Tennis: Jordan Thompson will play the first rubber of his Davis Cup career in the opening match of the tie against Czech Republic.
DEBUTANT Jordan Thompson has given Australia a dream start in their Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic.
Thompson, who was called up to replace the unavailable Bernard Tomic, swept Czech No.1 Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4 in the opening match of the Kooyong tie.
“I’m lost for words. I really can’t describe this feeling,” Thompson said, after the win.
“I think it’s the biggest (moment) of my career. The summer’s been pretty good, but playing for your country is amazing, and getting us off to a 1-0 lead is even better.”
Tennis: Nick Kyrgios has ruled out Radek Stepanek has an option to coach him.
Nick Kyrgios, who hasn’t played since a spectacular grand slam meltdown at the Australian Open last month, will follow Thompson on court against another debutant in Jan Satral.
The world No.15 was picked despite being slapped with US$5,500 in fines for swearing and throwing his racquet after his extraordinary second-round defeat to Andreas Seppi at the opening grand slam of the year.
Satral took the second singles spot for the Czech Republic ahead of veteran Radek Stepanek, with world No.12 Tomas Berdych opting not to play.
The winner of the three-day, best-of-five tie will face either the US or Switzerland in the World Group quarter-finals.
Friday (from 11am AEDT)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Jan Satral (CZE)
Saturday (from midday AEDT)
Sam Groth/John Peers (AUS) v Zdnek Kolar/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Sunday (from 11am AEDT)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Jiri Vesely (CZE)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Jan Satral (CZE)