King ready to sting

Barbados’ No.1 player Darian King will oppose Puerto Rico’s No.2 Christian Garay, in opening singles matches of their Americas Zone Group 2 Davis Cup fixture tomorrow at the National Tennis Centre, Wildey.

Labelled as a relegation tie, where both teams are seeking victory to avoid demotion to Group 3 in 2014, the first singles match will serve off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the second singles, where Seanon Williams (Barbados) will oppose Alex Llompart, Puerto Rican No.1.

The doubles encounter is scheduled for Saturday, when Darian King and Haydn Lewis (Barbados) will oppose Gilberto Alvarez and Alex Llompart (Puerto Rico).

The draw was formally conducted by referee Brad Taylor today and attended by the media.

Puerto Rican captain Jorge Gonzalez said his team was confident going into the important match and their ambition was to stay in Group 2.

“We believe we have the team to beat Barbados and stay in Group 2,” he said.

Barbados captain Kevin Yarde said his team was prepared for the tie and the players were seeking victory on their home courts.

Barbados were defeated 4-1 by El Salvador in February in their first Davis Cup tie for 2013, but are likely to have a boost in confidence following their 3-2 upset of Paraguay last year at home.

The Puerto Ricans were also defeated 4-1 by Mexico in February in Puerto Rico.††

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