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Game on

Barbados start quest to overcome tough Mexicans

Barbados and Mexico are ready to do battle tomorrow in their Davis Cup Group ll final after the draws took place this morning at the Barbados Olympic Association, Wildey, St Michael.

The draw took place under the supervision of Davis Cup referee Marco Sergent who announced that two matches would be played on the opening day of the three-day contest that runs through to Sunday.

Barbados’ number two player Haydn Lewis will start the ball rolling when he plays against Mexico’s number two Tigre Hank in a match which starts at 10 a.m. In the second game Barbados’ number one player Darian King will challenge Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela. If both Lewis and King are victorious against the two experienced Mexicans Barbados will then advance into day two of the tie with a two-point lead.

Tigre Hank and Haydn Lewis (right).

Tigre Hank and Haydn Lewis (right).

On Saturday King and Lewis will play Reyes-Varela and Santiago Gonzalez in the doubles while on Sunday the focus will return to singles where King will play Hank and Lewis will take on Reyes-Varela in the fourth and final single.

The players gave the media an insight into their feelings going into tomorrow’s match-up and both captains expressed confidence that they could book their place in the Americas Zone Group l up for grabs in 2015.

Non-playing captain for Barbados Kevin Yarde said the Barbadian players have been waiting two months for the tie and they would give one hundred and ten per cent.

“From the time we saw the draw we pretty much knew who we were going to play against. We have been looking forward to this tie for pretty much two months now, so we will go out there and give one hundred and ten percent and hopefully we will get off to a good start tomorrow,” Yarde said.

Mexico’s non-playing captain, Leonardo Lavalle, told the media his players were well-prepared, and have been looking forward to the final and what should be a good fight.

“I have lots of confidence in my players and we picked the two best singles players and I think we have a very good team, everybody is set and ready and it is going to be a good fight.”

Lewis said whether he played first or last one thing was certain and that was he would be ready for the expected tough game against his opponents. He described them as excellent players and said his main objective was to come out on top. King, who was Barbados’ hero in April this year when the home side defeated El Salvador 4-1, said he had the opportunity to train a bit in Mexico and he was familiar with his opponents and would be ready for what he called a great battle.

President of the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), Dr Raymond Ford, said Barbados had hosted three Davis Cup tournaments this year and they were very set for tomorrow’s event.

“This is our third tie here in Barbados for the year and we have been extremely fortunate to have home court advantage this year and we are all set. The venue is ready and all of the volunteers are in place and we are looking forward to success over the next couple of days,” the president said.

Over the past couple of days leading up to the final Yarde has been encouraging Barbadian spectators to support the home team and today he repeated that call for Barbadians to bring their energy to the Tennis Centre. Additional seating has been provided for spectators as the BLTA anticipates Barbadians to answer the national call.


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