Klaasen Ready to Deal with Davis Cup Expectations

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Klaasen Ready to Deal with Davis Cup Expectations


BYLINE: Lerato Gumbi

PRETORIA: Davis Cup stalwart Rik de Voest will lead the South African challenge against Monaco in this weekend's Euro-Africa Group Two tie in Centurion.

South African captain John-Laffnie de Jager revealed at yesterday's draw that De Voest would lead a team of four, which includes Australian Open doubles runner-up Raven Klaasen, Nikala Scholtz and Ruan Roelofse.

"Winning this tie this weekend is very important because we want to move forward, we don't want to go backwards, so we need to win this and it's the bottom line," De Jager said.

"We have a good team here and are confident that we will do well this weekend."

De Voest, who is ranked 170th in the world, would face Monaco's debutante Romain Arneodo in the opening match today on the hardcourts of the Irene Country Club.

After that match, Scholtz would take on Monaco's No 1 singles player, Benjamin Balleret. "I look forward to playing first on Saturday, it's always great when your number one can start off and ideally your number one can give you a lead," De Voest said.

"I always feel I perform when I'm in South Africa, I do lift my game because I love playing in a team environment and I think we have a great team here. …

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