Hosts UAE have been drawn along with Pacific Oceania, Vietnam and Cambodia in Pool B while top seeds Hong Kong will be joined by Malaysia, Oman and Iran in Pool A for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group III that gets under way at the Dubai Aviation Club from Wednesday.
The draw was made by Tournament Director Sarah Baker along with Tournament Consultant Adel Aref and Tournament Referee Nitin Kanamwar on Tuesday morning.
“Maybe this is by far the tougher of the two pools. But then, this is Group III and we could not have expected anything better,” said UAE’s national team coach Jorge Martin Munoz.
“The draw was done by rankings of the teams and we were bound to have at least two tough teams in our pool. I believe we have a genuine chance to at least stay behind in Group III for next year,” the Spaniard offered.
The UAE will commence their campaign on Wednesday evening with their first tie against Pacific Oceania. “One cannot afford to think too much about the teams as most players in this group are at a similar level. It’s just down to how our players will perform on each day,” Munoz observed.
“But more important to me is the fact that my players are ready for the challenge. They look confident and think they can take this one,” he added.
The UAE’s mainstay Omar Bahroozian Al Awadhy was keen to live up to the challenge playing in front of home support. “Pacific Oceania are a bit of an unknown. They don’t know us and we don’t know them simply because they’ve been in Group II for a long time. I’m looking forward to the challenge as it’s a new team,” he observed.
“They’ve obviously come down from Group II, so they’re definitely a good team. But it’s a good challenge to start off tomorrow,” he added.
In other matches on the opening day of the competition, Hong Kong will be up against Oman while Malaysia will take on Iran in the two Pool A matches, while Vietnam will take on Cambodia in the other Pool B encounter.
Each of the four teams will play each other in their pools before deciding on the best two teams that will head into a ‘qualifying pool’ of four to decide the best two who will be promoted to Group II for 2014.
Pool A - Hong Kong; Malaysia; Oman; Iran
Pool B - Pacific Oceania; Vietnam; UAE; Cambodia
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