Over the last few days, I have been paying close attention to the results in the Davis Cup ties being contested all over the world. The highly anticipated 1st round clash between Australia and the Czech Republic didn’t disappoint. In a decision, backed by Lleyton Hewitt and Wally Masur, two of Australia’s highest ranked players, Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis were selected to contest in the opening 2 rubbers. Tomic has been one of Australia’s most successful players of the past 5 years, and Kokkinakis has proven his staying power in the past, particularly during the big matches (let’s not forget his 5 setters at the Aussie Open). They brought their best tennis on court, winning both matches in the away clash to take Australia to a 2-0 lead after day one. Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt lost a very tight doubles match, however, Bernard Tomic sealed the victory with a win in the reverse singles against Lukas Rosol.
This victory for Australia secures our place in the world group, which is where we belong. Having won the Davis Cup trophy 28 times, it is a place we know very well, but many nations are fighting for a place in the top 8. We needed a fresh line up to our squad and it certainly paid off. It was the surprise package of Tomic and Kokkinakis that the Czech Republic weren’t expecting. The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup trophy in 2013 and 2014, which makes today’s win even more special.
I might as well put it on the record that Australia has a great opportunity to take this year’s Davis Cup trophy. 2015 is Australia’s year.