Davis Cup captains will be allowed to use substitutes on the final day of three-day matches for any reason, the International Tennis Federation agreed yesterday. Previously a captain could make a substitution only if a player was injured, or if the rubber would not affect the outcome of the match. Alun James, an ITF spokesman, said: "We have discussed this with World Group captains and everybody is in agreement it is a good idea. It will bring flexibility to the captains... introduce more strategy and adds another element of intrigue. Captains must give an hour's notice of a substitution.
SWEDISH MEN'S OPEN (Stockholm) Singles, second round: G Blanco (Sp) bt J Tarango (US) 6-2 7-5; A Vinciguerra (Swe) bt M Hipfl (Aut) 7-6 6-1; G Puentes (Sp) bt J Alonso (Sp) 3-6 6-4 6-4.
SWISS OPEN (Gstaad): Men's singles, quarter-finals: A Costa (Sp) bt V Spadea (US) 6-3 6-2; Y El Aynaoui (Mor) bt F Clavet (Sp) 7-6 7-5; F Mantilla (Sp) bt A Di Pasquale (Fr) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
GIROBANK TOUR (Felixstowe) Men's singles, first round: B Fulcher (Norfolk) bt A Wharf (Gloucestershire) 3-6 6-1 6-4; D Kiernan (Durham & Cleveland) bt M Powell (Nottinghamshire) 3-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7); P Hand (Berks) bt J Austin (Dorset) 6-4 6-2. Quarter-finals: Spinks bt Harston 6-1 7-5; Fulcher bt S Amey (Derbyshire) 6-4 6-2; Smith bt Perkins 6-4 6-2; Hand bt Kiernan 2-1 ret. Semi-finals: T Spinks (Norfolk) bt B Fulcher (Norfolk) 6-3 6- 4; P Hand (Berks) bt J Smith (Northants) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4. Women's singles, first round: C Coombs (Kent) bt R Barnes (Cambridgeshire) 7-6 6-2; E Biro (US) bt B Calderwood (Aus) 6-2 6-4; N Rencken (SA) bt F Barrett (Wiltshire) 6-0 6-1. Quarter-finals: C Coombs (Kent) bt D Bell (Surrey) 7-5 6-2; D Biro (US) bt S Borwell (Durham and Cleveland) 6-2 3-6 6-2; N Rencken (SA) bt C Carter (Notts) 7-6 7-5. Semi-final: A Mojzis (SA) bt C Coombs (Kent) 6-3 6-2.
LTA FUTURES (Felixstowe): Women's singles, semi-finals: K Nugent (Irl) bt K Warne-Holland (Dorset) 6-3 6-1; L Baker (NZ) bt J Lutrova (Rus) 6- 7 6-4 6-2.Reuse content