It seems that Davis Cup team mates Tucker Vorster and Lloyd Harris planned a similar day at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria on Friday.
The South African number one and two players won their respective singles matches with the identical score over their Luxembourg opponents to give their country a 2-0 lead after day one.
It was a dream start for the hosts in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Group 2 first round tie and for debutant Captain Marcos Ondruska. Ondruska said he was pleased with his players performances.
‘Tucker and Lloyd impressed in very tricky conditions. And I have always said that the true character of the players comes out in the tricky situations and both passed with flying colours. We don’t want to get too excited and ahead of ourselves but this is a dream start. There is still a lot of tennis to be played over the next two days and the doubles rubber tomorrow is key. We will go all out to seal the victory tomorrow.’
Vorster opened up for South Africa and admitted himself he didn’t play his best tennis but played well enough to beat Alex Knaff 6-1 6-4 6-4 in two hours 13 minutes.
‘The conditions were tough but I kept a good attitude throughout and felt I was very competitive which carried me through. It’s always special to play at home in front of my family and friends and I hope more fans come out to support our team this weekend.’
It was then the turn of 19-year-old Lloyd Harris of Cape Town to make his Davis Cup debut for South Africa. Harris impressed first time out as he upset his Luxembourg number one opponent Ugo Nastasi with the identical score of his teammate, 6-1 6-4 6-4 but in quicker time – 1hr 42min.
A fist pump to his teammates on clinching match point showed the importance of the win to Harris. ‘Today’s win will certainly go down as one of the highlights of my young career. I felt I played well and controlled the match from the start. My good form of late continues and hopefully will get better on Sunday.’
The temperature was a whopping 36C and on-court temperature several degrees higher and this certainly effected the visitors. Admitted their captain Johny Goudenbour. ‘It was very hot out there and the balls were flying. The hotter it got the faster the balls moved and it was real difficult for my players under these conditions.’
On Saturday the doubles rubber starts at noon and will see South Africans Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse up against Nastasi and Mike Scheidweiler of Luxembourg.
Picture of Vorster in action is courtesy of Reg Caldecott