By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tennis in Brazil suffered a setback this past weekend as the national side was swept aside 4-1 by Germany in the Davis Cup, generally considered tennis' answer to the FIFA football (soccer) World Cup. The thrashing means the Brazilians have not qualified for the World Group Stage, the first round of the tournament proper, to be held next year.

Brazil's biggest hope, Tomaz Bellucci, lost twice, to Florian Mayer and Daniel Brands, as . . .

To read the full NEWS and much more, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here