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National tennis team lose home advantage at Davis Cup due to Covid-19

By Hoang Nguyen   August 30, 2021 | 11:21 pm PT
National tennis team lose home advantage at Davis Cup due to Covid-19
The Vietnam national tennis team. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Tennis Federation
Vietnam have lost their home advantage in the Davis Cup 2021 group stage as Covid-19 rages across the country.

Previously, Vietnam had been chosen to host group three in the Asia-Oceania zone of the Davis Cup. The venue was supposed to be Hai Dang Tennis Club in the southern province of Tay Ninh. But because of the ongoing Covid-19 wave in Vietnam, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) instead appointed Jordan as host.

Vietnam, 71st in world rankings, will compete with eight other teams in group three from Sept. 15 to 18. They are Hong Kong (68th), Syria, (76th), Sri Lanka (78th), Kuwait (110th), Qatar (111th), Jordan (120th), Pacific Oceania (122nd) and Malaysia (127th).

With the current world ranking, Vietnam are the second seed of group three.

ITF and Davis Cup organizers will host a draw to decide the fixtures on Sept. 14. The top three nations of group three will qualify for the Davis Cup world group two playoffs next year.

Four players will represent Vietnam in the tournament - Ly Hoang Nam, Trinh Linh Giang, Vu Ha Minh Duc and Le Quoc Khanh.

The target of the national tennis team in this tournament will be a spot in the world group two play-offs in 2022.

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