Tennis: Sorensen's Davis boost
Louk Sorensen is set to give Ireland a massive Davis Cup boost by returning to action in the relegation showdown against Tunisia in July. Sorensen missed last weekend's 3-2 first round defeat by Luxembourg at David Lloyd Riverview.
And a further boost for Ireland boss Garry Cahill is that, contrary to earlier reports, the tie against the Tunisians will take place in Dublin and not Tunis.
Due to combination of hamstring and pubic muscle problems, Sorensen had been sidelined from competitive action since an ATP Challenger Tour event in Brazil last August.
Sorensen emerged unscathed from two tournaments in South America over the past two weeks, first in Salinas, Ecuador and this week in Santiago, Chile.
In Salinas, Sorensen won three matches in the qualifying round to clinch a place in the main draw.
And in Santiago, he availed of his protected ranking of 266 dating back from last August to go straight into the main draw.
A first round exit proved to be his fate, but he pushed Brazil's 124-ranked Joao Souza in two sets, 6-3 7-6 (7/4).
"It will be great to have Louk back for the Tunisia tie," said Cahill.
With regard to the venue for the July tie, on Monday the ITF contacted Tennis Ireland saying that the Irish would be at home.
"As well as the return of Louk, it's a big plus that we will at home to Tunisia," said Cahill. "On clay and in 40 degrees of heat in Tunis, they would have been a very tough proposition at home."