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Bothwell calm as Davis Cup tie is hit by deluge

 

Peter Bothwell
Peter Bothwell

By John Flack

Ulster's Peter Bothwell and the rest of the Irish Davis Cup team face a testing double-header today after yesterday's play was abandoned due to torrential rain in San Marino.

Ireland were looking good to take a 1-0 lead against the hosts when the elements brought a premature end to proceedings.

Dublin teenager Simon Carr, playing at second singles, was leading Filippo Tommesani 6-0 3-1 when the match was called off and the players will try again today when the forecast is a bit more promising.

After completing the tie with San Marino, Ireland will take on Kosovo as they continue their bid to seal the top-two overall finish which would guarantee promotion back to the third tier of the competition's Euro Africa zone.

Hillsborough man Bothwell, who has been named at No.1 singles, said: "It's going to be a slightly longer day than anticipated but there's no point in being frustrated because we can't control the weather.

"We are focused on the task ahead, and at least Simon made a good start to his match before the rain intervened. We're looking forward to it."

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