Tuesday 25 July 2017

Cahill puts faith in King for Tunisia showdown

TENNIS

Paddy Hickey

BARRY KING has got the nod ahead of James McGee for Ireland's Davis Cup relegation play-off against Tunisia, which gets under way at a sold-out Riverview this afternoon (4.0).

Ireland boss Garry Cahill has opted to retain 946-ranked King in the second singles slot, even though 567-ranked McGee has advanced to two Futures finals inside the last month.

King took a set off 90-ranked Gilles Muller when Ireland went down 3-2 to Luxembourg back in March and has done enough in training over the past few days to keep his place.

Conor Niland -- who reached the main draw at Wimbledon -- will open proceedings against Tunisian No 2 Anis Ghorbel, with King then facing the North Africans' No 1, 293-ranked Malek Jaziri.

Jaziri is a survivor from the only previous meeting between the two countries when Ireland won 3-0 in a Group Three tie in July 2005.

"Malek is playing very well, and we've been practising on the courts since Monday," said boss Walid Jallali.

"And we're happy that the tie is being played indoors as there will be no sun or wind to affect the players."

Davis Cup Europe-Africa Zone Group 2 Relegation Play-Off, Ireland v Tunisia (David Lloyd Riverview, Clonskeagh, Dublin) -- Today (4.0): C Niland v A Ghorbel, followed by B King v M Jaziri. Tomorrow (3.0) -- King & J McGee v S Ghorbel & Jaziri. Sunday (2.0) -- Niland v Jaziri, King v A Ghorbel.

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