Tennis duo still lauded

Barbados’ lawn tennis duo of Darian King and Haydn Lewis have been lauded for their recent performances at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), despite returning without a medal.

King and Lewis –– the island’s Davis Cup pair –– did well to reach the team semi-final, but lost their bronze medal game in three sets to Venezuela.

Haydn Lewis (left) and Darian King gave a good account of themselves at the just concluded CAC Games.
Haydn Lewis (left) and Darian King gave a good account of themselves at the just concluded CAC Games.

They also reached the semi-finals in the doubles, before falling to Mexico 2-0.

However, non-playing captain, Kevin Yarde told Barbados TODAY he thought the team did well under tough conditions and what he termed a packed schedule.

“I thought the guys did well under tough conditions. I mean we had to work under a packed schedule, especially for a team that does not have much depth, because there are the individual matches that had to be played and then the doubles matches,” he explained.

In the singles competition, King, who is the island’s number one ranked player, and Lewis, the second seed, lost their singles matches to the Dominican Republic’s pair of Victor Estrella, who is ranked 78 in the world and Jose Hernandez respectively.

Despite being beaten by the Dominicans at CAC, Yarde said the team will not be in any way fazed by Estrella and Hernandez when they come up against them in the Davis Cup Group 1 tournament in March 2015.

“We know where they are coming from and we know what to expect coming from both of them.

”We pretty much knew what to expect coming from Victor as we see him play professionally at Grand Slam tournaments, and Darian has seen Hernandez play a couple of times so we still like  our chances. It is not going to be easy but we still like our chances,” he said.

The captain explained now that the team was back home, they would be looking to get as much rest as possible and refocus their attention on training in January for their Davis Cup encounters.

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