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By unknown | Jun 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Top class tennis is expected when South Africa take on Denmark in the Euro-Africa Davis Cup tournament at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park next month.

The tournament, which has generated a lot of interest, will be staged on the new tennis court from July 18-20.

Ian Smith, chief executive of the South African Tennis Association, said this event will be played at a fantastic venue and he was expecting one of the best games on the day.

"The Davis Cup is one of the most prestigious events on the tennis calendar and is vital for the growth of the sport in South Africa.

"To be able to hold this event in a superb arena of this nature only adds to its stature," he said.

South Africa and Denmark have met on four occasions with the honours being shared 2-2. While the Danes won the first two ties in 1955 and 1957, South Africa have won the last two meetings, in 1963 and 2003.

But all the previous ties have been staged in Denmark and this will be the first time they meet on South African shores.

The venue is also the home to many sporting activities such as boxing, darts and bowls and with the addition of this event it will soon be known for hosting one of South Africa's finest tennis tournaments.

The South African team is likely to be headed up by fast-improving Kevin Anderson, who is on the brink of breaking into the world's top 100.

Anderson has the distinction of beating World No. 3 Novak Djokavic at the Masters tournament in Miami, US, in March this year.

He could be supported by Wesley Moodie, Rik de Voest and South Africa's top doubles protagonist Jeff Coetzee.

Coetzee and Moodie have been a formidable doubles combination this year, winning the title in Estoril and reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open, the Miami Masters and the Monte Carlo Masters.

The South African team will be announced this month.


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