11 Apr 2013

Sport: Pacific Oceania confident Davis Cup tie in Myanmar will go ahead

11:17 am on 11 April 2013

The Pacific Oceania tennis captain Cyrille Mainguy is confident their Davis Cup tie in Myanmar later this month will go ahead despite the abandonment of a group two contest between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Pakistan won the opening rubber before the match referee stopped the tie and awarded it to New Zealand because the the grass surface was unplayable.

Cyrille Mainguy says he's been following the story with interest but, after Oceania Tennis officials got in touch with Myanmar Tennis, is confident they won't encounter the same problems.

"Being hardcourts, I don't see how the courts can be unplayable - that's how they were for the grass courts. There may be a couple of cracks here and there but the condition of our courts in the Islands are probably about the same, so I feel confident with our team going there and we just want to go out there and play, and meet the other countries, and try our best to actually move back up to group two."

Pacific Oceania will be contesting an Asia-Oceania group three tie, featuring eight teams, with the top two to earn promotion to group two and the bottom two to be relegated to group four.