Sri Lanka to meet Indonesia in Davis Cup decider



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Sri Lanka begins training for Davis Cup: Here is Harshana Godamanna (2-L) getting ready for a training session as (L-R) Dominik Utzinger, Coach, Rohan de Silva, Non-playing Captain, and Udith Wickremasinghe, Manager look on at the SLTA, Colombo yesterday, March 30. (Pic by Kamal Wanniarachchi)


by Revata S. Silva


Sri Lanka men’s National team will take on the challenge of strong Indonesia in their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone Group-II Relegation Play-off, to be held on April 7 and 8 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association clay courts, Colombo.


The Davis Cup, which is considered the annual World Cup of international men’s tennis, is sponsored by BNP Paribas and is conducted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).


The losing side in this tie will be demoted to zonal Group-III in 2019. Sri Lanka lost the Group-II first-round tie against Thailand 3-2 this February.


Out of the eight nations taking part in Group-II this year, one from Sri Lanka vs. Indonesia tie and one from Iran vs. Chinese Taipei tie, to be held on the same days in Taipei, will be relegated while the winners will stay in Group-II for another year.


Meanwhile Thailand will take on the Philippines and Hong Kong (China) meeting Lebanon, aiming to get promotion to Group-I next year, also on April 7 and 8, in different venues. The winners of those ties will meet in next September finals where the winner will qualify for Asia-Oceania Zone Group-I in 2019.


The annual world champions of the Davis Cup will be picked from the top nations emerging from three global zones, Asia-Oceania, Europe-Africa and Americas.


TEAMS


Indonesia:


Christopher Rungkat, David Agung Susanto, Justin Barki, Anthony Susanto and M. Althaf Dhaifullah.


Non-playing Captain - Febi Widhiyanto


Sri Lanka:


Harshana Godamanna, Sharmal Dissanayake, Yasitha de Silva, Alex Fairbanks and Avindra Perera


Non-Playing Captain - Rohan de Silva.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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