Cook Islands tennis rep Brett Baudinet in Vietnam last year. Photo: Vietnam Tennis Federation/ 22081103
Top national tennis player Brett Baudinet is heading to Barbados to compete in the Davis Cup World Group 2 event to be held early next month.
will feature for the Pacific Oceania team who has been drawn as the fifth seed
side in the World Group 2 competition. The tie will be hosted in Barbados on
February 3 and 4 and will be livestreamed at www.daviscup.com.
Pacific Oceania team regained their position in Group 2, and were drawn against
sixth seed Estonia, who the side lost to and were relegated back down to Group
3, last year.
regional team then competed in Vietnam where they triumphed over the entire
week of the competition beating all nations they played, including top seeds
Vietnam in the finals to regain their position back up in Group 2.
said the upcoming tie “is going to be a tough battle again for us, they always
are tough in Davis Cup, especially as Barbados have home court advantage”.
will be flying to the Australia Open next week and will be training in
Melbourne before taking the long trip to Barbados.
team will be arriving there a week early to get acclimatised and train on the
court surfaces to prepare themselves for the battle.
team this year will comprise Colin Sinclair from Saipan, Clement Mainguy from
Vanuatu, Baudinet, Gillian Osmont from Tahiti and Junior Fanguna from Tonga.
super excited,” Baudinet said.
Pacific Oceania team is currently ranked 71 in the world out of 153 countries,
ranking higher than the likes of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Pretty
amazing for us small Pacific islanders in one of the most popular sports in the
world ... I am super proud of our boys and management and team that is behind
us and our achievements to date.”
has a 13-2 winning record for doubles in the last four years.
will be mainly focusing on doubles as usual, and I’m feeling confident going
in. I’ve had some great results in recent years which helps add to my
confidence going in,” he said.
year we have to nominate ourselves for the Davis Cup team, and every time I get
selected it brings me chills. I am 41 years young, and I’ve been on the team
almost half my life (19 years). It has been an absolute blast and I feel my
results have only got better and better as the years have got on. So I feel
fortunate enough that I still have a few years ahead of me.”
said he is looking forward to a big tie this year against Barbados, “one of the
hardest ties we will have yet”.
hoping to bring the house down on these guys and our team is super pumped and
everyone is out there playing tournaments and getting prepared for the battle.”