Star player Darian King headlines the Barbados team announced today for their important Davis Cup tie against Ecuador.
The Barbados Davis Cup team, to be captained by Kevin Yarde, will travel to Ecuador to play this away tie in the first round of Group 1 Americas scheduled for March 4 and 6. The tie will be held at the Portoviejo Tennis Club, Portoviejo, and will be played on red clay.
Adam Hornby is the only change to the Barbados team which also comprise of Haydn Lewis and Seanon Williams.
On the back of an excellent performance in the Top 8 Invitational held last year, 20-year-old Hornby has been selected for the first time to play for Barbados. Hornby is presently based at Dalton State College in Georgia and is a key member of their tennis team.
Hornby, who grew up in New Zealand, is a citizen of Barbados by descent through his mother Marcia nee Pilgrim. His college profile states his goal is to represent Barbados at Davis Cup tennis.
The team will be expected to utilize the top two players who led Barbados to their historic position of being in Group 1 Americas for the first time ever last year. The team will be depending on their number one player King, who is the island’s only ATP ranked tennis professional at No. 243, to continue his excellent performance in singles with an overall record of 20-6 wins and a current winning streak of 17-1. His regular Davis Cup doubles partner, veteran Haydn Lewis, is now fully fit and is abroad training for the upcoming tie. Lewis who is Barbados’ most capped Davis Cup player, also holds the record with King as the best doubles team to represent Barbados with an 8-3 record.
The Ecuadorians have also made one change to their team, which now include four players who are actively competing on the pro-circuit. They have nominated Gonzalo Escobar (No. 360), Emilio Gomez (326), Ivan Endara (382) and Giovanni Lapentti. Ecuador have been boosted by the addition of the experienced 33-year-old Lapentti, who is ranked at 232 in the world, and replaces the younger Roberto Quiroz.
It will be a long journey for the Barbados team to the remote city of Portoviejo which is a two-hour drive from Guayaquil, which is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador.
This is the first away tie for the Barbados team in over two years, as they have played seven home ties since February 2013 when they played El Salvador.
The team will be leaving Barbados this Friday to give themselves time to acclimatize and to play on the Portoviejo clay ahead of the opening singles ties on March 4.