Wayne Wong will spearhead Hong Kong's bid to get back into Group II in Davis Cup competition when the SAR hosts the Group III play-offs from July 13-17 at Victoria Park. Wong, who completed his degree in the United States last summer, is back training with an extended SAR squad for the crucial Davis Cup event as well as the qualifying tournament for October's National Games, which will be held next month in Nanjing. 'It is good to have Wayne back as well as a number of other players. We are at full strength. July is a good time as far as player availability is concerned but it won't be so good regarding the weather because it will be quite hot in Hong Kong,' said Derek Ling, Hong Kong's non-playing captain. The hot conditions will suit most of the other seven countries who will be vying for promotion to Group II next year - Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. 'We won't have much of an advantage as far as the weather is concerned. But we will be starting late, at 4pm, every day, so hopefully the heat won't affect our players,' said Ling, remembering the occasion, about two years ago, when a couple of his squad had to be treated for heat exhaustion during a Davis Cup tie at this time of year. Apart from Wong, the other players in the training squad are Brian Hung, Jack Hui, Martin Sayer, Michael Lai, Yu Hiu-tung and a crop of coaches, amongst them Andrew Town and John Sankey. The eight teams will be split into two groups of four, and play a preliminary round-robin competition. The top two teams will enter the semi-finals with the finalists being assured of promotion to Group II next year. Each tie will be played on a two singles and one doubles format. There won't be any reverse singles, and therefore the doubles will take on added significance. Hong Kong and Malaysia, who both slipped down from Group II last year, will be seeded and will have either Vietnam or Tajikistan (the other seeded countries) in their group. The other four teams will be drawn into the pools. 'It is our intention to get back into Group II. The last time we were in Group III was in 1999 and we bounced back immediately. We want to do the same thing again,' said Ling. The SAR lost to Kuwait and the Philippines last year to be relegated to Group III this season. Meanwhile, the SAR squad to play in qualifying for the National Games will comprise Wong, Hung, Hui and Yu. Due to eligibility issues, Sayer, the winner of the Hong Kong Open last month, will not play.