Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is team competition in tennis which origins can be found in Year 1900. In different levels at competitions participate teams from 122 countries, but team Latvia is playing at Europe Africa zone 1st group. First duel was played in February in Slovakia, where our tennis players lost to team Slovakia.Next games were at our home. For the venue this year has been chosen Valmiera – Valmiera Olympic center. As in previous home games we were playing on special laid hard court. Or opponents – strong team Austria, who we haven’t played against till now. At this moment team Austria ranks in Davis Cup 21st, but team Latvia ranks – 39th.
In draw on Thursday was decided the game schedule. Unfortunately team Latvia leader Ernests Gulbis haven’t healed his foot injury he got in “US Open”, so we couldn’t see him on the first day single games.
The games started with Andis Juška and Martin Fischer duel, where Austrian was better with a score 6:3, 6:3, 6:2. As well in second game team Latvia couldn’t win a set 3:6, 1:6, 4:6, still Jānis Podžus could surprise with his game against former TOP 10 player Jurgen Melzer. On Saturday in court stepped Ernests Gulbis and Miķelis Lībietis who in three sets 7:5, 7:6(3), 6:4 could win over strong team Austria pair – Philip Oswald and Alexander Peya.
In the last, decisive game day Gulbis was not ready to play singles, so Miķelis Lībietis had to step in court instead, to play against Jurgen Melzer who won this match with 2:6, 2:6, 4:6. Even thou team Austria had already won the whole duel, fifth match still was played. Jānis Podžus lost to Martin Fischer with 6:7(6), 3:6. So in the duel team Latvia lost with 1-4, it means, that team Latvia will have one more duel – in end of October against team Sweden – for staying in 1st group.
Thanks to supporters – Itera, Skonto būve, Valmiera city, Valmieras stiklašķiedra, shopping center Valleta, Mercedes-Benz, Cēsu alus and Venden – for well organized competition in Valmiera!