27 Apr 2015

Sport: Pacific Oceania confident ahead of Davis Cup opener

1:21 pm on 27 April 2015

Pacific Oceania are taking a confident approach into their Davis Cup tie in Bahrain as they bid to escape the bottom rung of international tennis.

The men were relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV two years ago, and have been under pressure to perform, with funding tight and the women's Fed Cup team showing promise.

18 year old newcomer Heve Kelley from Tahiti has been entrusted with the role of singles number one, alongside the returning Cyril Jacobe from Vanuatu, and doubles pairing Brett Baudinet from the Cook Islands and Guam's Daniel Llarenas.

Team captain Gilles De Gouy, who retired from playing following last year's tie in Iran, says the dry heat in the Middle East will be a challenge for his players, who have had limited preparation, but he believes they have what it takes.

"We have good experienced players in doubles so my goal is to win at least one singles [rubber] and I'm quite confident about the doubles becausewe have, I think, one of the best players in the fourth world division, so my goal is to get one point on the two singles and get it to the doubles."

Nine teams are taking part in the tie, which begins on Monday, with the top two promoted to group three in 2016.