Peter Bothwell has described his "delight" at being picked to represent Ireland in the Davis Cup. Based at an academy in Spain, Bothwell - currently ranked 831 in doubles and 1,121 in singles on the ATP tour - will be the first Ulsterman to represent Ireland in the competition since Peter Jackson in 1973.
"I'm honestly delighted to have been picked by Ireland," said Bothwell.
"I was the fifth man last year but to be in the team is a great feeling.
"If I start the year strong I have a great chance of playing and that was a dream when I was boy - to represent my country."
The matches will be held from March 2-5 and Bothwell will be hoping to make an impact on the ATP tour in the meantime.
"I think I've had the best pre-season to date," added 20-year-old Bothwell.
"I'm feeling comfortable at the back of court and trying to transition forward to the net.
"The main thing for me is to focus on the process and let results take care of themselves."
Meanwhile, east Belfast teenager Karola Bejenaru will head to Glasgow next week for her latest tour event.
Romania-born Bejenaru has moved up to 970 in the world and will compete in a series of $10,000 events as she seeks to boost her ranking.