of birth:  27 Jun 1980
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking:  17
  • Captain Gilbert SCHALLER

News from the tie


  • Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • Alexander Peya (AUT) and Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)
  • Ruben Bemelmans (BEL)
  • Belgian supporters
  • Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
  • Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
  • Olivier Rochus (BEL)
  • Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
  • Austrian captain Gilbert Schaller
  • Austria celebrates
  • One for the fans
  • Captain Gilbert Schaller, Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • Oliver Marach (AUT)
  • Alexander Peya and Oliver Marach (AUT)
  • Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Austrian fans
  • Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Captain Johan van Herck with Steve Darcis and Olivier Rochus (BEL)
  • Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • Steve Darcis and Olivier Rochus (BEL)
  • Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • Belgian fans
  • Johan Van Herck (BEL)
  • Jurgen Melzer (AUT) and Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Steve Darcis (BEL)
  • Belgian Fans
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) with Captain Gilbert Schaller
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL)
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL) and Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Austrian Fan
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL) with Belgian Captain Johan Van Herck
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL)
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)
  • Belgian Team
  • Austrian Team
  • Referee Stefan Fransson (SWE) and Charles Trippe
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL) and Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
  • Xavier Malisse (BEL) and captain Johan van Herck
  • The draw in Antwerp
  • Steve Darcis (BEL) and Oliver Rochus (BEL)
  • The Austrian team
  • Tie Summary

    Austria and Belgium have met in four different occasions in the competition; the Austrians lead the head-to-head series between the two nations 4-0.

    Belgium played a very powerful Spanish team in the first round of the World Group in Charleroi. Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco won the singles rubbers on the opening day, before Verdasco teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to seal victory for Spain. The early elimination meant that the Belgians will need to compete in the playoffs in order to retain their place among the top tier teams.

    Austria lost 3-2 against France in an exciting World Group first round clash, played at a make-shift stadium inside a Vienna airport hangar. Jeremy Chardy proved to be the hero of the tie for the visitors, as he first upset world No. 10 Jurgen Melzer on day one before defeating Martin Fischer in the deciding fifth rubber.

    The Austrians have only missed the World Group once since 2003 but have been unable to go beyond the first round. The Belgians have been relegated from WG to Group I in five different occasions since 2000 but managed to reach the World Group quarterfinals in 2007.
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  • All-time head to head

    0 Total 5
    All-time head to head record

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