David O'Hare Named to Irish Davis Cup Team
Jan. 21, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
Senior men's tennis player David O'Hare will miss the Memphis Tigers' home match against Chattanooga and Murray State on Jan. 31st, but for good reason. He has been named to Ireland's Davis Cup team, which competes in Minsk, Belarus, Jan. 30-Feb. 2nd. It is the first-ever Davis Cup selection for O'Hare, who is teaming with Joe Salisbury at Memphis to form the No. 3 ranked college doubles team in the country in his final collegiate season. O'Hare was named to the team by Irish team captain Garry Cahill.
Ireland is competing in the Europe/Africa Group II draw in an effort to win their way to Group I status for the first time since 1991. The winner of the Ireland/Belarus will face the winner of the Egypt/Moldova match in early April.
O'Hare will play doubles with the Irish team and will likely be teamed with doubles specialist James Cluskey (world ranking 150) in the road match in Minsk at the Republic Olympic Tennis Centre. He will be one of two college players on the team, joining Stanford's John Morrissey on the roster for the first round tie. Daniel Glancy and James Cluskey will round out the Irish entry for this first round match-up.
The first round tie is a best of five format played over a three-day weekend. Two singles matches are played on Friday, a doubles match on Saturday and the reverse singles matches played on Sunday. In 2013, 130 nations entered Davis Cup by Paribas competition. Ireland plays in the Europe/Africa zone group and within each region there are three or four divisions, Group I being the highest and Group IV the lowest. Each group is split with play-offs deciding promotion and relegation amongst the zone.
O'Hare will play for Memphis this weekend in the ITA Kickoff Classic. The winning team in the Mississippi State pod, where Memphis is seeded third, advances to the ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championship. Memphis faces No. 18 South Carolina, Saturday at 10 a.m. The winner then faces the winner of the No. 14 Mississippi State/No. 27 Harvard match on Sunday.