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2004 May 20 - Davis Cup: GB vs Austria on clay

It's a well known fact that the worst court surface for a Great British team is clay, so that's exactly what the Austrian Davis Cup team have specified as the surface of choice for their World Group play-off decider on September 24-26 in Poertschach, Austria.

The 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.

Thomas Muster (Austria Davis Cup Captain) said:

"Britain's players are very good on grass and hard courts, but they don't feel at home on clay.

"On the other hand, my team consists of players who prefer to compete on clay."

Tim Henman added on his official website:

"Having home advantage in Davis Cup is huge.

"The selection of the right surface gives host nations a great opportunity and it's no surprise Austria have chosen to play on clay.

"There's no doubt it's going to be a tough assignment but playing in the World Group is one of my major goals for next year, so I'm really looking forward to it."

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