SA's Davis Cup hopes in tatters

2012-09-16 19:13

Johannesburg - South Africa will play in the Euro-Africa Group I division of the Davis Cup again next season after they lost 4-1 to Canada in their World Group playoff in Montreal at the weekend.

The underdog South Africans, who had put up a valiant fight to win the doubles rubber, were eventually halted on Sunday as the hosts ran away with the tie to retain their place in the top tier of the men's global team competition.

World No 15 Milos Raonic beat the SA team's top-ranked player, Izak van der Merwe, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on the final day, and Frank Dancevic defeated debutant Nikala Scholtz 6-2, 6-2.

Van der Merwe and doubles specialist Raven Klaasen had kept the tourists in contention with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) victory over Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor on Saturday.

On the opening day, Van der Merwe had gone down to Pospisil and the gutsy 21-year-old Scholtz had narrowly lost to Raonic to put South Africa on the back foot.

The South Africans, defeated in the playoffs for the fourth year in succession, were without the country's top-ranked player, Kevin Anderson, who made himself unavailable for the tie, and Davis Cup veteran Rik de Voest, who injured his wrist on the eve of the playoff.


  • lownabester - 2012-09-16 20:50

    Well done to Raven and Izak, brillant match, Nestor is the best in the world, and you guys ran circles around them, We will try again.

      lownabester - 2012-09-17 08:39

      Raven is a brillant doubles player and he is "coloured" what a nice young man.

  • GalacticThomas - 2012-09-16 21:54

    Our tennis is seriously lagging far behind the world... What is the problem?

      lownabester - 2012-09-16 22:29


      jam3son.walk3r - 2012-09-17 08:06

      Government parks board has stopped helping with tennis court maintanence because tennis is considered a white sport. no more tennis courts means no more new talent. Tennis is also no longer a school sport, not many schools have tennis teams any more. Even at private clubs, young kids are trading in their racquets for phones/electronic entertainment. No new/young members at tennis clubs, private clubs are closing up shop as current members get too old to play.

  • fwdaniels - 2012-09-16 23:07

    I never knew, Nestor was the best in the world.

      lownabester - 2012-09-17 08:37

      Nestor is 40 years old, I have followed his career, and if you watched the match, you would have heard the commentators refer to him as the best, Well Spain deserved to be in the final, they won without Nadal, Isner was beaten twice, by Nico and Ferru. Will be a good final, Spain playing away from home and on hardcourt.

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