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Davis Cup boss backs Niland rest decision

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Paddy Hickey

Published 30/06/2011 | 05:00

DAVIS CUP boss Garry Cahill says he has no problem with the fact that the three members of his team have adopted a different approach to Conor Niland ahead of the Dublin relegation play-off against Tunisia.

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After his five-set Wimbledon epic with Adrian Mannarino last week, Niland has understandably decided to take a break from tournament action this week.

But Dublin trio James Cluskey, James McGee and Barry King are all battling it out in the competitive arena, with the Europe-Africa Zone Group 2 tie at Clonskeagh's David Lloyd Riverview set for July 8-10.

Swords man Cluskey is taking part in both singles and doubles in the ITF Futures event at Montauban, France, while Castleknock's McGee is playing in the clay court tournament in Rabat, Morocco.

Knocklyon's King has opted to stay at home to take in the Irish Close Championship at the Donnybrook Club, where he's the top seed.

"James Cluskey and James McGee felt it would be better for their game if they played in a (world ranking) tournament this week," said Cahill, who made his debut in the Davis Cup hot seat in the first-round loss to Luxembourg last March.

"Barry decided that the most favourable preparation for the Davis Cup would be to play in the Irish Close and he's sure to get plenty of matches in both singles and doubles in that."

On Niland's decision to skip tournament action, Mullingar native Cahill said: "Between his four matches and all the waiting around because of the rain breaks, Conor had a tiring enough time at Wimbledon."

Meanwhile, Sinead Lohan provided Irish tennis with another boost at the weekend. The Tramore 16-year-old made a huge breakthrough by winning her first world-ranking title in the ITF U-18 Grade 4 event at Riga, Latvia.

Finally, 440 teams and over 3,000 players have just concluded their efforts in one of the biggest inter-club tennis competitions in Europe.

Malahide proved the most successful unit in the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council Summer League, winning three of the 14 finals -- seven men's and seven women's -- staged last weekend.

The seasiders came up trumps in the men's Premier and Class 7 deciders and in the women's Class 2 final. Blackrock recorded a brace in men's Class 3 and 4.

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