The tactics and games have begun, even if the tennis matches haven’t.
In a surprising move, Barbados has decided to send Seanon Williams to face the Dominican Republic’s top ranked player, Victor Estrella in tomorrow’s opening reverse singles match in their Davis Cup Group 1 clash at the National Tennis Centre.
The decision to choose the 24 year-old Williams as the number two seed against the 56th ranked Estrella, instead of the usual Haydn Lewis, is seen as a tactical move to keep Lewis fresh for Saturday’s doubles match.
The Domincan Republic also made some strategic changes of their own, opting to name Manuel Castellanos and Jose Olivares as their doubles team to face Darian King and Lewis on Saturday, instead of Estrella and number two seed Jose Hernandez.
That though could possibly be changed by match time, as teams have up to an hour before the scheduled start to
The island’s top ranked player, Darian King will take on Hernandez in the day’s second match.
Shortly after the draws were made yesterday morning at Barbados Olympic Association (BOA), Barbados’ non-playing captain, Kevin Yarde told the media he was comfortable with the decision.
“Of course. It was a decision that I muzzled over for a couple days…and I decided was the best move in looking for the win this weekend.
“That’s just our strategy,” Yarde added when asked for the reason behind the switch.
Williams, who just recently returned home from Panama, where he competed in several tournaments, said he was up for the challenge.
“I’m always ready. Been training for it for a while now.
“It [Panama] went well. I didn’t do as well as I would have hoped, but I made some improvements that I like.
“My mind is ready and my body is ready. Just have to hope everything comes together tomorrow morning,” he promptly stated.
Yarde didn’t rule out the possibility of Lewis returning to play in Sunday’s reversed singles match against Hernandez though.
“Yeah, there’s always possibility for change. It all depends on how things go on the weekend,” he simply said.
Despite not being in action tomorrow, Lewis said he wasn’t concerned about any rust heading into Saturday’s doubles matchup.
“No, nothing to worry about really. Doubles is really our strength so we just have to go out there and give our best. I’m ready, been ready for a while, so we just have to go out there and put it together.”