15 Apr 2014

Sport: Oceania Davis Cup team could be dumped in favour of Fed Cup

11:04 am on 15 April 2014

Oceania Tennis is considering dumping its Davis Cup side, after years of underachievement, and reintroducing a team for the Federation Cup.

Pacific Oceania have been active in the Davis Cup since 1995, and in 2005 recorded their best ever finish in making the Group II semi finals.

But the ageing squad has struggled in recent times and was last year relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV, the lowest possible level.

The region has not entered a Fed Cup team since 2004 and the vice president of Oceania Tennis, and Davis Cup captain, Cyrille Mainguy says it was a hot topic at last weekend's AGM in Nadi.

"At the moment we've got Abigail Tere-Apisah: she's at university in the [United] States and she's currently number eight in NCAA in the whole country so she's really good and we've got another girl from Samoa, Steffi [Carruthers], and she's on the tour at the moment and currently 782 in the world so those girls are stepping up and the men's team is getting a bit older and there are no real juniors stepping up to the task at the moment".

Cyrille Mainguy, who will step down as Davis Cup captain following their upcoming tie in Iran, says financial restricitions mean it's not possible to enter both a men's and women's team in competition.