Ireland beat my beloved Turkey in the doubles today to win this Davis Cup tie even before the last round of singles.
The big bonus is the probable game against Britain in July now. Just need the Brits to win one of their singles games against Lithuania tomorrow. No harm at all for tennis in Ireland to have a bit of rivalry with them, and if Murray’s involved then there’ll be huge interest obviously from the likes of Bandage.
Excellent performances from Niland, King and McGee over the two days.
King and McGee were always comfortable in the doubles today. Sorensen was out with injury and then Niland pulled out this morning so this was no banker win. McGee was class in fairness to him and King did very well for a lad making his DC debut.
Turkish lads were disappointing enough. Ilhan was a quality player but the other lad just wasn’t up to this level at all and I think he only held his serve once. Great atmosphere in the Fitzwilliam today, the old place was bouncing. Hope those who went today are rewarded with tickets for the big one in July.
Unfortunately, the Brits fucked up losing to Lithuania today. Murray has given up Davis Cup, so they had a fairly shit team. Some guy called Dan Evans lost the decisive fifth rubber in five sets. They will now play Turkey in a play-off to decide who gets relegated to the lowest tier of Davis Cup.
On a wider note, the Davis Cup should probably be put out of its misery at this stage. More and more top players are pulling out of it and the format whereby it goes on all year does nothing really to generate interest in it. Maybe they could revamp it in some way, try to condense it or only play it every second year or something.