The SA team in New York in September 2021. Left to right: (back) Philip Henning, Lleyton Cronje, Ruan Roelofse, Siphosothando Montsi, (front) Raven Klaasen, Christo van Rensburg and Lloyd Harris. (Photo credit: Tennis SA)
South Africa will face Israel in a Davis Cup The qualifiers for the promotion of World Group I next year, confirmed Tennis SA.
The match will be played on March 4 and 5, and the winning team will be promoted to World Group I.
For Captain SA Christo van Rensburg, the tie has significant sentimental value as Israel looks set to be led by its former training partner Amos Mansdorf.
Van Rensburg, who won the Australian Open doubles title in 1985 with American Paul Annacone, trained with former Israeli star Mansdorf for five years during his professional career, and they are stayed in touch over the years.
Mansdorf is currently the director of the Israel Tennis Association.
“He’s one of my best friends, and now, after so many years, we’re probably going to be training against each other, so it’s very exciting,” Van Rensburg said in a statement.
The SA team, led by Lloyd Harris, reached the wins of the Davis Cup Group I promotions after beating Venezuela 4-0 in their Group II draw in New York in September.
It was Van Rensburg’s first meeting at the helm of the national team after taking over from Marcos Ondruska in January 2020.
Some of the South African players are plying their trade at US colleges, but Van Rensburg has said he will try to negotiate their release for the draw.
“I will now contact any players who may be available,” Van Rensburg said.
“We obviously have to talk to the American coaches and confirm if they will let their players go for 10 days, but it’s very exciting and we are looking forward to the draw.”
South Africa and Israel have met twice in the Davis Cup before, with the Israelis winning both draws 3-2 (at Ramat HaSharon in 2001 and Irene, Pretoria in 2018).
South Africa’s Davis Cup team to play in 2022 @DavisCup The World Group I qualifiers against Israel away in March, after the two nations were opposed in a draw hosted by the International Tennis Federation on Sunday.
The meeting will be played from March 4 to 5, 2022 in Israel. pic.twitter.com/WxxgdiRLL2
– Tennis South Africa (@TennisSA) December 5, 2021