San Marino's Centro Tennis Cassa di Risparmio is the venue for Group IV of the European bracket at the 2019 Davis Cup. Round-robin matches begin on Monday and run through Friday.
Saturday will be dedicated to the play-offs. The format involves nations from pool A and pool B facing off in the following way, although details about the order and timing of specific matches are not set, per the tournament's official website:
- A1 vs. B1
- A2 vs. B2
- A3 vs. B3
- A4 vs. B4
- A5 vs. B5
Hosts San Marino will be involved, along with Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein and Malta.
Simon Carr to Lead Ireland to Qualification
Simon Carr is still waiting on a first win at the World Cup of Tennis, but the 19-year-old is a precocious talent who is the key to Ireland's chances. Carr possesses the athleticism to cover plenty of ground across the courts in San Marino, while his backhand shots will pose a challenge for any other nation in the group.
Peter Bothwell will provide credible support for Carr, along with Julian Bradley. The latter is a 6'6" powerhouse who can overwhelm opponents with a fearsome service game.
Thanks to the mix of technique and power, Ireland have the right blend to be a team to fear in this group.
Cyprus Team to Watch in Play-Offs
Cyprus don't have the benefit of the gifted Marcos Baghdatis at the Davis Cup. The No. 135-ranked player in the ATP rankings isn't involved after reaching the second round at 2019 Wimbledon, but Petros Chrysochos is.
He's got the potential to make an impact in the singles matches. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Menelaos Efstathiou is a talent who gives his nation the edge in doubles competition.
Finally, Eleftherios Neos has three previous wins in Davis Cup action. His experience and comfort at this level will prove crucial, particularly once the play-offs begin.