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08 April 2011

Germans settle on Stuttgart


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The German team celebrate

Germany has elected to play its Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal against France at the TC Weissenhof in Stuttgart.

It is only the second time that the tennis club, which is best known for being the venue for the Mercedes Cup, has played host to a Davis Cup tie.

Germany overcame South Africa 5-0 in the World Group play-offs there in September last year, but the current crop of German players will be looking to take inspiration from the city of Stuttgart itself.

In 1989, the Davis Cup Final between West Germany and Sweden took place at the Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart and it was the hosts who prevailed 3-2 thanks to a sensational performance by Boris Becker.

The former Grand Slam champion defeated both Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander, as well as partnering Eric Jelen to doubles success, to seal victory for his country.

And the hosts could have a battle on their hands if they are to overcome last year’s runner-up France.

The French will take confidence from the fact that they got the better of Germany in the first round last year, wrapping up victory after the end of the second day’s play.

But the Germans at home will prove a different prospect, especially if France has to contend with the injuries that have plagued its top singles players, Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, so far this year.

The tie takes place from Friday 8 July until Sunday 10 July.  

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