Hold­ing court at Cott

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By DENISE S. CAHILL VISIT WWW.INMYCOMMUNITY.COM.AU FOR A GALLERY OF PHO­TOS

WATCH­ING Sam Groth play his first Davis Cup at the Cottes­loe Ten­nis Club last week­end was a tour­na­ment high­light for Town of Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins.

The club mem­ber said it was great to watch the ris­ing star, along with Nick Kyr­gios and Lley­ton Hewitt.

Aus­tralia won its way back into the world group of the Davis Cup af­ter just two days of matches.

Ranked sixth in Aus­tralia, Groth took 63 min­utes to over­come Uzbek­istan’s Te­mur Is­mailor 6-3 62 in a dead rub­ber on Sun­day.

Kyr­gios took the court twice, beat­ing world num­ber 55 De­nis Is­tomin 6-4 7-5 6-4 last Fri­day in the open­ing match.

The Can­berra teenager then played world num­ber 736 San­jar Fayziev in a dead rub­ber on Sun­day, win­ning 6-1 6-1 in 39 min­utes.

Hewitt got Aus­tralia to a 2-0 lead on day one by beat­ing Far­rukh Dus­tov 6-4 6-4 6-2 and com­bined with Chris Guc­cione in the dou­bles on Satur­day, de­feat­ing Is­tomin and Dus­tov 6-3 7-6(5) 6-2.

Mrs Dawkins said ev­ery­thing went to plan, in­clud­ing park­ing and trans­port, with the Town run­ning its free Cott Cat buses be­tween the train sta­tion and club over the three days.

Club pres­i­dent David Chad­wick said the courts held up well and “played bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery day”. More than 12,000 peo­ple at­tended games dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

Pic­tures: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d426185

Nick Kyr­gios (above) and Sam Groth (right) at the Davis Cup in Cottes­loe.

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