Carr driving Ireland's Davis Cup bid
Davis Cup hero Simon Carr is keeping his fingers crossed that Ireland will secure promotion for next year's campaign, despite their agonising 2-1 defeat by Cyprus in the Europe Zone Group Four first-place play-off in San Marino.
A winner of all his five singles ties over the week, the 19-year-old Mullingar man is not too downbeat in the wake of the 6-2 2-6 7-6 (7/0) defeat suffered by Peter Bothwell and Julian Bradley in the deciding doubles rubber against Petros Chrysochos and Sergis Kyratzis.
"The doubles match could have gone either way and Peter and Julian did very well to recover from a set down to force a third-set tie-break," remarked Carr, who came up trumps in his singles contests against Kosovo, San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Cyprus.
"In the past, two teams have been promoted from Group Four of the Europe Zone, and hopefully that will be the case again on this occasion.
"We have a very young Davis Cup team and are all improving our level and rankings all the time, so it bodes well for the future."
While Carr blitzed Menelaos Efstathiou on a 6-3 6-1 scoreline in Saturday's opening contest, Irish No 1 Peter Bothwell came up short on a 7-5 6-3 margin against Chrysochos, a player over 100 places ahead of him in the world rankings, to ensure that the doubles rubber would decide the overall outcome of the tie.