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Lower Austria to host Davis Cup

By Rebecca Musgrave

Lower Austria will host the Davis Cup clash between Austria and Russia next year. From 10 to 12 February 2012 the Nova Arena in Wiener Neustadt, in the province of Lower Austria, will see the two rivals come head to head, an event which will no doubt have a positive economic impact on the town.

Around 4,000 tennis fans will flood to the town at the beginning of next year and the worldwide coverage of the event is hoped to improve tourism in the area. "Every Euro is used here by the state of Lower Austria. We can use this top event, especially in the emerging Russian market, to present a new image and to advertise Lower Austria," said ÖVP Minister Petra Bohuslav.

"Lower Austria has two top players in Melzer and Haider-Mauer and one of the biggest tennis talents in Dominic Theim and with the encouragement of the sport and top sport sponsorship it has set a high standard. Obviously we want to use this home advantage to help us on our way to the ultimate objective of the quarterfinal and to support our other top players like Oliver Manach, Julian Knowle, Alex Peya and also Martin Fischer, who are delighted to be playing back here in Lower Austria," said the new Davis Cup captain, Clemens Trimmel.

According to Governor Erwin Pröll, Lower Austria now plays host to numerous sporting events. "Our model has proved very successful. Thanks to the huge successes of our athletes, many high profile sport events and the diverse range of sports in Lower Austria, we have developed a very special status," he said.

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