8 Feb 2018

Sport: Guam already planning for next Davis Cup stint

12:39 pm on 8 February 2018

Guam is already looking ahead to next year after narrowly missing promotion in their Davis Cup tennis debut.

The US territory won three of their five pool matches before a 2-0 defeat by hosts Oman in their semi final playoff in Asia/Oceania Zone Group Four.

Team Guam during their Davis Cup debut in Oman.

Team Guam during their Davis Cup debut in Oman. Photo: Supplied/Guam National Tennis Federation

Guam National Tennis Federation President Torgun said they arrived in Muscat largely unknown but overachieved in a lot of people's opinion.

"We did have an expectation of doing pretty well, with Daniel Llarenas who's got some Davis Cup experience with the Pacific (Oceania) team and Christopher Cajigan who is playing well and Jean Pierre Huynh and Mason [Caldwell], our other two players," he said.

"We did surprise some people, I think. They didn't know who Guam was or where we came from or what to expect."

Daniel Llarenas has previous Davis Cup experience with Pacific Oceania.

Daniel Llarenas. Photo: Supplied

Torgun Smith said thoughts have already turned to how they can go one step better.

"I told the players actually when we arrived in one of our first meetings the selection process for [2019] starts now," he said

"We will be evaluating players all year long and this 2018 team we had a shorter selection process, just because we entered the Davis Cup and we got prepared for it and all of a sudden it was in January.

Guam tennis player Mason Caldwell.

Guam tennis player Mason Caldwell. Photo: Supplied

"So we only had three months or so to make our selection because picked the team 60 days prior to make sure everybody can make the trip.

"I believe all of these players will be available [again] - it's a very exciting opportunity for them and they're thrilled to be looking forward to try and get over that

little hump that we had this time.

"And then we have some other players playing in US college and be going to US college this year so I think the future looks bright for us in terms of the Davis Cup player pool and selection process."

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