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Best of Three: Serbia shows merits of Davis Cup outweigh flaws

2. Second guesses: More than most events, the overlay of individual/team/nation leaves Davis Cup results ripe for "postmortem" discussions and second guessing. If Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is healthier, does a different country win the chalice? Should Gilles Simon have gotten the call for France? For that matter, why, with flashy Richard Gasquet available, would French captain Guy Forget have gone with a Michael Llodra, who's north of 30 and played five sets of doubles the previous day? Was Forget outflanked, calling Llodra's number with expectation that Tipsarevic was going to be the opponent? When a captain calls line judges "unpatriotic" for making adverse calls -- as Serbia's Bogdan Obradovic did after the Saturday -- does it undercut the dignity of the event? Were the more vocal and partisan Serbian fans -- "Idiots," says Forget -- out of line, or should there be some measure of cultural relativism? No right answers, but the intrigue and subplots certainly add to the tennis.

3. Climb Ev'ry Mountain: While Tennis Nation now either poolside, beachside, or making some bonus money playing exhibitions, Martina Navratilova has found a unique way to spend some downtime. Later this week she plans to hit tennis balls off the top of Africa's highest peak, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro next week to raise money and awareness for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The goal is 100,000 euros. For more information go to theLaureus Sport for Good Foundation.