Tennis: Pinoys to play Greece in Manila, as Davis Cup tweaks format


Posted at Feb 22 2020 06:56 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2020 08:49 PM

Tennis: Pinoys to play Greece in Manila, as Davis Cup tweaks format 1
Thanks to a new competition system shaking up the Davis Cup pairings, the Philippines gets to face World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and Greece in Manila in March. Issei Kato, Reuters

The Philippines clashes with Greece in the Davis Cup in Manila in March, as the tournament introduces a new format this year.

The Filipinos will take on the Greeks, who could be led by World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a World Group II playoff on March 6 and 7 at Philippine Columbian Association’s Plaza Dilao clay courts in Paco.

It will be the first time the Philippines will play a non-Asian side since the team faced Sweden in the World Cup qualifier in 1991.

Jeson Patrombon, Francis Casey Alcantara, AJ Lim, and possibly US-based Filipinos Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey are expected to suit up for the hosts.

They will have a chance to face Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals of the Australian Open last year, assuming Greece enlists him before the deadline on Tuesday.

“We’re excited of the new format because our team will have an opportunity to play not just Asians but also other strong players in the world,” said Philippine non-playing captain Chris Cuarto.

In this new system, a total of 12 home-and-away ties will be played in the World Group II simultaneous with the World Qualifiers and World Group I playoffs.

The top 12 in the World Group II playoffs will then advance to the World Group II ties in September along with losing countries from the World Group I.

The losers here will be demoted to the Regional Group III scheduled in June and July or September.

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