Islamabad(September 14, 2017): Pakistan will take on Thailand in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II final here on Friday (September 15) in the hopes of getting their place back in Group I with a win.
The three-day tie will be played at the Pakistan Sports Board Complex on the newly-laid grass courts and non-playing captain Mohammad Khalid believes that Pakistan should keep their record of winning at home intact.
Khalid added that it was a big moment for Pakistan tennis to host the final and the Thai players had been provided with the best security.
“Thailand are really good professionals but grass is not their biggest strength as there is no bounce on it and they would really struggle on that front,” he added.
“We’ll have Aisam and Aqeel, and our goal is to have the lead on day one, it is crucial,” said Khalid. “We might use the other two players Abid Mushtaq and Shahzad Khan depending on the results of each day.” Meanwhile the draws ceremony will take place on Thursday.
Pakistan got the chance to host Davis Cup ties after 12 years as the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had kept Pakistan on the list of unsafe venues. Pakistan players were forced to play their ties abroad which resulted in them losing their home advantage.