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Ireland set for Davis Cup tie in Minsk with an inexperienced side

Updated: Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 11:43 | Comments

Daniel Glancy will be the first Irish player in action
Daniel Glancy will be the first Irish player in action

Belarus and Ireland face off in the first round of the Davis Cup this weekend in Minsk.

The nations have met just once before, also at this stage of the competition, when Belarus emerged with a 4-1 victory in Dublin in 1999.

The draw for the weekend’s matches took place in City Hall in Minsk earlier today.

Daniel Glancy will be first out on court for Ireland.

He will meet the number two Belarusian player Dzmitry Zermont at 10am Irish time.

Zermont is ranked 314 in the world.

Playing in his first ever Davis Cup tie, Dublin’s John Morrissey follows against Egor Gerasimon, currently world number 252.  

David O'Hare replaces the injured Sam Barry in the team and he will compete in his first ever Davis Cup rubber with James Cluskey in the doubles on Saturday afternoon.

They face a daunting task against the experienced duo of Alexander Bury and Max Mirnyi.

O'Hare is currently on scholarship at the University of Memphis and is part of the third-ranked doubles pair in all of collegiate tennis in the US.

The reverse singles take place on Sunday morning.

Should Ireland win the tie, they will face either Egypt or Moldova in the quarter-finals in Ireland from 4-6 April. 

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