Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg – Virginia men’s tennis junior Chris Rodesch competed in the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs Feb. 4-5 in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Rodesch represented Luxembourg in its ties against South Africa, helping to lead his home nation to a 4-1 victory. With the win, Luxembourg progresses to 2023 World Group II while South Africa is relegated to playing in Group III regionals.

Rodesch played singles on the first day, lifting his team to a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Kris Van Wyk. Rodesch partnered with Florida State alum Alex Knaff in doubles on day two, falling 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, but Knaff cemented the victory with a three-set win in singles. Raphael Calzi added a fourth point in the final match of the tie.

This is Rodesch’s fourth time playing in Davis Cup ties for Luxembourg with a 6-2 overall singles record. He was part of last year’s squad, earning Luxembourg its World Group II promotion.

In other Davis Cup action, UVA alum Alexander Ritschard and his Switzerland team were in action in qualifiers, advancing to the finals with a 3-2 victory over Germany, though he did not compete in the tie.