19 Jul 2017

Sport: Pacific Oceania make winning start to Davis Cup

5:14 am on 19 July 2017

Pacific Oceania have made a winning start to their Davis Cup tennis campaign, beating Syria 2-1 in their opening tie in Sri Lanka.

Tahiti's Heve Kelley defeated Yacoub Makzoume 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the opening singles rubber in Colombo before Colin Sinclair from the Northern Marianas sealed the result, beating Kareem Al Allaf 6-4 6-0 in his debut match.

Tahiti's Heve Kelley representing Pacific Oceania in the Davis Cup in Bahrain.

Tahiti's Heve Kelley Photo: Supplied

The doubles pairing of Brett Baudinet and Aymeric Mara were unable to complete the clean sweep, losing in three sets.

Hosts Sri Lanka also made a winning start in Pool A, beating Jordan 2-1, while Lebanon and Qatar had 2-1 victories over Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Pacific Oceania are one of nine teams in Asia/Oceania Zone Group Three, competing for two promotion spots.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Oceania women begin their Fed Cup campaign tomorrow against Iran in Tajikistan, as they bid to earn promotion from Group Two.