I've played tennis the majority of my life, and it's my number-one sport, obviously. But I've also always been a big team sports guy. Since I've lived in New York, I've embraced the concept of having local pro sports teams to root for, something that I missed out on growing up in Mobile, Ala.
Maybe that's why I'm such a big Davis Cup dude: It combines my favorite sport, which for the most part is considered an individual one, with the team aspect.
That being said, though, Fed Cup has never captivated me. I don't know if it's the format, which has changed a few times over the years, or the fact that it attracts so far fewer top players than Davis Cup does, with many of them bailing with injuries; or the weird scheduling … I don't know what it is. It's probably the most-ignored tennis event on my radar, sad to say.
Anyway, despite all that, I did happen to notice that Russia won its fourth Fed Cup title in five years today over Spain. Really, though, was there any doubt who would win that? Russia's so deep, it should only play Fed Cup matches against itself!
Congrats to those players that got this far and pulled it off. It means a lot, obviously, to the winners and is a great accomplishment. It's a shame it can't captivate other players—and me, too.
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.