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2004 Apr 13 - Davis Cup play-off: GB v Austria
Great Britain have been drawn away to Austria in the World Group play-off decider on
September 24-26. This decider will be a winner takes all event with the winner competing
against the best countries in the world in the elite 16 World Group, and the loser playing
in the Europe/Africa Zone group.
Britain last played Austria was back in 1991 - a home tie in Manchester. Ironically,
it was Jeremy Bates (current British Davis Cup Captain) who was British No.1 at the time and
he led the way to a 3-1 win.
Although Britain were lucky not to have drawn against any of the bigger countries in
the play-off - such as Australia, Russia or Germany - Austria do have two top 100 players
in Jurgen Melzer and Stefan Koubek so the tie will not be as easy as it was against Luxembourg.
Former Austrian No.1 tennis player Thomas Muster has now become Austrian Davis Cup Captain. Of the
forthcoming encounter with Great Britain he said:
"Britain are certainly beatable, especially since we can play at home.
"We are trying to turn things round again after our drought in the late 90s. And the
Davis Cup is one big chance to do so."
Prior to the draw, Tim Henman said:
"We have qualified for the World Group on maybe three or four occasions and we have
lost every time," he told BBC Sport.
"It's a big incentive for us just to try and win a match and we have got a good chance
of doing that this time.
"If we're fit and healthy then we will fancy our chances."
The complete list of World Group play-off matches are as follows:
Australia v Morocco
Chile v Japan
Croatia v Belgium
Paraguay v Czech Republic
Slovak Republic v Germany
Austria v Great Britain
Romania v Canada
Russia v Thailand
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