Tennis: Davis Cup
The Davis Cup World Group games will take place this weekend. France will play against Spain in Clermont-Ferrand (France), Russia will play against Argentina in Moscow, Croatia will play against Serbia in Split (Croatia), while Chile will play against Czech Republic in Coquimbo (Chile).
Simona Halep qualifies for Biarritz quarterfinals
Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has qualified for the quarterfinals of the ITF tournament in Biarritz (France), a tournament totaling USD 100,000 in prizes, after defeating France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the last-16 stage, score 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. In the quarterfinals Halep (top seed 5) will play against Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka (top seed 3). In the doubles events, Monica Niculescu and Lourdes Dominguez-Lino have qualified for the semifinals after defeating Australia’s Sophie Ferguson and Trudi Musgrave, score 7-5, 6-1. In the semifinals Niculescu and Dominguez (top seed 2) will play against Australia’s Sally Peers and France’s Aurelie Vedy (top seed 3).
Athletics: Marian Oprea wins in Rethymnon
Romanian athlete Marian Oprea has won the triple jump event at the 26th edition of the Vardinoyiannia international competition in Rethymnon, Crete. Oprea jumped 17.02 metres, outclassing America’s Kenta Bell (16.90 meters) and Italy’s Fabrizio Schembri (16.85 metres). Romania’s Sergiu Ursu finished on 4th position in the discus throw event (63.41 metres). Hungary’s Robert Fazekas won the event with a 66.21-metre throw, followed by Australia’s Ben Harradine (65.83 metres) and Iran’s Mohammad Samimi (65.41 metres).
Mutu reaches agreement with Al Nassr, Italian press
Romanian striker Adrian Mutu has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, a club willing to pay EUR 5-6 M to Fiorentina and a total salary of EUR 10.5 M to the player for a three-year contract, the Italian press informs, quoted by Agerpres. According to ‘Corriere dello Sport-Stadio,’ the transfer was about to become official yesterday. ‘Gazetta dello Sport,’ another Italian sports daily, announced that Fiorentina’s sports director “is currently analyzing two offers from Fenerbahce and Al Nassr.” Al Nassr’s Italian head coach Walter Zenga insists on transferring Mutu.
Francesco Toldo retires
Inter Milan’s goalkeeper Francesco Toldo has announced his retirement, thus putting an end to a professional career of over 20 years. Toldo (38) played a total of 147 games for Inter after his transfer there in 2001, winning five consecutive titles, three Italian Cups as well as the Champions League (he was a substitute in the CL final). Previously he played eight season for Fiorentina, a team with which he won two Italian Cups. Francesco Toldo played 29 games for Italy’s national team from 1995 to 2004.
Tennis: Davis Cup