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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
IN THE Davis Cup tie between the Philippines and New Zealand next week, the home team will be sending the same lineup that beat Thailand last April.
The Cebuana Lhuillier-PHL will be banking on Johnny Arcilla, Ruben Gonzales, Treat Huey and Francis Casey Alcantara to take on New Zealand for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group II third round tie on Sept. 13 at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.
Calling the shots for the team will still be coach Roland Kraut.
According to Davis Cup Philippines official Randy Villanueva, the impressive performance of the team against Thailand last April led the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) to decide to keep the same line-up that will face New Zealand.
This is a crucial tie for the Philippines as the winner in this round will be promoted to Group I next year.
Both teams have faced off five times already with the Philippines getting a 3-2 upper hand in their head-to-head record but New Zealand won in their last meeting.
After their April stint, the players have kept themselves busy with various tournaments. Arcilla recently won the men’s singles title of the fourth Olivarez Cup Open tennis tournament, while Huey is currently trying his luck in the US Open, where he made it to the quarterfinal round of the doubles competition.
“Huey might arrive on Sunday or Monday because he is still playing in the US Open doubles,” said Villanueva.
Huey and British doubles partner Dominic Inglot made it to the quarterfinal round.
The duo, seeded 16th in the tournament, is set to take on Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Villanueva believes that whatever the outcome, Huey’s fresh experience in the US Open will work to the advantage of the Philippine team.
“We expect the team will perform better than last April, especially with the spectacular performance of Treat Huey in this ongoing US Open,” Villanueva said.
“Gonzales was picked again to complete the official PHL line-up because he is a reliable singles player. His performance last April against Thailand was also very impressive,” said Villanueva.
Last April, Gonzales pulled off the biggest win of his career after hacking out an upset over Thailand’s top player Danai Udomchoke.
Villanueva also added that the team from New Zealand will arrive on Friday, while the PHL team will start arriving on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the planned men and women’s open as a sidelight for the Davis Cup will be scrapped but organizers will push through with the recognition of three Filipino Davis Cuppers, who will be given the ITF Commitment Award.
The awardees are Arcilla and two former Davis Cuppers, Raymundo Deyro and Johnny Jose.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 04, 2013.