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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 September 2005, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Ivanisevic offered Davis Cup spot
Goran Ivanisevic (left) congratulates Ivan Ljubicic after Croatia's semi-final win
Croatia captain Niki Pilic wants former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic in his squad for the Davis Cup final.

Pilic originally suggested the 34-year-old play off against Sasa Tuksar for the fourth place in the team to face Slovakia in December.

But he explained: "Perhaps it was a bit careless and taken out of context. Obviously the position is Ivanisevic's if he wants it."

Ivanisevic retired in 2003 but has been playing on the senior tour.

"He is the golden boy of Croatian sport and Croatian tennis and there is no ambiguity about his nomination," said Pilic.

Ivanisevic was on the sidelines as assistant coach as Croatia reached the final for the first time in their history with victory over Russia.

Even if he is included in Croatia's playing squad, Ivanisevic has a slim chance of actually playing.

Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic have played both singles and doubles for Croatia throughout this year, with Ivo Karlovic first reserve.

Meanwhile, hosts Slovakia remain hopeful that they can stage the final at their National Tennis Centre in Bratislava.

The venue seats just 4,000, the minimum allowed under Davis Cup regulations.

By contrast, Spain won last year's title in front of 27,000 spectators, the largest-ever crowd to attend an official tennis competition.

The International Tennis Federation will inspect the stadium but it remains possible the final could be moved to an ice hockey venue, with an 8,000 capacity.

"It's possible that we will have to play some place else," said Slovak number one Dominik Hrbaty.

"But we'd like to play in the NTC, we know it well there and we feel good there."





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