Hong Kong face a daunting task when they kick off their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania group II campaign against the Philippines at Victoria Park today. The visitors will feature American-born Cecil Mamiit, who once reached the world's top 100 in the 1990s, and will be too hot for Hong Kong to handle despite the home advantage at the newly renovated Causeway Bay centre court. 'In my captaincy over the past 10 years, we have never played against a player who has been in the world's top 100,' non-playing captain Derek Ling Hay-ming said. 'The Philippines are really strong, their second singles are also very strong, but it also means the pressure will be on them. We have nothing to lose and hopefully that will help us put up a tough fight.' Hong Kong's Yu Hiu-tung, who faces Mamiit today, admitted his chance of beating his opponent would be slim. 'I last met him in an ATP Tour event in Vietnam five years ago and lost in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. It tells you how big the gap is between us,' said the 25-year-old Yu, who now plays tennis on a part-time basis after the sport was kicked out of the Sports Institute's elite programme in 2007. 'But Mamiit is now 32 and has passed his peak. I may have a closer match against him this time.' Now an associate degree student at the University of Hong Kong, Yu started his preparations for the Davis Cup in January, and he felt the three-month training, with emphasis on improving his fitness, revitalised him. The best-of-five tie starts today with two singles matches. Hong Kong's number one Martin Sayer takes on the visitors' number two Treat Huey, an American who is making his Davis Cup debut for the Philippines, followed by Yu's match. The doubles will be played tomorrow and the two reverse singles will be held on Sunday. The two sides have met five times in the Davis Cup, with Hong Kong losing all previous encounters.