28 Apr 2015

Sport: Pacific Oceania make winning start to Davis Cup

12:34 pm on 28 April 2015

Top seeds Pacific Oceania have made a winning start to their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group IV tie in Bahrain, coming from behind to beat the Iraq 2-1.

The team was still jet-lagged after 25 hours travelling and only arrived in the Kingdom one day before the start of competition.

Vanuatu's Cyril Jacobe lost the opening singles rubber 7-5 6-2 before 18 year old Heve Kelley from Tahiti won his debut match 6-2 6-2 to level the tie.

Brett Baudinet from the Cook Islands and Guam's Daniel Llarenas then won a close doubles rubber 6-3 3-6 6-4 to seal a 2-1 comeback win.

Team captain Gilles De Gouy promoted Kelley to the Dolphins squad and believes his compatriot has a big future in Davis Cup.

"This player should be our next generation for the next few years. He's a good singles players and he's going to an American university so I'm definitely confident that this player will definitely take the challenge now that our older players are getting retired".

In the other Pool A matchup, Jordan beat hosts Bahrain 2-1, while in Pool B the United Arab Emirates eased past Kyrgysztan 3-0 and Singapore defeated Bangladesh 3-0.

Pacific Oceania face hosts Bahrain in their next tie on Tuesday.