OK, if Argentina doesn't win the Davis Cup this year, then my man Alberto Mancini needs to be bounced from his job as captain.
Actually, if Argentina doesn't win every Davis Cup for the rest of the decade, then some rule should be made to send them back to Zonal play.
And you know what? Now that I think of it, Argentina should actually be penalized for not having won multiple Davis Cup titles in the 2000s or the Aughts or whatever you want to call these years!
The other Davis Cup semi going on this weekend has Argentina hosting Russia, which has some pretty good clay-court players, to say the least, in Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev. The home team is throwing out one of the hottest players on the planet in Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian to play singles.
Now, the reason I made those statements about there needing to be repercussions for Argentina not dominating is because if you were to think about it, has there been a nation with a deeper talent pool in men's tennis over the past few years? From Guillermo Coria to Guillermo Canas to Nalbandian to del Potro to many others, the depth is crazy! There's Agustin Calleri, Juan Ignacio Chela, Juan Monaco ... shall I go on?
It seems the book on the team is that if you get to host them, you have to put them on something other than clay: Hard, carpet, glass, ice ... whatever. But Argentina has players that have had success on faster surfaces (and not only Nalbandian; Canas has a Masters shield from Canada on his resume). I just don't get why they haven't won a title yet and only have two runner-up finishes in the nation's history, in 1981 and 2006!
If they win against Russia (I'm going with a score of 3-2 in their favor; I think del Potro's gonna be shaky) then they get to host the winner of the U.S.-Spain tie. Come on Alberto! (I was a fan of his when he was playing.) Get it together for your guys or get going! You can't help but win with the way things are set up this year!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.