Namibia’s Davis Cup players secure first wins

WINDHOEK: Namibia opened its 2015 Davis Cup participation in Egypt with wins through Tuki Jacobs and Deon van Dyk on Monday.

Jacobs and Van Dyk are part of three Namibian tennis players competing at the Davis Cup in Cairo, Egypt from 26 to 30 October this year.

Another player also representing Namibia is Henco Serdyn who lost the first game 6-2 6-1 against Pascal Ziyad Alome.

The Davis Cup is also known as ‘The World Cup of Tennis’, and is the premier international team event in men’s tennis.

It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), and contested annually between various countries in a knock-out format.

Namibia is drawn in the African Group Pool A along with Algeria, Tunisia and Ghana.

Tuki managed to secure his singles match 6-4 7-5 in a tight game against George Darko, and Van Dyk also won his single game after playing a 2h30 minutes match.

In the teams event Tuki and Van Dyk beat George Darko and Wisdom Na-Adjrago in their team event. The victory puts Namibia into second place in Pool A, behind Tunisia.

A statement availed to Nampa on Monday by Team Namibia officials attending the event said it was a fantastic start for Namibia, and the vibe in the camp is very energetic.

“I would like to congratulate the team. We had a good win today. I’m very proud of the team they really showed character,” statement quotes team captain Johan Theron saying.

The statement also quotes Jacobs saying it was a tough day for the team but they managed to push through and prevailed.

“It is always good to get a win on day one of the tournament. We are all excited and ready for the upcoming few matches,” said Jacobs.

On Tuesday Namibia played Tunisia and they lost their matches. Van Dyk lost

1-6 0-6 to Aziz Dougaz while Jacobs lost 0-6 1-6 to Malek Jaziri.

Other African teams at the tournament are Benin, Libya, Egypt, Mozambique and Nigeria.