Barbados avoided demotion this afternoon when they won their relegation tie against Uruguay 3-2 and remained in Group I of the Davis Cup competition. And it was thanks to an unbeaten performance by the island’s top-ranked Darian King at the National Tennis Centre in Wildey.
The home side entered the final day of competition with a 2-1 advantage after King won his singles match on the opening day last Friday against Rodrigo Arus 3-1. He then came back on Saturday and teamed up with Haydn Lewis in the doubles which they won 3-0 and today in the reverse singles King closed it out when he came out on top with a straight sets victory 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 over Santiago Maresca.
The third and decisive day did not end without drama, though, as King and Uruguay team captain Enrique Perez- Cassarino exchanged words that forced the referee to intervene.
At the start of the encounter it appeared as though King got off to a slow start but after the game he told the media that was not the case. He did acknowledged that his forearm along with the wind caused problems on court and made him focus a lot more mentally in order to pull off the win.
“I wouldn’t say I started slow I was up in most of the games but just didn’t convert my chances. But it was tough because the wind was blowing pretty strong and unusual and it was tough for me especially on the far side to the pavilion. But that set point was important for me to come up with the first and I relaxed more and played my game,” King said.(ML)