This weekend (September 12th to 14th) at Vidzeme Olympic center in Valmiera will take place Davis Cup by BNP Paribas duel in tennis, where team Latvia will meet team Austria. on Thursday was official draw for games.
This weekend in the world will take place Davis Cup by BNP Paribas games. Team Latvia this year participates at 1st group of Europe Africa zone. First duel was held in February at Slovakia, where team Latvia lost to team Slovakia. Next opponents for team Latvia will be strong team Austria (ranked 21st, while team Latvia is ranked 39th). Till now both teams haven’t met.
Thursday at 14:00 was official draw for the game sequence. Before the draw team captains had to nominate players for the games. Team Austria captain Clemens Trimmel didn’t surprise – 1st number for team Austria will be former TOP 10 player Jurgen Melzer, but second single player will be Martin Fischer. For doubles team Austria nominated Philipp Oswald and Alexander Peya.
Meanwhile team Latvia captain Kārlis Lejnieks had to admit, that team Latvia leading player Ernests Gulbis is not ready to play singles on Friday. Ernests haven’t healed the leg injury he got in US Open. However, Ernests has told, that he will be ready to get in the court on Saturday for doubles. Because of that team Latvia 1st number in singles will be Andis Juška, but as 2nd – Jānis Podžus. For doubles will play Ernests Gulbis with Miķelis Lībietis.
The draw decided, that 1st game on Friday will be played between Andis Juška and Martin Fischer. Beginning of this game will be at 15:00. Followed by Jānis Podžus and Jurgen Melzer. Saturday at 15:00 will be the double game, but Sunday from 14:00 will be played remaining single games – Juška against Melzer, but Podžus against Fischer. However team captains can make changes for games on Saturday and Sunday.
Davis Cup games between team Latvia and team Austria is supported by Itera, Skonto būve, Valmieras city, Valmieras stiklašķiedra, shopping center Valleta, Mercedes-Benz, Cēsu alus and Venden.