NZ Tennis Davis Cup
Christchurch has been confirmed as the venue for the important New Zealand versus India Davis Cup tie in July.
The Asia/Oceania Group One final has a reward for the winner of taking part in the World Group playoffs against potential opponents such as the United States, Switzerland or Germany later in the year.
The tie against India will be held indoors at The Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch 17-19 July and is the same venue where the home team beat Chinese-Taipei in October.
It will be a busy weekend in Christchurch with the All Blacks against Argentina Four Nations test on the Friday night. Tennis New Zealand are aiming to start the opening singles of the Davis Cup a little earlier than usual to accommodate fans of both sports.
Tennis NZ CEO Steve Johns believes it’s an ideal opportunity for tennis and the city of Christchurch to showcase itself.
“The importance of this Davis Cup tie is huge. Over 120 countries in a 115 year old competition take part in Davis Cup and TNZ are pleased to bring this tie to Christchurch again on what is going to be a busy weekend. TNZ is keen to work in with fans who also want to attend the rugby test in the city as well. They can see two high quality sporting events in the one city in the one weekend.”
Tickets for the tie will go on sale on midway through next month.
New Zealand’s top players have been putting in good performances since their victory over China in March with a number of Challenger doubles titles and top performances in ATP and Futures events.
Artem Sitak has a ranking of 49 in the world in doubles while Michael Venus is 59 followed by Marcus Daniell at 85.
In singles Rubin Statham is ranked 391 and was recently a finalist and then a winner at Futures tournaments in Australia, on each occasion beating higher ranked players to make the finals. Venus is ranked 509 in singles.