Home advantage for HK in Syria Davis Cup clash
Hong Kong heaved a sigh of relief after the toss of a coin decided next month's Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two tie against Syria will not be held in troubled Damascus.
Hong Kong called right and the relegation battle will be played at Victoria Park, a bonus for the home team who will be hoping to avoid demotion to Group Three next year.
'It will be good playing at home, although even if we had lost the coin toss, the chances of the ITF [International Tennis Federation] playing the tie in Syria would have been very slim,' Hong Kong Davis Cup captain Andy Brothers said.
Hong Kong start as favourites for the July 8-10 tie, even without Martin Sayer, who has work commitments.
Left-handed Yu Hiu-tung will set a new record when he steps on court. It will be the 22nd time he has represented Hong Kong at the Davis Cup.
'This could be the last time Tung will represent Hong Kong and he will want it to be a memorable occasion,' Brothers said. 'He has been around for more than 10 years and I don't think anyone will break his mark.'
Coenie van Wyk, Jonathan Chu, who played in the doubles tie against Pakistan, Ethan Farbman, Dino Dell'Orto and Justin To are also in the running to make the final squad.
'Syria are a bit of an unknown quantity. I believe they have got at least three players who figure in the US Collegiate and they won't be pushovers,' Brothers said.