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The Guam team | Photo: Amish Sheth

The Guam team | Photo: Amish Sheth

Guam has entered the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas rankings for the first time after the Pacific Islanders enjoyed a successful debut in the Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV event in Oman. Having recently become a Class B member nation of the International Tennis Federation, Guam was able to compete on its own for the first time. While inexperienced as a nation, it was able to rely on the vast experience of Daniel Llarenas, who had played 21 ties for Pacific Oceania in his career.

Guam entered Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV in Oman and had an excellent week, winning three of its five round robin ties and reaching the promotional play-offs. In the play-off, Guam took on hosts Oman, but two three-set defeats in the singles rubbers meant it would stay in Zone Group IV for 2019. However, it comes into the rankings at No. 118. Victory for Oman meant promotion but also a return into the Top 100 for the first time since April 2013. Singapore was the other nation to earn promotion, doing so without losing a rubber, and its victory saw it jump 16 places in the rankings to a best-ever spot at No. 90, surpassing its previous record of No. 91 in April 2008 and February 2007.

Having had 2000 ranking points removed in 2016 for failing to adhere to the ITF Court Pace Rating, Poland is still working its way back up the rankings. A win in the deciding fifth rubber over Slovenia last weekend sent Poland soaring up the rankings, improving some 63 places to sit at No. 68. Brazil’s win over Dominican Republic, also in a deciding fifth rubber, saw the South Americans rise back into the Top 20, moving up to No. 18 – its highest ranking since July 2015. Having plummeted to No. 60 in the rankings after competing in Zone Group III last year, Uruguay earned its first win in a best-of-five-rubbers tie since 2014 last weekend. A 4-1 win over El Salvador saw it jump 12 places to reclaim a spot in the Top 50.

After Poland, Egypt was the biggest riser, defeating Norway 4-0 in Europe/Africa Zone Group II. It was Egypt’s first win at Zone Group II level since its 5-0 whitewash of Georgia back in 2009, and saw the North Africans move up 19 spots to No. 61, its highest ranking since that triumph. Lebanon and Zimbabwe also made big moves after Zone Group II wins this weekend. Zimbabwe’s 3-1 win over Turkey saw it jump 16 spots to No. 57, its highest ranking since December 2006, while Lebanon’s 3-2 win over Chinese Taipei earned it a 17-spot boost to world No. 58. It has not been ranked this high since December 2004.

Turkey’s defeat to Zimbabwe saw it slide out of the Top 50 and it now sits just one spot ahead of its conquerors at No. 56. It was a particularly tough weekend for Luxembourg. A 4-1 defeat at the hands of Romania saw it slide 14 places in the rankings to No. 78 – its worst ranking since July 2010. El Salvador suffered the second-largest slide in the rankings following its defeat at the hands of Uruguay, falling 12 spots to No. 62. It lost in the Americas Zone Group II for the first time since 2012, which was the last time it was ranked as low as it is now.

Source: Davis Cup – The World Cup of Tennis (2018, February 06). Nations Ranking: Davis Cup Movers & Shakers.