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Tennis' troubled team events

Team competitions like Davis Cup and Fed Cup are about pride and playing for one's country. Then how come so many of the world's top players don't participate?

Updated: April 17, 2007, 2:13 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Nothing in tennis gets the blood boiling more than a lively Davis Cup series. Usually solitary warriors, the players join forces and cheer each other on. Flags wave, fans scream and when all these emotions enter the picture, the possibility of stirring drama increases. Each year, on every continent, there are tales of Davis Cup matches that prove legendary basketball coach John Wooden's remark that "sport doesn't build character, it reveals it."

Sadly, the Davis Cup is in disrepair. ...

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