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Battle royal

Barbados to face Mexico

The Barbados tennis team will be expecting massive fan support when they take on number two seeds Mexico in Davis Cup action at the National Tennis Centre over three days starting this Friday. A place in the Americas Zone Group I next year is at stake for both teams.

(From left) Russell Moseley,  Seanon Williams, Kevin Yarde, Darian King and Haydn Lewis.(FP)

(From left) Russell Moseley, Seanon Williams, Kevin Yarde, Darian King and Haydn Lewis.(FP)

The Barbados team include Darian King, Haydn Lewis, Seanon Williams, Russell Maloney and non-playing captain Kevin Yarde. Mexico are expected to be represented by Tigre Hank, 22, Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela,  27, Lucas Gomez, 19, Santiago Gonzales, 31, and non-playing captain Leonardo Lavalle.

Tigre Hank

Tigre Hank

Lucas Gomez

Lucas Gomez

Santiago Gonzales

Santiago Gonzales

The Mexicans have played Barbados on one previous occasion in 2012. During that Americas Zone Group II second round clash they thrashed Barbados 5-0 without dropping a single set. Barbados, however, are expected to put up a much better showing this time around although they are under no illusions about the toughness of their opponents.

Previously Mexico defeated Peru in a tight clash in Puebla at home in the second round. Reyes-Varela was the hero then, as he won both of his singles encounters and contributed to the doubles victory partnering Gonzalez as Mexico won 3-2.

King was Barbados’ hero when they defeated El Salvador 4-1 in April. King won his three matches while Williams overcame Andres Bolanos for his maiden Davis Cup victory.

Prior to their win over El Salvador, Barbados also shocked Chile in February with an excellent 3-2 win.

The players’ draw will be made tomorrow at the Barbados Olympic Centre and singles action gets going in earnest on Friday at 10 a.m. On Saturday the action starts at noon with doubles play and on Sunday the reverse singles begin at 10 a.m.


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