Turkey Names Strongest Team For SA Davis Cup Tie

Turkey has  announced its  best possible team to face seeded South Africa next weekend in the first round of the Europe/Africa Zone Group 2 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Tie.  The tie to be played from 6-8 March will be staged in Mersin, Turkey at the Mersin Tennis Complex on a hard indoor court.  Turkey’s non-playing captain Haluk Akkoyun nominated his four best players including the highest ranked Turkey players, on the ATP Tour, Marsel Ilaan (pictured) for their home tie.  Ilhan, 27 year old was the first Turkish player to break into the world’s top 100 (2010) and reached a career high of 87 in 2011.

The Turkish team announced is Marsel Ilhan, Cem Ilkel, Baris Erguden and Anil Yuksel.  South Africa will be without their top player Kevin Anderson who is unavailable for the tie.  South Africa and Turkey have never played each other before in a Davis Cup competition.

South Africa endured mixed fortunes in 2014, winning against Monaco in the first round and losing to Lithuania in the second to remain in Europe/Africa Zone Group 2.  Turkey defeated the FYR Macedonia 2-0 in the 1st-4th play-off to seal promotion to Europe/Africa Group 2 after victories over Estonia and San Marino in Group D in 2014.  The teams are as follows:


Marsel Ilhan (Singles 104 Doubles 1217)
Cem Ilkel (Singles 413 Doubles 503)
Baris Erguden (Singles 606 Doubles 657)
Anil Yuksel (Singles 810 Doubles 629)
Captain: Haluk Akkoyun

South Africa

Fritz Wolmarans (Singles 427 Doubles 1175)
Tucker Vorster (Singles 451 Doubles 424)
Ruan Roelofse (Singles 455 Doubles 249)
Raven Klaasen (Doubles 29)
Captain: Earl Grainger