11 Apr 2007

Oceania's Executive Officer believes results would have been different against New Zealand

9:58 am on 11 April 2007

The Oceania Tennis Federation's Executive Officer, Patrick O'Rourke is convinced that the Oceania team's 5-nil Davis Cup result against New Zealand last month may have been different played in the right conditions.

His comments come after the Oceania team with players from Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa, and Marshall Islands beat Pakistan 3-2 in their Group 2 Asia/Oceania tie in Samoa at the weekend.

O'Rourke says playing the game in Dunedin in New Zealand's South Island wasn't right for the players from the Pacific.

"In New Zealand it was completely the wrong conditions for us, it was indoors very fast surface, the air conditioning was turned up so it was a bit cold for our fellas, and in Apia it was hot over 30 degrees each day."