Team looks to King in game plan
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.