Friday 19 January 2018

Tennis: McGee shock as king gets nod

Ireland Davis Cup boss Garry Cahill has dropped a bombshell by axing James McGee for today's Davis Cup clash with Luxembourg at Riverview, writes Paddy Hickey.

In the absence of injured duo Louk Sorensen and Colin O'Brien, McGee was expected to play in the singles along with No 1 Conor Niland.

But instead Cahill has given the nod to Barry King, who will also play in the doubles.

First-time Davis Cup supremo Cahill has decided on this course of action despite the fact that McGee is ranked at 662 in the world singles list -- King (right) is ranked at 967.

In addition, the Castleknock man possesses greater Davis Cup experience and a better tournament record.

After Niland opens proceedings today against Luxembourg No 2 Mike Vermeer, an 18-year-old Davis Cup rookie, King will take on the Grand Duchy's lynchpin, world No 90 Gilles Muller.

Explaining his shock decision, Cahill said: "I put a lot of store on how the players performed in practice during the week, and Barry has been hitting the ball exceptionally well.

"As well, I'd be optimistic that Barry's game and his strong temperament will pose more than a few problems for Muller."

Irish Independent

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