Potchefstroom, South Africa – South Africa will be at full strength for their Euro/Africa Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie against The Netherlands. The tie will be played at the North West University in Potchefstroom on July 8, 9 and 10. World No 39 Kevin Anderson has confirmed his participation in the tie and he will be backed up by Izak van der Merwe, Rik de Voest and Wesley Moodie.
“I am very happy that I was able to select the best team,” said SA Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager. “It is great for South Africa that Kevin is back. Holland is a very tough team and we need our best team to win this tie.”
Anderson is currently in action at the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club in London. He started particularly well, taking out grass-court specialist Ivo Karlovic 6-4 7-6 in the opening round.
“I’m really looking forward to the Davis Cup tie,” said Anderson. “It’s an honour representing South Africa and I am pleased to be able to do so. Netherlands has a very good team and we will have to play well to get through. But we all look forward to the challenge, I’m sure it will be an exciting tie.”
Van der Merwe is ranked at No 132 in singles and 130 in doubles while De Voest is 154 in singles and 146 in doubles. Doubles specialist Moodie is currently ranked at No 27 in the world.
This will be the first time Potchefstrrom will host a David Cup tie and the University stadium holds 1000 people.
Tickets go sale from Thursday, June 9 and are available at Postnets across the country and at www.ticketpros.co.za
“Tickets are well priced and we hope that everyone comes out to support what is the best team we can field for this crucial Davis Cup tie,” said Ian Smith, chief executive of the South African Tennis Association.
The Dutch are yet to name their team but the core of the squad is likely to come from Robin Haase (ranked 59), Thiemo de Bakker (801), Thomas Schoorel (102) and Jesse Huta Galung (117).