Thursday, April 18, 2024

Davis Cup team in a hole

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The Barbados Davis Cup team is down and almost out. The host country lost both opening singles matches to Ecuador in a dreadful start to its Americas Zone Group 1 second round play-off at the National Tennis Centre in Wildey, on Friday.

Fast rising 21-year-old Matthew Foster-Estwick was swept off court in an hour by Roberto Quiroz 6-0, 6-1 while number one player Darian King went down in three sets to a rampant Emilio Gomez, the son of 1990 French Open champion and former world number four Andres Gomez.

It was a rare defeat at home for the 26-year-old King with Gomez winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in a gripping see-saw encounter before a crowd that included this country’s first black champion and 1960s number one player Tyrone Mapp.

King converted just three of nine break points on a day that the rejuvenated Gomez more than matched him stroke for stroke. (MK)

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