New Zealand have a shot at claiming a spot in the World Group Play offs when they take on Indonesia in the Davis Cup and if they win, they'll qualify for the World Group playoffs in March. "It's enormous," Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt said.
“The Davis Cup seems to change regularly, with what the plans are, but for us to get into that World Group playoff is massive and it will be good to start the new Davis Cup on the right foot and get going in that world group qualifying”.
He further assessed the tie, saying, "It's obviously going to be a tough tie this weekend and we'll see what happens." Speaking about the team, Hunt said, "It's disappointing with Rubin not here, hopefully he's recovering well from his injury and I'm looking forward to seeing him back on court.
But it is exciting for the young guys and we're looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend”. He continued by saying that these young guns will take time to adapt to the situations, "It's a big challenge for them and a new environment, going out in live matches is always a challenge first up.
So we're trying to help them get ready and settle down, to get them in the best form they can be in for this weekend”. "These guys are the future of the team and the quicker we get them feeling comfortable in this environment, the better it is down the track."
With three doubles experts in the team - Michael Venus, Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, it’s hard to keep one out and this time Sitak faces the axe. “It's always going to be tough," Hunt said. "The established team is Artem and Marcus, they've played the most together in Davis Cup ties, but Mike has obviously been playing predominantly singles in the past.
But Mike is the No 1 player and has got a big foot in the door”. "Mike is still there to some degree as singles cover and that has to be on the table, so we'll see how the week pans out."