Barbados’ number one player Darian King will serve off against Ivan Endara when the first encounter of the Davis Cup Group One tie against Ecuador commences tomorrow at the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) Wildey, St Michael courts.
The five games for the three-day tie were determined this morning by means of a draw that was witnessed by several persons including the players, president of BLTA, Dr Raymond Forde, and referee Marco Sergent.
Barbados team captain Kevin Yarde and his Ecuadorian counterpart Raoul Viver told the media they had a pretty good idea of who would play whom and therefore were not surprised after the draws were made.
Meanwhile Barbados’ golden boy Darian King said playing first was nothing new to him in the Davis Cup and he looked forward to the challenge tomorrow against Ecuador’s number three player Endara.
“I am getting accustomed to it [playing first]. I know Ivan very well and he is a great player and I know come tomorrow it will be a very tough match. But tennis is played on the day so I will just relax and play,” said the 23-year-old.
On the other side Endara knows it will be a tough task coming up against King who is the more experienced of the two. But he explained: “I am happy to be the first player on court and it is another opportunity for me to open the tie. I am just here to do my best and I am sure it will be a good fight.”
Also in action tomorrow will be Barbados’ number two player Haydn Lewis who will play the second singles match against Ecuador number two Emilio Gomez.
On Saturday at 12 p.m. King and Lewis will team up in the doubles match and they will take on Gomez and Gonzalo Escobar who actually defeated the Bajan duo in the doubles match at the just concluded Pan American Games.
On the third and final day proceedings will return to singles action where King will play Gomez and Lewis will come up against Endara for what should be an exciting climax. Both teams need to win and Ecuador in particular need to come out victorious in order to retain their Americas Zone Group l status for 2016.