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SA face Davis Cup relegation

2013-09-16 19:00
John-Laffnie de Jager (File)

Johannesburg - A 4-1 Euro-Africa Group Two Davis Cup defeat against Slovenia over the weekend has left South Africa facing imminent relegation to what is effectively the third division of the 130-nation competition - the largest annual sporting team event in the world.

South Africa last played in the elite Davis Cup World Group in 1998 and have been in the Euro-Africa Group One since 2008.

And South Africa, with the 162nd ranked Rik de Voest the country's number two ranked player after Anderson, would likely take a crushing backward step in the event in which they are one of only 13 countries to have won the Davis Cup since its inception 113 years ago.


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