Bajans confident ahead of Davis Cup
Captain Kevin Yarde is a confident man leading up to Barbados’ hosting of Ecuador for their Davis Cup tie from September 18 to 20.
Speaking to the media during this morning’s press conference at the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), Yarde said it was very important for the team that consists of Darian King, Hayden Lewis, Seanon Williams and Russell Moseley to win this upcoming tie and so far preparation had been going well.
“Everything is going good in terms of preparation for this upcoming tie and it is very important for us to win and stay in group one. Shannon leaves on Wednesday for Calgary to compete at Futures in order to get match ready and Hayden may leave the following week for Toronto. And as stated before Darien [King] is in the United States working on his fitness and getting ready for the US open starting Tuesday and then on to Davis Cup. We are pretty confident in winning this tie and I must say Russell has been training pretty hard with us as well,” said Yarde, who added feeling no pressure facing the Ecuadorians.
The players are just as confident about the upcoming tie as their captain and one such individual is Lewis who said that since his return from the Pan American games he has been taking things easy due to an aggravated back injury but assured he would be ready to compete in a month’s time.
“After Pan Am Games I am just taking some rest because we have about a month to get ready for it [Davis Cup] and I have been considering going to Toronto for one tournament to join Shannon up there. My back as everyone knows has been giving me some trouble for a while now but it is sort of getting better but I still have to monitor it,” Lewis said.
He added: “I think I can give a hundred percent but that’s the thing. I don’t want to push myself hard now that it is feeling better and then something happens.”
Williams on the other hand said he has a few game plans he’s been working on since practice started. “My forearm is the biggest aspect of my game that I have been working on and I am going to put a lot of emphasis on that,” he said.
Coordinator for Barbados Davis Cup, Patricia Murray, assured that seating would not be a problem and they had put necessary arrangements in place that would cater to 500 people.
Meanwhile first vice-president of the BLTA, Sandra Osborne, emphasized that Barbados had three representatives at the Pan American Games this year in which Barbados placed fourth and that she regarded that as a huge success.
Osborne also pointed out that the juniors had been doing well and seven of them had gained scholarships this year.
“We have to put things into perspective and recognize that our players continue to do fairly well in the junior circuit and just this summer we would have had Keanna Marshall who has done quite well playing in the junior circuit in St Lucia and St Vincent. She is about to go off to the Commonwealth Youth Games to represent Barbados,” Osborne said.
On September 17 the draw for the Davis Cup will take place about 10 a.m. at the Wildey Gymnasium.