9 Feb 2007

Oceania tennis team prepare for historic game against New Zealand

8:26 am on 9 February 2007

The Oceania tennis team will face New Zealand in their Group two Asia/Oceania Davis Cup tie in Dunedin this afternoon.

It's a historic occassion for the players who consist of Brett Baudinet from the Cook Islands, Juan Langton from Samoa, Michael Leong of the Solomon Islands, and Wes Nott from the Marshall Islands.

The teams liaison officer Pat O'Rourke says it's been a tough road to Group 2.

"We've played in Group 3 and Group 4 of Davis Cup most years, but about three years ago the boys managed to win their way up into group 2 is when you end up having individual ties rather than a round robin type of event, and so in 2005 we played against Lebanon in Fiji and we then played against Korea in Korea and last year we played against Hong Kong in Hong Kong, and we played Malaysia in New Caledonia as a home tie for us. This year we're now drawn to play New Zealand which is very pleasing."

The number two seed Wes Nott will play New Zealand's number one Dan King Turner in the first single, with number one seed Michael Leong taking on Simon Rea... Langton from Samoa will team up with Leong for the doubles with Baudinet on standby.