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02 September 2013

Teams announced for Antwerp tie


Photo: Antoine CouvercelleIsraeli fans

With ten days to go until the start of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off between Belgium and Israel, the teams that will be contesting the tie have been announced.

Rescheduled to be played on Thursday 12 September, Friday 13 September and Sunday 15 September because of the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur on Saturday 14 September, the tie looks set to be of note for more than just a change in the dates.

Both teams have named their strongest possible line-ups for what will surely be one of the closest World Group play-offs contested this year.

The home team will be led into action by world No. 72 David Goffin who, after breaking through at 2012 Roland Garros, will be hoping to find some of the form on clay that saw him propelled into the spotlight as a 21-year-old lucky loser in Paris last year.

Goffin has struggled to maintain the consistency required to excel on the men's professional tour but has shown that he is capable of pushing even the very best players on his day.

He fell in the first round at Flushing Meadows to Ukraine's Alexandr Dologopolov after enjoying a string of qualifying success on the American hard court swing.

Goffin's opposite number will be world No. 77 Dudi Sela, who will be arriving in Antwerp fresh from reaching the second round at the US Open.

The diminutive Israeli came through a five-set battle with Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov in the opening round at Flushing Meadows before falling in straight sets against Janko Tipsarevic.

Sela has had an excellent year on the Challenger circuit and entered New York on the back of a title at the Astana Challenger and a runner-up finish at the Istanbul Challenger.

Belgium's No. 2 could potentially be one of the remaining three players on the team, who are separated in ranking by just 22 places.

World No. 142 Olivier Rochus, No. 154 Ruben Bemelmans and No. 164 Steve Darcis are all in contention to play as the second singles player when captain Johan van Herck names his team.

Israel's team is more clear-cut. World No. 188 Amir Weintraub will play as the No. 2 singles player and he will be looking to replicate the form that he showed at this time last year when he led Israel to a famous victory over Japan in the World Group play-offs.

The tried and trusted doubles duo of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram completes the Israeli line-up for what is sure to be a vital doubles rubber on Friday.

The teams are listed below:


David Goffin
Olivier Rochus
Ruben Bemelmans
Steve Darcis


Dudi Sela
Amir Weintraub
Jonathan Erlich
Andy Ram

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