Barbados and Puerto Rico were locked 1-1 after the opening singles in their Americas Zone Group 2 Davis Cup tie, which served off at the National Tennis Centre today.
Barbados’ No.1 Darian King gave the home team a confident start, defeating Puerto Rican No.2, Christian Garay, in the first match, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, before Allex Llompart brought Puerto Rico even with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win over Seanon Williams (Barbados No.2).
King appeared in good form on the hard courts as he dominated Garay throughout the match, pressuring him with deep topspin forehands and moving him around while creating space to hit line balls.
Llompart was also strong in his display and outlasted Williams in testing rallies in windy conditions. The Puerto Rican was too consistent as Williams often sneaked in to net but was erratic on the volleys.
It means that tomorrow’s doubles encounter, which starts at 12 noon, is of major importance to both teams who are seeking to carry an advantage into the reverse singles on Sunday.
For the doubles, Darain King and Haydn Lewis (Barbados) will oppose Gilberto Alvarez and Alex Llompart (Puerto Rico).
The tie between Barbados and Puerto Rico is regarded as a relegation tie as both teams are seeking victory to avoid demotion to Group 3 in 2014.††