Thursday 21 November 2019

Niland says McGee 'vital' for Ireland's Davis Cup showdown

James McGee
James McGee
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IRELAND Davis Cup boss Conor Niland says it's vital to have James McGee available for the relegation showdown against South Africa or Turkey in July.

Niland was speaking after Ireland's 5-0 defeat to Belarus over the weekend at the Castleknock Club from which national No 1 McGee was a notable absentee, because of his desire to play in the qualifying draw of this week's top tier ATP World Tour event in Indian Wells, California.

"Hopefully James McGee will make himself available for the relegation play-off, and it will be a massive boost to the team if he does decide," said Niland, whose side will be away in the Europe-Africa Zone Group Two shoot-out.

"We'll be talking to James in the near future about the relegation tie, and hopefully we'll persuade him to play in it."

Meanwhile, for the second-year running Andy Murray led Britain to a Davis Cup first-round victory over the United States when he beat John Isner 7-6(4) 6-3 7-6(4) yesterday in Glasgow.

Cheered on by a partisan crowd, the former Wimbledon champion survived some early scares against the big-serving American before taking charge to put Britain into a 3-1 lead. In the quarter-finals they will face a home tie with France after they beat Germany with a day to spare.

Elsewhere, Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of 2015 with victory at the BMW Malaysian Open, with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alexandra Dulgheru.

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