Davis Cup glory beckons as Tyson turns back clock

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 October, 1996, 12:00am

Player-coach Des Tyson has emerged as a possible candidate for a Hong Kong Davis Cup spot after he was named in the doubles team for this month's Marlboro Championships.

Tyson, a former coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute who quit to revive his playing career, and Christopher Lai will take part in the doubles, alongside seven other international pairs.

Australian-born Tyson, formerly coach of Hong Kong's Tang Min, is eligible to represent Hong Kong in the Davis Cup.

He proved himself one of the territory's top players by winning the national singles title nine months ago.

More recently, he won both singles and doubles titles at a satellite event in China.

The Hong Kong Tennis Association has confirmed that Tyson, who has been in Hong Kong for three years, is eligible to be picked for the territory's Davis Cup team.

Said Tyson: 'When you consider the big names attached to the tournament, I feel especially pleased to be part of the lineup.' Tyson and Lai will prepare for the championships, from October 15-20, by taking part in an international tournament in Vietnam this week.

The Hong Kong pair expect to meet highly rated Grant Connell of Canada and Byron Black of Zimbabwe in this year's tournament.

The organisers also announced yesterday that Australians Joshua Eagle and Andrew Florent will take part in the doubles competition.

This year's championships are expected to be among the best in the event's nine-year history.

World number one and US Open champion Pete Sampras will head the singles field, which will also include former number one Thomas Muster, the 1995 French Open champion. Also taking part will be this year's French Open winner, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.