Guam Set for Davis Cup Debut in January

In this file photo, Guam’s Danny Llarenas plays a forehand return to No. 7 Bumpei Sato of Japan during Round 2 of the 2013 edition of the Guam F1 Futures tennis tournament, an ITF Pro Circuit event currently called the King’s Guam Futures tennis tournament presented by Hilton Guam Resort & Spa and Docomo Pacific, at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa tennis courts.
“Many top players in the world have considered playing in the Davis Cup – representing their respective countries – the highest accomplishment in their careers,” Smith added.
Of the four players selected, only Llarenas has previous Davis Cup playing experience. Llarenas first played for Pacific Oceania in 2011 and has since been called up four other times. He has competed in 21 different ties, with a 2-1 record in singles and a 17-4 record in doubles.
Llarenas and Cook Islands’ Brett Baudinet are listed as Pacific Oceania’s best doubles team to date with an 11-2 record, according to the Davis Cup website. Llarenas currently is an Assistant Coach for the University of the Pacific men’s tennis team, with Cajigan among players listed on the Tigers’ roster. Cajigan also played under Llarenas while attending John F. Kennedy High School. In two years at JFK, he was almost unrivaled on the court, earning the IIAAG Tennis League boys champion title both years. He moved on to play at the intercollegiate level for University of Hawaii at Manoa before transferring to the University of the Pacific.
Huynh joins the team with previous professional level playing experience in the ITF Pro Circuit under the Guam flag. He was born in Guam to a family of tennis greats, including older sister Wendy Huynh, one of Guam’s former top women’s tennis players. In the years preceding the Guam F1 Futures, Jean-Pierre Huynh featured in the Guam International Tennis Open, an international tournament organized by the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, and lifted the champions trophy in the mixed doubles division with his younger sister. He also finished in the top eight in the singles main draw.
Caldwell, 17, is the youngest player named to the squad. Caldwell is one of Guam’s top junior players to make his mark at tennis’ highest levels. For the past two summers, Caldwell was one of about a dozen scholarship recipients in the Pacific Oceania region for elite-level tennis training at the ITF/OTF Pacific Training Center in Fiji, which included entry into ITF Junior Circuit tournaments in the region. He earned his first singles main draw win on June 13, 2016, a three-setter against Australia’s Sohil Hitesh Shah, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
In this file photo, current Guam National Tennis Federation President Torgun Smith participates in a press conference for the Guam F1 Futures, now known as the King’s Guam Futures tennis tournament presented by Hilton Guam Resort & Spa and Docomo Pacific.
Davis Cup, the “World Cup of Tennis,” began in 1900 and has since become the world’s largest annual international team competition in sport, with 132 nations entered for 2018 competition, the Davis Cup Web site states. In Group IV’s Asia/Oceania region, Guam and 11 other countries will compete for promotion to Group III in 2019. Only two of the 12 countries will be promoted.

In addition to Guam, other Group IV countries in Asia/Oceania are Bahrain, Bangladesh, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and host country Oman. Matches will be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sport Complex in Muscat, Oman beginning Jan. 29 through to Feb. 3, 2018.