A dominant South African Davis Cup team romped to a 5-0 win over Luxembourg at the Irene Country Club, Pretoria on Sunday. South Africa failed to lose a set in all five rubbers played in the three day tie and were in firm control throughout. On Sunday in the reverse singles, which were reduced to best of three tie break sets as the tie had already been decided, Tucker Vorster and Lloyd Harris gave South Africa the clean sweep.
Vorster beat Tom Diederich 6-3, 6-4 whilst Harris beat Alex Knaff 6-2, 6-1 in front of an impressive and enthusiastic crowd. Marcos Ondruska, the South African captain says he could not be happier with his first outing as captain: ‘I am extremely happy and proud of my team. It was a dream start to my Davis Cup captaincy and my players executed well and really lifted their games to a high level, kept composed and put on a good show. We failed to lose a set this weekend, didn’t take any set to a tiebreaker and that showed the form of the entire team was on point.’ Ondruska says that the solid win was a team effort: ‘The entire squad have got on extremely well and this played a huge part in the weekend success. The guys have had a fun time and made the most of every opportunity which helped a lot with the win.’
Ondruska also thanked fifth squad member Keith-Patrick Crowley and trainer Karen Van Der Merwe for their valuable contributions. On Saturday the South African doubles team of Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse sealed the tie with a straight set win over Ugo Nastasi and Mike Scheidweiler 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. Vorster and Harris both opened procedures on Friday with identical score (6-1, 6-4, 6-4) wins over their respective opponents Alex Knaff and Udo Nastasi in the singles rubbers.
South Africa will now play Lithuania, away in Lithuania in round 2 from 15-17 July 2016.
Photo credit: Reg Caldecott