New Zealand Davis Cup Team Named
Friday, June 17, 2011
The New Zealand Davis Cup tennis team for next month’s Asia Oceania Group I Davis Cup Tie by BNP Paribas, against the Philippines has been confirmed.
The July 8-10 first round playofftie will be held indoors at the TSB Hub in Hawera, the scene of the successful clash against Pakistan last year.
The New Zealand team is the same as side which played Uzbekistan earlier in the year. Michael Venus is the top ranked player at 291 in the world. A career high. Recently he reached the final of a Futures event in Uzbekistan and two Futures semi-finals.
Venus is joined by Artem Sitak, 25 who has a current ATP singles ranking of 385 and has been playing a number of Futures events in the United States and Mexico.
The long-serving Rubin (Jose) Statham, 24 first played for the New Zealand Davis Cup team in 2005 against Kazakhstan and has a 17 win, four loss record in Davis Cup singles for his country. He has mainly been involved in Challenger tournaments in Europe over the past few months.
Marcus Daniellhas also been named and along with Sitak is playing a series of Futures events in Mexico at present.
Sitak has the best of the doubles rankings for the Kiwi players currently at 288, just ahead of Rubin Statham at 303.
Philippines have former top 100 ranked player Cecil Mamitt who has no current ranking in singles and is Maria Sharpova’s hitting partnerat present. Mamiit was ranked as high as 72 in singles in 1999 and 102 in doubles five years ago but has no current ranking. Also expected to be named in their side will be Treat Huey who has a doubles ranking of 91 but is 810 in singles.
The two nations have played on four previous occasions in Davis Cup with the record standing at 3-1 to the Philippines. The Philippines won 3-1 in 1963 in Manila. New Zealand won 4-1 in 1989 in Manila. The Philippines won 4-1 in Auckland in 2007 and 4-1 in Manila in 2009.
NZ Davis Cup captain Marcel Vos is currently in Mexico where Artem Sitak and other Kiwi players are competing in Futures events.
"All four players are looking forward to a home tie against Philippines and eager to reverse the 2009 result. The team head back at the end of June to Auckland and then to Hawera where we enjoy playing and hold fond
memories from our Pakistan Tie last year. Looking forward to another supportive crowd", says Vos.
The New Zealand Davis Cup team to play the Philippines was selected by the Davis Cup selection panel of former Kiwi professionals and experienced coaches Alistair Hunt, Jeff Simpson, Kelly Evernden along with current captain Marcel Vos.
The team is likely to assemble in Auckland between 29thand 1stJulybefore heading to Hawera.
If New Zealand wins this Tie, this secures New Zealand in Group I for 2012. Tickets are now on sale www.tennisnz.comfor further information.
New Zealand Davis Cup Team for July 8-10 March 4-6 tie v Philippines, Hawera.
(Name, Age, Singles Rank Doubles Rank)
Michael Venus, 23, Singles Rank 291, Doubles Rank 451.
Artem Sitak, 25, 385, 281.
Rubin Statham, 24, 516, 303.
Marcus Daniell, 21, 886, 663.
Non-playing captain – Marcel Vos