Team looks to King in game plan

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By RIA GOOD­MAN

BAR­BA­DOS will be look­ing to three Ds to take them through their Davis Cup tie against Venezuela this week­end.

That was the word from team cap­tain Damien Ap­ple­whaite af­ter the draw was made yes­ter­day at the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

Matthew Fos­ter-es­t­wick will hit the courts at the Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre first for Bar­ba­dos at 10 a.m. to­day, when he faces Venezuela’s top player Ri­cardo Ro­driguez be­fore Bar­ba­dos’ best Dar­ian King meets Jordi Munoz.

“Our strat­egy is in three Ds – Dar­ian, Dou­bles and Dar­ian. We are heav­ily de­pend­ing on Dar­ian to come out with those two wins.

He is go­ing to play his usual spot and we put Matthew in be­cause it’s more about man­ag­ing our hu­man re­sources and also what we have seen in prac­tice dur­ing the week,” Ap­ple­whaite told WEEKENDSPORT.

“Matthew is hit­ting quite a big ball, so we found that he should get the sin­gles pick on the first day,” he said.

Af­ter to­day’s sin­gles matches, King will be joined by Haydn Lewis for to­mor­row’s dou­bles clash at noon with the re­serves sin­gles set for Sun­day when King will be first on court against Ro­driguez.

“We will rest Haydn and bring him strong in dou­bles, which again is play­ing to our strengths,” said Ap­ple­whaite.

The cap­tain said team­mate Adam Hornby still needed to be ready in case there was an in­jury.

“De­pend­ing on how the re­sults go on the first two days, there will still be a pos­si­bil­ity of [him] play­ing on the last day. Ev­ery­one still has to be ready to play.”

He said the weather im­proved some­what on Wed­nes­day and they were able to stage a solid prac­tice ses­sion for about two and a half hours and were hop­ing to get in more prac­tice yes­ter­day.

The win­ners of this week­end’s tie will earn pro­mo­tion to Group 1 of the Amer­i­cas Zone.

STRAT­EGY: Bar­ba­dos’ No. 1 player Dar­ian King (left) and cap­tain Damien Ap­ple­whaite in dis­cus­sion dur­ing a prac­tice ses­sion at the Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre yes­ter­day. (Pic­tures by Ken­more By­noe.)

UP FIRST: Bar­ba­dos’ Matthew Fos­ter-es­t­wick and Venezuela’s Ri­cardo Ro­driguez will meet in the first sin­gles tie.

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