Johannesburg - It was no surprise when Tennis South Africa (TSA)
announced on Tuesday they had opted for a high altitude venue for their
forthcoming Davis Cup Euro Africa Group 2 round 1 tie vs Luxembourg.
The Irene Country Club in the City of Tshwane was once again named by TSA as
the preferred venue for the tie to be played March 4-6,
A medium to fast hard court will be laid for the tie.
This is the first time South Africa and Luxembourg will meet in Davis Cup
competition and it will be the first time newly appointed South African Davis
Cup Captain, Marcos Ondruska will lead his country.
South Africa in 2015 went up against Ireland in the Euro/Africa
Relegation playoffs also staged in Centurion at the Irene Country Club where
South Africa romped past Ireland 5-0 and avoided relegation to Group 1.
Wolmarans and Tucker Vorster won a couple of tight four-setters on the opening
day to give the hosts a handy 2-0 lead.
Then Dean O'Brien and Ruan Roelofse
combined in the doubles contest to seal the tie.
Vorster and Roelofse added to
Ireland's misery, by triumphing in the Sunday reverse singles too.
Luxembourg in 2015 got no joy when they drew Bulgaria. Bulgaria took the
tie 5-0 meaning Luxembourg remains in Group 2 for 2016.
Luxembourg's best performances in the Davis Cup competition have been
reaching the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 second round, which it achieved in
1993, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Irene has played host to three Davis Cup ties over the past two years. South
Africa won the ties versus Monaco and Ireland, but lost closely to Lithuania
making it a happy hunting ground for the hosts.
Tie Director, Clark Coetzee, said that the success of hosting the Davis Cup at
Irene Country Club over the past two years made the choice easy.
enjoys a sound working relationship with Irene Country Club and our players
have always given the club and the crowd support it attracts the thumbs
up," said Coetzee.
Tickets are available at R100 per person and at R250 for a season
ticket via Webtickets.co.za and Pick n Pay stores.