Two Alums Competing in the Davis Cup this Weekend
July 16, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two former Virginia men’s tennis players, Treat Huey ’08 and Dominic Inglot ’09, competed this week in Davis Cup ties.
Inglot, a member of the defending-champion British Davis Cup team, was in Belgrade, Serbia, playing in the World Group Quarterfinal. Ingot, partnering with Jamie Murray, picked up a crucial 6-1, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic to give Britain a 2-1 lead over Serbia heading into Sunday’s deciding singles matches. Inglot and Murray broke Krajinovic’s serve on the opening game of the fourth set. Having saved a break point in the final game of the match, Ingot then fired two unstoppable service winners to seal the contest.
The Brits split their singles matches on Sunday, with Kyle Edmund clinching the 3-2 victory. Great Britain will host Argentina in the semifinals Sept. 16-18. France and Croatia will battle in the other semifinal.
Huey and the team from the Philippines hosted Chinese Taipei in a second-round tie in Asia-Oceania Group II. Huey partnered with Ruben Gonzales to down Jui-Chen Hung and Chieh-Fu Wang 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles match on Saturday. With the Filipinos poised to seal the match, 5-2 in the fourth set, the Chinese-Taipei pair mounted a spirited fight back to reduce the deficit to 5-4.But their comeback turned out to be too little, too late, as the Philippines repelled the late rally and took the victory. Chinese Taipei went on to a 3-1 victory.
The 16 best national teams are assigned to the World Group and compete annually for the Davis Cup. Nations which are not in the World Group compete in one of three regional zones (Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa). The competition is spread over four weekends during the year. Each elimination round between competing nations is held in one of the countries, and is played as the best of five matches (4 singles, 1 doubles).
The World Group is the top group and includes the world’s best 16 national teams. Teams in the World Group play a four-round elimination tournament. Teams are seeded based on a ranking system released by the ITF, taking into account previous years’ results. The defending champion and runner-up are always the top two seeds in the tournament. The losers of the first-round matches are sent to the World Group playoff round, where they play along with winners from Group I of the regional zones. The playoff round winners play in the World Group for the next year’s tournament, while the losers play in Group I of their respective regional zone.
Each of the three regional zones is divided into four groups. Groups I and II play elimination rounds, with the losing teams facing relegation to the next-lower group. The teams in Groups III and those in Group IV play a round-robin tournament with promotion and relegation.
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