The three-day Davis Cup Group One tie between hosts Barbados and Ecuador scheduled to commence this Friday will be a fight to the very end.
That was the level of confidence exhibited during this morning’s media conference held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex where both teams spoke about their intentions going into the tie that will take place at the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association’s Wildey, St Michael court.
Barbados’ team captain Kevin Yarde, number one player Darian King along with number two Haydn Lewis, Russell Moseley and Seanon Williams were present during this morning’s conference at which Yarde explained that the home side had two things going in their favour. He said the first was that Barbados had a strong team and the other was home court advantage. He said these factors should boost Barbados’ chances of defeating Ecuador who are on the hunt to retain their Americas Zone Group l status for 2016.
Yarde stated that preparation had been going very well, especially over the past couple of days and without doubt they were fit and ready for the battle ahead this coming weekend against Ecuador who have the likes of Gonzalo Escobar, Emilio Gomez, Ivan Endara and Roberto Quiroz on their team.
“We have a very strong team; they too. And both teams are evenly balanced so we have to anticipate what they may do and likewise they may try to anticipate what we may do. But we are at home and that is the most important part. The home court advantage is definitely in our favour and we are expecting to come out on top but it will be a fight. We would like the whole of Barbados to come out,” Yarde said.
The players got a chance to give their take on what to expect and King currently ranked 193 in the world is expected to lead from the front and try to keep Barbados’ hopes alive. He said he did not feel any pressure after recently returning home from the US Open in preparation for the Davis Cup showdown. Lewis on the other hand explained that even though he was aware of a few of the Ecuadorians and their style of play, the main thing for him was to go out and execute his own game plans.
Meanwhile, the fast-improving Seanon Williams said he has developed a lot over the last three to four days and much of that had to do with the tournaments he played in Canada.
“Right now I feel confident and things are looking up for the tie this weekend regardless of which one out of the four of us play this weekend because we all seem to be ready,” Williams said.
Ecuador recently defeated the Barbadians in doubles at the just concluded Pan American Games and their captain Raoul Viver said his team had come to Barbados with high expectations.
“We expect a tough match and we know that Barbados is a strong team at home but we came here with high expectation to get the victory and retain our position,” Viver explained, while noting that the hot weather conditions were similar to what they were accustomed to back home and should not really affect them in any way.
Both Gomez and Escobar acknowledged that King and Lewis were good players and looked forward to what was in store for them against the Bajan men.
The draw for the tie will take place tomorrow at the Wildey Gymnasium around 10 a.m. and that will determine the match-ups.