Davis Cup back on for July
Bermuda?s Davis Cup campaign appears to be back on track.After concerns that no host had yet come forward to host the April event, the International Tennis Federation?s (ITF) executive director of the Davis Cup Bill Babcock yesterday confirmed the Americas Group IV tournament would now take place later in the summer.?I am very confident about this and we are now looking at July,? said Babcock, speaking from the ITF?s London headquarters yesterday.?There are a number of Davis Cup weeks every year, so there is no problem holding it then, even though, yes, April is the normal time to stage this event.?Although hesitant to confirm a venue had been found, he hinted that at least one from the Bahamas, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean states, US Virgin Islands, Trinidad or Costa Rica had come forward ? Bermuda rejected the opportunity to stage the event.?It is probably too early for me to say exactly who has bid or offered,? continued the affable yet diplomatic Babcock.?With any host venue there are always a lot of things to check in terms of transport, the courts, hotels and so on. It is something we are looking into it but I am confident the event will take place.?The Davis Cup is the lifeblood of our sport the option of this group not taking place this year is not an option.?The news was greeted with jubilation by Bermuda?s number one player James Collieson, although the athlete was keen to see the Island make the most of the four-month notice period.?I think it is great that it is back on,? said Collieson, who has been a frequent critic of the Island?s preparation for the competition in previous years.?It would have been a real shame to miss out on what is a very important event for Bermuda tennis. But what we have to do now is really make the most of it.?They need to get the National Selection Committee together as soon as possible so a coach can be appointed and then a team selected.?We then need to put in place a training schedule or at the very least a series of checkpoints so that all those selected, even if they are off the Island, can be accountable for what they are doing to prepare.?People can?t be left on their own and we need to get a structure in place.?There has always been a great team camaraderie during the event itself but not always in the build up to it. We have the time now to do that.?The Island Games is just before so, even though the team will be different, we can work on the two events together.?We should set ourselves the goal of promotion (last year Bermuda finished a disappointing fifth out of six teams) and should be disappointed with anything less.?Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association president Ross Hillen said the July 11-17 timing was ?provident? because of its proximity to the Island Games.But maintained the Island ?reserved the right to withdraw? until the event details were formally finalised in terms of venue and exact timing to ?protect our own interests?.