Team SA, from LR: Raven Klassen, Dylan Salton, Ruan Roelofse, Christo van Rensburg (captain), Lloyd Harris and Vaughn Hunter during the Davis Cup Group I promotion playoff between South Africa and Israel in Ashdod more early this month. (Photo credit: Israel Tennis Association)
- South Africa’s tennis team has been drawn to face Bulgaria in a Davis Cup Group II tie.
- The South African side remain in Group II after losing a playoff game to Israel earlier this month.
- The next meeting will take place in Bulgaria in mid-September.
The South African tennis team were drawn against Bulgaria for their Davis Cup World Group II tie later this year.
The South Africans missed out on promotion to World Group I after losing a playoff game to Israel in Ashdod earlier this month.
The draw against Bulgaria is also away and will be a difficult encounter for the South African team.
“We will have to go back to playing away, and Bulgaria have a difficult player currently ranked world No. 29, Grigor Dimitrov, so he will have an uphill battle against (world No. 44) Lloyd Harris,” SA captain Christo van Rensburg said in a statement.
“They also have another player ranked in the top 200 (Dimitar Kuzmanov).”
But Van Rensburg is confident that his team will fight.
“I will always support my horse, and by September it will be my job to go and see who will be available for the meet,” he said.
“We’ll wait to find out what surface they’re playing on and build a squad probably about a month before that challenge.”
South Africa and Bulgaria have played in the Davis Cup once before – in 2019 in Cape Town when the hosts won 4-1.
The Davis Cup World Group II tie between South Africa and Bulgaria will be played at a yet-to-be-determined venue in Bulgaria.
The scheduled dates are either September 16-17 or 17-18.
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