Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Syria down Cambodia in Davis Cup rout



Syria down Cambodia in Davis Cup rout

Phalkun Man lost to Kareem Allaf yesterday.
Phalkun Man lost to Kareem Allaf yesterday.

Syria down Cambodia in Davis Cup rout

Syria completed a 3-0 rout of Cambodia in their Pool B tie at the Esteghlal International Tennis Academy clay courts in Tehran yesterday to secure a place in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group III promotion playoff.

But for a brief fightback in the second set, Cambodia’s Tan Nysan had nothing going in his favour against 21-year-old Amer Naow in the opening rubber, which the Syrian No2 took in straight sets at 6-1, 6-4.

Cambodia’s non-playing captain Tep Rithivit named Phalkun Mam for the second singles against Kareem Allaf to conserve Bun Kenny for the crucial battles ahead. The 18-year-old Syrian right-hander proved too strong and wily for Phalkun’s comfort in a 6-1, 6-3 win that consumed 69 minutes.

With the tie well secured, Kareem Allaf partnered Amer Naow in the dead rubber doubles to beat Long Samneang and Tan Nysan 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.The lone consolation for the Kingdom was the set won in the doubles after the loss of 15 in defeats by Lebanon, Qatar and Syria.

Cambodia will meet Singapore in the final pool tie today. But the team’s focus will be on Saturday’s relegation playoff, which ultimately holds the key to Cambodia’s survival in Group III for next year’s cycle.The Syrians now prepare to take on Qatar.

Qatar’s participation this year in the Asia Oceania Group III may have raised some eyebrows since the team was beaten by Cambodia in the relegation playoff in the 2015 cycle in Malaysia.

Officially Qatar and Saudi Arabia were demoted to Group IV. But the Davis Cup committee was made aware of a technical violation by Hong Kong during their tie that even the Qatar team had not noticed.

Hong Kong had placed their singles nominations against Qatar in the wrong order, with a lower ranked player playing above his higher ranked team-mate, a violation the ITF referee had failed to recognise during the contest. So the Davis Cup committee decided that the fair course of action was to allow Qatar to remain in Group III.

MOST VIEWED

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen warmly welcomed by president Biden

    Prime Minister Hun Sen, as ASEAN chair, and other ASEAN leaders were warmly welcomed by US president Joe Biden as the ASEAN-US summit May 12-13 kicked off today in Washington. “This evening, I welcomed ASEAN leaders to the White House for the first time in

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen invites US president to attend summit in Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen personally invited US President Joe Biden to attend the ASEAN-US Summit which is set to be held in Cambodia in November, as ASEAN and the US are expected to upgrade their strategic partnership to a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’, according to Prime

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub