4 May 2015

Sport: Pacific Oceania dig deep to win Davis Cup promotion

12:40 pm on 4 May 2015

Pacific Oceania tennis captain Gilles de Gouy says his players had to dig deep before sealing victory in their Davis Cup promotion playoff against the United Arab Emirates.

Vanuatu's Cyril Jacobe won the opening singles rubber but Tahiti's Heve Kelley succumbed in straight sets to send the play-off to a deciding doubles rubber in Bahrain.

Brett Baudinet from the Cook Islands and Guam's Daniel Llarenas prevailed in a tight affair 7-6 7-5, to maintain their perfect record throughout the week and elevate the Dolphins into Group Three in 2016.

After being relegated to the bottom group two years ago, Gilles de Gouy says there was a lot of pressure on them to perform.

"We know that if we didn't get to the third group or division next year maybe the men's Davis Cup would purely and simply be cancelled for Oceania. It was also some pressure from us to do well, and we did it so it's great. We had to wait the last second with the crucial margin with a lot of suspense. It's even better when you win like that".

Gilles de Gouy says he hopes to have the same team back next year to compete in Group Three.

Cyril Jacobe has signalled this will be his last Davis Cup appearance but de Gouy hopes he will stick around for another campaign.

"Maybe he's going to change hopefully his mind. Heve - it was a wonderful week for him and I hope he's going to be the future of the young generation. We would like to get two more younger [players] but until this we need the experienced players and of course we keep our doubles team with Daniel and Brett Baudinet. [Hopefully] we can carry on like that for two or three more years until we have a fully new generation".

Singapore were also promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group Three after beating Jordan.