Namibia showed some good performance at this year’s Davis Cup Qualification Rounds, but despite their efforts, went down against Egypt in their final playoff. Namibia put in a good show in a group that comprised Tunisia, Algeria and Ghana.
Updating the Economist from Egypt was participant and spokesperson Henco Serdyn. “Deon lost his singles match against Sherif Sabry 6-4 6-2. Sabry just had a bit more experience than Deon. Deon played good tennis, making all the shots. Sabry just kept the ball in play. Grinding the ball. Equally, Tuki played against Mohamed Safwat. Tuki had very few opportunities, but Safwat had the slight overhand over Tuki. Tuki lost the match 6-4 6-4. Both singles matches were intense, we made them earn every point and we tried to keep the unforced errors down to a minimum,” Serdyn said.
“We are very happy with our performance today. We know where to improve our game. Our focus will be on preparations for Davis Cup 2016,” he said.
“The team showed great character under pressure. Showing Namibia is not just competing, but competitors,” said fellow participant Deon van Dyk.
Congratulating his fellow team members Serdyn added, “well done to Tuki and Deon, they improved their performance with each opportunity. We had Egypt in our hands, I’m looking forward to our next encounter,” added Serdyn.
“Both players played great tennis, both players had the opportunity to take charge of the match. The results show that Namibian tennis level is not far behind other African countries,” said Johan Theron who accompanied the trio.
Before playing Egypt, Namibia beat Algeria and managed to earn a place in the final, which was the last qualification round. As the winners, Egypt has proceeded onto the second round of qualification.