Nam struggles against Tunisia in Davis Cup

28 Oct 2015 17:10pm


Namibian Davis Cup player Henco Serdyn says they battled a tough Tunisian team on Tuesday at the Davis Cup underway in Cairo, Egypt.

"We couldn't do much; they gave us no opportunity to get rhythm in the game. We did have a few opportunities but not enough to turn the game around. They made every return and they just kept that extra ball in play, crucial for doubles," Serdyn said.

Namibia thus lost its second game of the tournament 0-3 against Tunisia. In its opening game of the tournament on Monday, Namibia beat Ghana 2-1.

The Davis Cup is also known as 'The World Cup of Tennis', and is the premier international team event in men's tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and contested annually between various countries in a knock-out format.

Namibia is drawn in the African Group Pool A with Algeria, Tunisia and Ghana. On Tuesday, Namibia's Deon van Dyk lost his singles match against Tunisia's Aziz Dougaz 6-0, 6-1, while Tuki Jacobs also lost his singles match against Malek Jaziri 6-0 6-1, also from Tunisia.

A statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by Team Namibia officials attending the event quoted Jacobs as saying he played against a stronger opponent and he had no chance at all.

"I lost against a very good opponent, one of the best in the world. Before the match I told myself to enjoy and play my game, but against a player of his calibre, my game still requires improvement. At the end of the day I learned a lot and I will incorporate it on and off the court," he said.

In the teams double event, Van Dyk and Serdyn lost against Majed Kilani and Skander Mansouri of Tunisia 6-0, 6-2. Serdyn was quoted as saying the team tried its best against Tunisia, but Tunisia played exceptional tennis.

They are however hoping to do better in their next game of the tournament. Namibia was set to play Algeria on Wednesday in their third match of the competition.