TENNIS ROUNDUP : Lyon, Not Paris, Will Be Site of U.S.-France Davis Cup Final
The Davis Cup final between France and the United States will be played in a Lyon arena starting Nov. 29, the French Tennis Federation announced Thursday.
France’s biggest indoor arena, Bercy, is in Paris, but other bookings made it difficult to accommodate three days of Davis Cup play.
Lyon’s Palais des Sports Gerland has a capacity of 9,000. Bercy can hold 15,000.
The type of surface was not announced, but it is expected to be a fast, synthetic variety.
In the semifinals, France defeated Yugoslavia, 5-0, and the United States beat Germany, 3-2.
At Basel, Switzerland, Jimmy Connors outclassed fourth-seeded Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors. Eighth-seeded John McEnroe, the defending champion, advanced to the round of eight with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over younger brother Patrick McEnroe.
At Brisbane, Australia, defending champion Brad Gilbert and Aaron Krickstein advanced to the quarterfinals of the Queensland Open with straight-set victories. The top-seeded Gilbert crushed Niclas Kroon of Sweden, 6-2, 6-1, in 68 minutes, and Krickstein, the No. 3-seeded player, ousted Australian Mark Woodforde, 6-3, 7-5.
At Palermo, Sicily, Yannick Noah of France beat Claudio Pistolesi of Italy, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals of an ATP tournament. Jorde Arrese of Spain, Massimo Cierro of Italy and Frederic Fontang of France also moved into the quarterfinals.
At Bayonne, France, defending champion Nathalie Tauziat of France advanced to the quarterfinals of a women’s tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over unseeded Karina Habsudova of Czechoslovakia. Tauziat next will face eighth-seeded Eva Sviglerova, another Czechoslovak, who beat Kristin Godridge of Australia, 6-0, 6-2.