Irish Davis Cup Team named to include Ulster's Peter and Sam Bothwell

Peter Bothwell

YOUNG BLOOD TO THE FORE AS IRISH DAVIS CUP TEAM ANNOUNCED.

Conor Niland, Captain of the Irish Davis Cup team, has this morning announced his team for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group II event against Denmark which will take place in the Birkerød Idraetscenter, outside Copenhagen on the 3rd and 4th February 2018.

Peter Bothwell leads a new look Irish Davis Cup team with four players making their Davis Cup debut for Ireland in Simon Carr, Osgar O’Hoisin, Julian Bradley and Sam Bothwell

Many of the Irish tennis community witnessed some excellent performances produced by this current Irish Davis Cup team at ITF professional events held in Ireland during the Summer.  Simon Carr played some wonderful tennis to reach the semi-finals of the AIG Irish Open in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club and he also reached the last 16 of the US Junior Open in August. Peter Bothwell reached the finals of the doubles event at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown International Championships in Carrickmines Tennis Club whilst his brother Sam reached the finals of the doubles event at the AIG Irish Open. Osgar O’Hoisin, who is currently in the States on a tennis scholarship, returned home for the summer period and reached the second round in singles of both professional events held in Dublin. Julian Bradley has completed his studies in the States and is currently competing on the professional circuit having reached the finals of an ITF Futures event in Serbia at the beginning of September.

Three players were not available for selection for this tie which is the first under the new Davis Cup rules and allows nations to nominate up to five players. James McGee has not played since he lost in the first round of qualifying of the US Open in New York in August and he is currently taking some time out of tennis. Sam Barry is focused on playing ranking events next February in the Southern hemisphere and David O’Hare is planning on defending his title at the Challenger event in Dallas which clashes with the first-round tie against Denmark.

The Irish Davis Cup Captain Conor Niland said We have four new caps on this five-man team and I know that this team are really excited about representing their Country in Davis Cup. I am really looking forward to competing again in Group II and working with this young enthusiastic team who are really excited about the challenge against Denmark.”

Tennis Ireland Chief Executive Richard Fahey said “We have selected an excellent young team for the tie against Denmark and all are extremely honored to be representing their Country in the Davis Cup competition. Obviously Denmark is a tough draw and especially as it is an away tie but we are looking forward to supporting the team as they head out to Denmark under the guidance of Conor Niland.”

Ireland beat Bulgaria 2-1 in a promotion play-off in Bulgaria last year securing Ireland’s place in Europe/Africa II for 2018. This is the first tie where the new Davis Cup trials will come into effect with play now taking place over two days and the best of three sets. The new format will see two singles matches played on the first day, and the doubles match followed by the two reverse singles matches on the second day. Teams can nominate five players to play in the tie.

 

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