HK star comes out of retirement for Davis Cup

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 February, 2012, 12:00am


Former No 1 Yu Hiu-tung has been persuaded to come out of retirement for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone group two first-round tie against Indonesia, but he will not be in the starting line-up for today's opening singles.

'He is still not ready to play a five-setter, and we have decided to give him a bit more time,' said Andy Brothers, Hong Kong's non-playing Davis Cup captain. 'Hopefully, at the end of tomorrow the score will be 1-1 and we can get him back, maybe for the doubles and then the reverse singles. If he was fit, we would certainly have started with him, but it is good to have him back in the team.'

At yesterday's draw, Brothers nominated Nicholas Sayer and Jonathan Chu to play the opening singles against Indonesian No 1 Christopher Rungkat and David Susanto respectively.

Left-hander Yu retired after last year's relegation play-off against Syria which Hong Kong won to retain their group two status. Last week he was in Shenzhen in his role as non-playing captain of Hong Kong's Federation Cup team. The women reached the final in the Asia/Oceania group two before losing to India.

Yu's return and the last-minute move to include Chu has resulted in Hong Kong dropping Brian Yeung Pak-long and Kelvin Lam Siu-fai from the initially four-strong squad.

The Indonesian camp was surprised Yu would not be on court today. 'He is Hong Kong's most experienced player and we are certainly surprised he is not starting,' said Bonit Wiryawan, Indonesian non-playing captain.

'I think we are the favourites. We haven't lost to Hong Kong ever in Davis Cup competition.'