Singles 1 position is overated.
One of the twists they added to the nationals it that all positions have to be played - makes the loss/win thing less predicatable - otherwise it was like zomg! they will always lose 1 doubles position.
The problem with singles 1 is that you if you lose both doubles then you should have a strong singles 3 player who can easily carry the win or if both doubles win then your singles 3 player can decisively end the match.
not all positions have to be played, it's just the first match i think.. then as long as u can have 3 players win, then it's over.. (fudomine's match against shitenhouji)
are u talking about the orders in nationals or before nationals..
cus if you're talking bout nationals.. which
then it means if u predict u're gonna lose first 2 matches, then u must have a strong singles 2 player
it rllly doesnt matter
u just gotta have atleast 3 good spots
Whether its all 3 single matches or 2 singles aned a double or wuteva
as longas u win with those 3 teams ull win
Assuming your using the Davis Cup match rules which was depicted during the PoT nationals...
Singles 1 is overrated? Yes.
From a coaching perspective you can mix the order up to your advantage.
Say a match against two teams is rather even in all levels of play. As in team A Singles 1 is evenly matched with team B Singles 1, and so on. Also assume that singles 2 is significantly weaker than singles 1, and singles 3 weaker than singles 2. Then you can throw away both #1 singles and create a match advantage by doing the following:
Opponent S1 Vs Your S3 = Loss
Opponent S2 Vs Your S1 = Win
Opponent S3 Vs Your S2 = Win
Assuming doubles is also a stalemate by forfeiting doubles 1 you can secure the match outcome.
Opponent D1 Vs Your D2 = Loss
Opponent D2 Vs Your D1 = Win
You win 3 to 2.
Of course if singles 3 and singles 1 are have equal amount of talent and skill then this doesn't work, but it's a situation that shows how the singles 1 position can be useless. No matter how storng singles 1 is.
Total team depth is far more important than the strength of the singles 1 player in team matches.
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